In a Vase on Monday: Refreshed

We finally had a short rain shower on Thursday night, and when I got back on Sunday night from a weekend away the garden had changed noticeably. And my surprise Iris had flowered!

As you can guess, it had to go in today’s vase, to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her lovely meme. πŸ™‚

The contents of the vase on the left were actually in the taller carafe to begin with, but I started fiddling and fussing and eventually the stems were all too short and I started again! It consists of Irises and Moon Daisies, with the addition of Aquilegias and an early deep red peony.

I had no qualms about cutting another iris, as the hot weather is ensuring short lives for everything this spring. So, on the right is another of the lovely surprise irises which rarely flower. It must have been planted in the former water feature before we came here and for some reason only flowers every few years. I was extremely surprised this year as the ground is so dry. And I was also surprised at its scent. Mmmm! It is accompanied by some Siberian Irises, Moon Daisies, Vinca foliage, white Geranium phaeum, some white Dicentra, a few wild grasses, Hosta leaves (still intact before the slugs and snails discover them!) and a couple of sprigs of Aruncus dioicus flower buds – I love them best at this stage!

The bright sunlight and strong wind outside made photography difficult today, so I resorted to indoors in front of our fireplace…

It has just started to pour with rain as I write, with rumbles of thunder all around us, making my chosen title even more suitable! Rain! At last!

60 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Refreshed

  1. Purple and white are so pretty! Glad you got so much-needed rain. Dry in Maine, too, as it has been for the past few years. Not typical for a Maine spring but alas I fear it might be the new normal for us.

    • I fear it may be the new norm for us here too. This is the second year in a row where we have hardly had a drop all spring. Hope you get some nice gentle rain soon and not storms like we are having right now!

      • South of us there were terrible storms, with tornado watches. Nice light rain in central Maine, but not enough of it.

  2. Such lovely vases Cathy…..I am partial to purple in a vase and find it goes so well with so many other colors…..I can’t wait for my irises to bloom. We also need rain here after a flooding April.

    • I bet you will be catching us up soon Donna, and your irises will look good when mine are simply a fading memory… Shame they don’t flower all summer! πŸ˜‰

  3. It is a beautiful vase Cathy, but the white irises have me swooning. For some reason I am afraid to grow them, but the more I see them the more I want to add them to my garden. Thank you for sharing your beautiful blooms.

    • Oh, you should at least give irises a try! I am pleased they do well in my garden, as I always thought they like damp ground, but there are so many different ones for all sorts of conditions and very hardy too! Thanks for visiting!

  4. Beautiful, I adore white flowers. I have three white bearded Irises in the garden but I don’t think any of them look the same as yours! Glad you got some rain at last. We are still having thunderstorms and rain, the garden has never looked greener.

  5. You lucky lady getting rain and surprise iris blooms. I love those big white irises. They certainly say look at me. Happy IAVOM.

    • When we got home late it was dark, so I got a torch and walked around the garden and they were the first thing I spotted… like you say, they were shouting ‘look at me!’ πŸ™‚

  6. Iris and rain, good fortune is smiling on your garden. I love Varigated Vinca major and was happy to see yours, it pops with the other colors in the vase. We are having a stormy week here, I am gratefl for the rain.

    • We are grateful for the rain too. My vinca really suffered in our late freeze in March and I had to cut it all down to the ground, but it has bounced back and looks better than ever! πŸ™‚

  7. Cathy the small vase is adorable with her beautiful dark red Peonia and her white iris: I love it. The large vase is magnificent with the beautiful white iris contrasting with the purple of the Siberian lilies. I really like the white Dicentra, the white Geranium phoeum, the variegated Vinca major and the leaves of Hosta. I love your whole bouquet, it’s beautiful. I’m glad it rains, even with lightning and thunder. Have a nice week. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  8. Oh, I really dig this one of course, because it is so white! Even the bearded iris is white! Not many grow the white ones. I have four, although I do not know what they are, and two are probably the same. (I actually dislike one of them because it seems to be slightly gray. I just can not get rid of it because we have been together too long.) All that white shows off the blue and red exquisitely! That red peony looks like one of those big ruffled camellias.

    • I have no idea what this iris is either, but as I get older I am getting far more relaxed about unnamed plants and just enjoy them anyway! πŸ™‚ A grey iris sounds intriguing…

      • You know, most of my favorites are unnamed, or merely named from the home or location where they came from. I was pleased to determine that my iris were probably Iris pallida, only because it explained why they were grown in such a utilitarian garden. Other than that, I do not care. I will always grow them. I sometimes compare certain cultivars or varieties to known cultivars or varieties, but rarely know for sure. Names are more important on the farm where all the produce must be labeled accurately for consumers.

