In a vase on Monday – In a goldfish bowl

The last week has been spring-like, even on the days that had a cold wind from the north, the sun shone and out of the wind it was warm.  Sunday the wind dropped and it was truly the best day of the year so far.

I have been able to work in the garden; clearing, planting and pruning the wisteria (nearly done).

I had thought that with the warm days there would be more tulips to share with you today, but they are stubbornly refusing to open their buds although I’m sure in a couple of days there will be several different varieties flowering.

I had planted some Iris reticulata in pots to have in the Orangery and these began to flower last week – today I noticed those in the garden are also flowering (later than some of those I have seen on English blogs, which is interesting in itself).  My first idea was to have the irises in their pots and some beautiful stems from a friend’s tulip tree.

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ and tulip tree woody flowers

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

The remains of the flowers from a tulip tree

I really wish I had planted a tulip tree (Liriodendron) in my garden – the flowers are beautiful in spring but what remains on the tree during the winter is the woody outer sepals which looked like small wooden flowers silhouetted against the sky.

I wasn’t quite satisfied with how the irises looked so I was inspired to try something else.

In a vase on Monday

In a fish-bowl vase I placed a leaf of Fatsia japonica and some of the seed-heads; I added a stem of a Hellebore I had been given as a Christmas present which is white in flower but then fades to green.

Fatsia japonica seed-heads and Hellebore

I then just dropped the potted Irises into the top of the vase.

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

I took it all outside to photograph.

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’

I loved this last image so much I have made it my desktop screensaver.

With my thanks, as always, to Cathy at Rambling in the garden which inspires us to be inventive with our home grown flowers.

 

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34 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday – In a goldfish bowl

  1. Christina I am very happy about the good time you have: to continue like that for a long time. Your vase today, apart from pure beauty, is imagination to power. I love it, it’s magnificent. The Iris reticulata “Harmony” I love, its intense blue with yellow is divine. And put the pot inside a fish tank with water, a leaf of Fatsia japonica, seed heads and a stem of Hellebore is a fantastic idea, wonderful, divine, beautiful, I love it. No wonder that the photo you have put screensaver, it is worth a thousand times. I think that of your vases that I have seen this one is the most imaginative one. That you continue enjoying the good weather and your beautiful garden; and that you finish soon to prune the Wisteria. Have a very good week, my friend. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  2. Iris reticulata are such marvelous winter bloomers and your arrangements allow them to shine as stars with lovely supporting characters.

  3. Gosh, those Liriodendron flowers are such a curious reminder of their original freshness – so useful for vases, like you say. I really like the goldfish bowl idea, and the fatsia and hellebore around the base looks so effective and show off the iris really well. How about an alternative of wrapping a few bulbs in moss (like kokodema) instead of using a pot another time? I am not surprised you have used that picture for your screensaver – it is so vibrant. I use the same peony and geranium photo as my blog banner and gravatar – it was one of the first digital photos I took back in 2003 🙂

  4. How enterprising your are, Christina! Yet again you’ve come up with an imaginative way to display what’s in your garden. I should try something like that featuring succulents under water. I hope we’ll be getting some of the warmth you’re enjoying soon – it’s been ridiculously cold here.

  5. Gorgeous flowers Christina, and that idea was ingenious – the pot looks great in the goldfish vase with fatsia seedheads. 🙂 Hope your sunshine continues. It has been lovely here too, but still very cold and icy in the shade.

  6. Now my I Reticulata are over, I can enjoy yours- altho outside there are brave ones still flowering. I love the intensity of their colour. They are best in a pot to come indoors to give joy while they flower I think – yours look so fresh and full of Spring.

  7. These little irises light up the February garden. I like to grow them in pots in the greenhouse too so that they will flower earlier. Harmony is a reliable one and such a gorgeous colour. I woul love to have a tulip tree but they take about 30 years to bloom so I don’t think I will bother. I had one in a previous garden, I wonder whether it blooms now.

    • Interestingly those grown in the greenhouse started to flower only about a week and a half before those in the garden< but it is nice having them in pots to enjoy inside. they flower for such a short period of time it is easy to miss them in the garden.

  8. Hi Christina, I love the combination of the Fatsia japonica seed-heads and Hellebore! I believe the first flowers I ever planted in my first garden were Iris reticulata. I see why you chose that last image as your screen saver. Wonderful!

  9. Oh talk about thinking outside the box or should I say bowl Christina. Such a beautiful little iris it would have been a crime to have beheaded them for a vase 🙂 I always wish their flowers would last just a little bit longer for us to enjoy those markings.

    • It is a shame that Iris reticolata flowers are so short lived, if they are planted in the ground I often think that we only see them once or twice before they are finished, that plus they are not always sure to return make them a better option for planting in a pot giving us at least the possibility of seeing them for their intuire lives.

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