In a vase on Monday: Iris, Snowdrops and Raindrops

That ‘inbetween’ time has begun and there are finally a few flowers beginning to open as winter draws to an end and spring knocks on the door. After a couple of mild and sunny days some crocuses and dwarf irises are providing tiny splashes of colour in the otherwise brown and ragged flower beds, and the snowdrops have opened up completely. Just enough for a small vase!

From my small clump of Iris reticulata I picked two deep blue flowers, and one pale ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ which has fascinating markings but in my eyes cannot compete with the gorgeous colour of the blue one. With the help of some artificial light you can perhaps appreciate what I mean…

A few snowdrops were added and I used my tiny pottery vase again, bought at the Β Christmas market last year. The small rock in the photo is a reminder of a wonderful weekend spent in the mountains a couple of years ago, picked from the dry part of the river bed of the Isar near the Austrian border. πŸ™‚

I am pleased to be back this week, joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely Monday meme, and look forward to visiting many other vases over the next couple of days.

Have a great week!



68 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: Iris, Snowdrops and Raindrops

  1. What a beautiful little vase – you have balanced the whites and blues very well. I really love the delicate beauty of the ‘Katherine Hodgkin’ – it may be more subtle than the blue but just as stunning. My snowdrops are over now. I like your idea of the ‘in-between time’.

  2. Those blues give you the promise of great things to come. Don’t we love those first blooms of the year! Happy IAVOM.

  3. I love your vase as it has my fav early bloomers….beautiful! I was hoping to have that inbetween time, but winter is here for the duration with our third storm coming this week….no plants, no flowers, no birds….all in hiding!

  4. So very lovely! In central Maine, there is nary a hint of spring flowers. Last week, a nor’easter dumped a foot of snow on us, and another one is slated to dump a foot more tomorrow. Phew! Spring seems like a distant dream.

    • Oh dear. You poor thing! I should count my blessings – I always think our winters are long, but yours seem to bring snow later and later each year. Stay warm, and sweet dreams of spring!

  5. Very pretty! I keep forgetting to plant iris reticulata in the fall so this year I gave in and purchased a couple pots in bloom to enjoy. Hopefully they’ll live on in my garden once planted. I’m with you, β€˜Katharine Hodgkin’ is a joy to observe up close but the saturated color of the dark ones satisfies the thirst for strong color after a long winter.

    • Precisely – the paler ones are barely visible from the house, but the bright blue and a few bright yellow crocuses shout out ‘look at me’ every time I look out the window!

  6. I think I’ve said it before, but that blue vase is so gorgeous. I love the glaze and the shape. And I agree; the blue irises do outshine ‘Katharine Hodgkin’, but the combination of all of them is lovely.

  7. A lovely little “in between vase” Cathy. Here I noticed how well iris reticulata stood up to our recent cold snap and have made a note to plant more this autumn.

    • Yes, I was rather taken by ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ when I bought it a couple of years ago, but am so glad I have these drak blue ones and I think I will plant more of them. πŸ™‚

  8. Cathy, I’m glad you have a break from good weather. Your blue Irises are gorgeous and “Katharine Hodgkin” is very beautiful. Your open Snowdrops are very beautiful. I love the ceramic vase and it looks perfect with the flowers you have chosen. It is a wonderful, charming arrangement. The small rock next to the vase is from a trip to the mountain. Do you like to pick up rocks from the places you go? I love it, I always bring one. I have a lot and they all have their history. That you also have a happy week. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Yes, Margarita. I often bring rocks home with me. πŸ˜‰ I have a large one from a beach on the Scottish island of Skye, and several smooth pebbles from the banks of the River Danube. πŸ™‚

  9. I think that last photo really shows the beauty in this sweet arrangement, Cathy. Beautiful purple! I’m happy to hear that spring is peeking out behind the shadows and winter is saying a good-bye. You must feel rejuvenated thinking about getting outdoors in your garden. Lovely!

    • Yes, Debra. I am hoping for some gardening weather soon, to tidy up all the winter debris! The tall grasses need cutting down and I expect the weeds will start growing soon too! πŸ™‚

  10. such a sweet vase, Cathy, isn’t it great to kiss those drab days good bye!?! my Algerian irises were all killed by frost and this after their first flowering…alas, let’s hope there’s a next time! happy spring days πŸ™‚πŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·

    • Oh yes, so good to have some sunshine and a mild breeze instead of a biting wind! How sad that your irises were finished off by your cold spell. It isn’t always easy balancing the hot summers with cold winters. I am enjoying your book Annette – really useful and written so nicely! I will write a review on amazon once I am through. πŸ™‚

  11. Your vase is a beautiful little burst of early spring πŸ™‚ I do see what you mean about the deep blue irises vs. Katherine Hodgkins, though the latter is quite pretty too. Love the little vase!

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