          • I just read this post Tony and it is so true of how people collect plants here in Germany too – many of mine have come from neighbours and are the ‘standards’ that do well locally, referred to by their colour. (e.g. the red/pink/white peony!) Gardening in my home country the UK has changed since I was a child, and the obsession for new cultivars is wonderful but also sad, as eventually the originals (which are usually much stronger against disease or pests) may be overlooked and will die out.

            • I used to get ‘samples’ of new introductions (until the marketing sorts realized that I was a bit to honest with my reviews). It seems to me that plants are being bred to die out in a few years so that it is necessary to purchase more. That is how they make their money.

  9. The white bearded Iris are gorgeous! I love the whole arrangement. Congratulations on the rain! We got a teeny-tiny bit in early May (totaling all of 0.05/inch) but, as any rain as late as May is almost unheard of here, I’m happy for it, especially as we’re solidly back in a drought status after a disappointing winter rainy season. I hope May in your part of the world is blessed with gentle rain punctuated with sunny days.

    • Thank you Kris. I know how precious rain is to you, and appreciate it more after this spring drought. And when I hear how much rain you have had in inches I feel humble… we measure it differently here (litres per square metre) but we have had so much more in the last three days and are still saying it isn’t enough! LOL! I do hope you have some more unexpected showers too!

  10. How exciting to have some rain – I have several empty water butts here!! The white iris makes a real statement and it looks especially effective with the variegated foliage

    • Thanks Susie. I don’t mind not knowing the name of this iris, but will still have a look online later to see if I recoognize it anywhere!

  11. Glad to hear you are getting some rain, Cathy. The garden will be happy. πŸ™‚
    That is a pretty iris – I do wish they lasted longer, but I guess that makes us appreciate them more. I hope mine produce well this year – time will tell!

  12. That is such a beautiful iris! And so lovely in combination with the smaller flowers. πŸ™‚ So glad you and your garden have some rain – please wave any extra this way… πŸ˜‰

  13. The white and blue is very elegant and refreshing to look at. I’m sure your garden will be glad of the rain. Thanks for visiting my website. I’m slowly getting there with it but it has been hard work as I decided to do it myself.

  14. I learnt a lot from your post! That white iris is divine. I didn’t know that they came scented (guess what I’ll be sniffing over the coming weeks). I had to look up moon daisies … I’d not heard them called that before. I’ve not seen a white G. phaeum either. Great stuff.

    • This is either Geranium phaeum ‘Album’ or Geranium sylvatica ‘Album’ – I have got both and always get them mixed up. Both gorgeous!

  15. Oh glad to read that you have some significant rain Cathy. We could actually do with some here.That whopper of a white iris is stunning. You have two of my favourite flowers in your vase – the white geranium phaeum and bleeding heart πŸ™‚

  16. Oh rain! I love it so. I’m glad you got some rain, Cathy, and my what a pretty vase. I always admire your white cafe drapes as well whenever they feature on your blog. They’re lovely. Have a terrific week.

    • πŸ™‚ I had to smile at the term ‘cafe drapes’ which sounds so romantic – we simply call them net curtains! πŸ˜‰ We have had loads more rain Alys and my garden is positively thriving! Hope you are having a good spring Alys. πŸ™‚

      • Net curtains? How interesting. I’ve never heard that term. I think they’re lovely.

        Great news on the rain, Cathy. Gardens look so refreshed from natural rainfall. I’m using my rain tanks to fill the bird bath and to water potted plants. It feels good to be capturing and using that resource. We’re enjoying a milder spring so far, too. We’ve often had a heatwave by now. I’m enjoying it while I can. It’s not likely to rain again in San Jose until October. I’ll miss it.

  17. I do envy the rain, Cathy! πŸ™‚ I have some white iris in my garden that once were in my grandmother’s garden. I am very partial to them not just for their sentimental connection, but they really are striking in the garden. Your all white arrangement is particularly beautiful!

    • It is lovely to have flowers linking you to special people in your life. Most of my peonies came from my parner’s mother/grandmother and they remind us of them each year when they flower. πŸ™‚ You are right, white flowers are striking, but I have tended to avoid other white flowers as they can look a bit unsightly as they go over.

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