In a Vase on Monday: Iris reticulata

I am pleased to be joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, along with her many fellow meme fanatics, in producing a vase of materials from my garden this Monday.

There wasn’t much to choose from! But one Iris reticulata flowered a couple of days ago and I immediately had my eye on it for my vase. Since only one has appeared so far this year I needed some filling material, so I cut some of the deep red Euphorbia that will need cutting back in spring anyway, a few remaining strands of grasses, and two large, deep red hellebores.


The blue really stands out against the darker colours…


And I love the effect of the grasses, lightening up the whole arrangement…


The dark hellebores are one of the first plants I bought for this garden, and I do look forward to them every spring. This is also the healthiest of them all, with no black leaves.


I can almost believe the sun is shining when I look at these pictures, but unfortunately it isn’t! Another wet and grey day, but we have had some sunny weather in between, and surely some more spring sunshine will come our way again soon.


Hope you have some sunshine this week!


52 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Iris reticulata

  1. Iris reticularta is always gorgeous, I love them even though they don’t last long in the garden, most of mine have finished now and are just long leaves. But the star of your vase is that fabulous dark Hellebore and how nice that you have that special memory of it being the first plant you bought for the garden. I hope your weather improves; it’s been raining here for three days but the worst thing has been the wind.

    • Hi Christina. It snowed here Monday night and my hellebore looked quite sad, but by Wednesday evening it had all melted again. Still very cold and damp and spring is edging nearer so tantalisingly slowly!

    • I know your winter can last a lot longer than ours Sheryl, so glad to share the little bit of colour I have. Spring is coming, but oh so slowly!

    • Hi Donna. It hasn’t been much of a winter, but spring is taking its time this year nonetheless… still cold and damp here too, but I am optimistic that it will warm up a bit in a couple of weeks. Keep smiling, we have nearly got through another winter! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, exactly… the blue and the yellow of the iris close up are so lovely. We had a little snow earlier in the week, but back to grey and damp again today! Have a lovely weekend Uta!

  2. My goodness – that euphorbia is striking! It really complements the hellebore and brings out the blueness of the iris. And it’s good to be able to use prunings in a vase! Thanks for sharing, as always

    • Thank you for your encouragement Cathy. I hope to have more bits left over from pruning soon, but must be patient for just a little bit longer as it is still far too cold and damp to do anything outside!

  3. What a great use of flowers and colours this week Cathy! I would never have thought to put the little iris in a combination like that – it really sets it off. The weather is still quite cold and variable here although we did have a couple of hours of lovely sunshine this morning.

    • Thank you Julie. This combination is a perfect replica of the colours in my garden right now – mostly brownish red and dark green, with the odd splash of colour. We have had more sunny days than usual this winter, but the sky is still mostly grey… can’t wait for some more sunshine!

  4. The grass nicely sets a frame for the other little flowers. You’ve had so much color recently I’m surprised you didn’t have more to choose from this week, Cathy. You’re going to do a happy dance when spring is fully on display! And I love the aerial photos. Looking down on the arrangements is a particularly nice view. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sometimes a dark arrangement makes the lighter elements stand out, like the stamens on your deliciously dark hellebore, which the lighter grasses pick up. I like this one!

    • Thank you Noelle. I think we look at the contrasts and details much closer at this time of year and also by cutting flowers to bring them indoors; I could see the stamens on the hellebore and the yellow pattern on the iris so much better through the lens of my camera!

  6. Oh that euphorbia and hellebore must have been meant for each other Cathy. I hope that you are not waiting long for that spring sunshine. It’s disappeared from here and winter really returned with a vengeance today.

  7. I love that dark hellebore Cathy, it goes beautifully with the grass heads. I have a single iris reticulata flowering in my back garden, looks very like yours. Hope we both have large bunches to pick next year!!!

    • Hi Janet. A few more iris have appeared with small buds showing colour already, so I am optimistic! I don’t know if they spread, so I will just have to plant some more for next year. Hope you get a few more flowers too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Pretty vase – I love your purple helibore – I’ve got a pink and white one which my mum gave me not long after I moved in. I’ve got a few irises flowering so I think they’ll be in the vase nest week. Have a lovely week love bec xx

  9. Of course your vase is beautiful but my eyes spotted immediately the red wall – well done for being so brave, Cathy. I’ve also painted one wall in our living room red and love it. How brave too bringing the only iris into the house. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Having said that I could do with more courage in that respect…as others seem to take the flowers before I can even consider it! Land under here, glad we’re on a hill but spring, why do you take so long? Happy weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The weather has been so unwelcoming for going out in the garden that I have no qualms at all about cutting everything to bring indoors at the moment! ๐Ÿ˜‰ A couple more irises are open now, but we had an icy shower of snow and rain this morning so I hope they haven’t suffered!

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