Fennel and Irises

fennel, IAVOM

My daughter and her family have been away for a few days and I wanted to put some flowers on the table to greet them on their return, but right now my garden doesn’t have much to offer. (Must do something about that for next year.)

fennel and succulent cuttings

Sometimes something quick and simple hits the spot nicely.fennel in a jar

and I like the way the fennel echoed the spectacular light fitting in their sitting room

fennel and light fitting

Fascinated by the delicate lines of the fennel flower heads I had a play with them against a rust-dyed background

fennel on rust dyed fabric

Placing a piece of glass over them to flatten them against the fabric.

Now it is decision time – do I recreate these shapes in stitch, or paint, or try some other method, using them as a resist. My sister suggestsΒ Brusho paints – I had never heard of them before, so that is an exciting new media to experiment with.

I am also wondering about using the Cyanotype Process, but that would take some practice. I am going to allow the thought to bubble away on the back burner of my mind for a while.

Onto the Irises – I am including this bit as a Garden Diary entry to help me remember the names of the new Irises I have just received from Chailey Irises

4 new Irises


Grindelwald,Β  white, fragrant, mid to late flowering with some blue markings

Hi, white, mid season and fragrant

Summertime Blues, pale blue and highly scented

Raspberry Blush, pink with a long flowering season

Irises are my favourite flower, especially when they are scented. I love their sculptural shapes and the way they look like flamboyant dancers with wide wavy skirts. I have cleared a patch of ground to fill with irises and bulbs, these are the first ones to go in – looking forward to Spring!

Now to think about planting for some colour in August. I look forward to seeing what others have in their vases for inspiration – I need something perennial, bug and slug resistant and low maintenance.

Joining Rambling in the Garden and other garden bloggers for In a Vase on Monday.



35 responses to “Fennel and Irises

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  2. Asters, sedums, and hydrangeas are all good at this time of year and are generally pest free. Echinops and Sanguisorba are my suggestions

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    • Thank you for your suggestions Dorris. My garden gets very wet and is not well drained, so I think sedums and echinops might struggle. I have lost both in the past. I had to look up Sanguisorba – is that the same as Persicaria? I have one Persicaria, which again doesn’t seem very happy, it has been sulking and only just produced 3 flowers, although it seemed quite happy last year.

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      • My soil is very heavy clay and Echinops bannaticus and ritro should manage well. E. Veitchs blue has more silver foliage and prefers well drained. Sanguisorba do really well on heavier soils. The Persicaria do need watering during dry spells as they prefer better drainage.

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  3. krispeterson100

    The fennel makes a very nice welcome home note! I love your fennel under glass, especially the one stem stretching into the center of the circle created on the rust-dyed cloth – it makes me think of a tree branch backed by a full moon.

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  4. Fennel and similar umbellifers always look so architectural, so great in a vase. I will be fascinated to see what direction you go in now!

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  5. The irises sound wonderful, they are my favorite too! I hadn’t realized that fennel looks a lot like dill, so there’s my new thing for the day!

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  6. A lovely way to welcome the family back! Irises are my favorite flower, too. So elegant.

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  7. Interesting post Sandra. What a thoughtful way to welcome family home with the lovely fennel vase. The Cyanotype Process looks interesting with lots of possibilities.

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  8. A lovely arrangement. πŸ˜ƒ You need some Sedums and Asters. Nothing could be easier and the bees love them.

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    • Thank you Cathy – I have some self-seeded asters which are not very spectacular and a bit invasive, so I dismissed them, but I will have a look at some different varieties and give them another chance.


  9. Oooh, I love cyanotypes, I hope you do give that a crack, because I think those heads of fennel would make a fantastic fabric design πŸ™‚ It’s also such a beautiful shade of blue…

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  10. I adore fennel and dill, so architectural and delicious to eat too. You are going to LOVE Brusho! My only regret is breaking the seal to open instead of turning them into a pepper pot sprinkler with a push pin. Top Tip ~ If you decide to open the seal, do so over a sheet of water colour paper so that anything that falls out can be immediately spritzed and not wasted.

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  11. Not sure what happened to August! Hardy fuchsias are good for colour summer into Autumn.

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