Today’s vase is quite alien compared to any I have produced before but that’s purely down to the content: a bearded iris.
I am not against irises altogether, having others which have been included in vases over the years, but I am by no means a fan of the bearded iris. Too tall? Too clumsy? Too sprawly? Too bearded? I can’t quite pin the reason down and admit they do look striking in large clumps but they are just not for me and although I was pleased to a (very) small degree that this one has chosen to send up a flowering spike for only the second time, I nevertheless took notice of the space it took up in one of my bold borders and decided that it was ‘over and out’ for this lost label specimen. I had hoped that digging it out would reveal the label but sadly it did not, although memory recalls it having something to do with its darkness and/or blueness. There are now 4 bearded iris to sell on the Open Garden days…
Joining the over and out iris in the vaguely ikebana style vase are ivy offcuts from some of the general tidying that has been taking place around the garden. The dish is an amethyst Caithness Glass bonbon dish (bought new and well before Monday vase days as a pretty piece of Caithness Glass), with a stainless steel pin holder or ‘frog’ to hold the stems in place. The prop is a reproduction vintage radio which seemed vaguely appropriate for the ‘over and out’ title, the phrase originating alongside the birth of radio.
Not surprisingly this is the last time you will see a bearded iris in one of my vases, so if you like them yourself enjoy this one while you can! Perhaps you will even have one in your own vase today – or maybe it is something else that you have plucked from your garden to pop in a vase. Please share it with the rest of us by leaving the usual links so we can check them out on your blog; I myself am in London meeting Christina (My Hesperides Garden) and Julie (London Cottage Garden) so will be catching up as and when I can.