In a Vase on Monday: Celebration

The vase we are offering today marks a happy occasion in our lives. It was on our church altar this Sunday in celebration of our 59th wedding anniversary. My Arranger and I are delighted to share this vase with you.

The flowers are not from our garden, but they do bring us special joy.

Please visit Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden  to see what she and others have brought in from the gardens this week.


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A Saturday Walk in the Garden

After a very welcome rainy week, I took a casual Walk in the Garden on this sunny Saturday morning. The new blooms of several plants create a new picture. Let me share views of three of the borders in our back garden.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: TRANSIENT

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is TRANSIENT.

I have usually understood the word to mean something or someone moving from one place or condition to another. What could be a better example than the water from the rains or springs, gathering in the hills above, then moving slowly or swiftly down a North Carolina mountain stream.

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In a Vase on Monday: Chaste Tree

I look forward to June each year as a time when my chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) comes into bloom. My unidentified heirloom variety is approaching full bloom.

It seems to be a promising choice for In a Vase on Monday. The blue vase is one we purchased in Japan all those many years ago and has stayed with us over five moves.

Last winter I pruned the vitex heavily and it has responded with vigorous new growth. It promises to be a banner year. One of the wonderful attributes of this plant is that it responds so well to deadheading. If I can get up high enough (my Arranger has strict rules to keep me low on the ladder) to remove the spent flowers, it will rebloom completely. That is a winner; it came from a second generation cutting from my aunt and was originally in my grandmother’s garden.

The bees love it as much as I do.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have put in their vases this week.

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A Friday Walk in the Garden: New Color

Today I am pleased to be able to share three plants which have just recently come into bloom in my garden. Each of them is contributing a new color to enjoy.

Gladioli are not supposed to be hardy enough to overwinter here in my part of North Carolina, and yet this one has survived two winters in the ground, has multiplied, and now looks very healthy.

Several years ago I visited a daylily garden in Northern Virginia and remarked to the owner how much I liked a particular specimen. She immediately got a shovel, dug it up, and gave me ‘Obsidian.’ Great gardeners are like that; they love to share.

I am still in the hunt for a dark lavender garden phlox. ‘Flame Lilac’ is a short phlox just coming into bloom now. It’s not quite as dark as I would like, but it is a beauty. I will keep hunting.

Just a week short of summer and there are sweet flowers opening now. It is fun to take a Friday walk in the garden and see what is new.




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In a Vase on Monday: June Brides

June is one of the traditional times for weddings, and that means beautiful  brides. In my garden it is time for a ‘Blushing Bride’ which is in its glory now. How fitting, then, to bring a few cuttings of this delightful hydrangea for our vase this Monday.

My Arranger put in a few bits of new cleyera foliage to add to lead crystal vase.

Please visit Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden to see what she and so many others are sharing this week.

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A Friday Walk in the Garden

Today was a lovely day in the garden. I completed some trimming and deadheading chores and then strolled around the garden. New colors are making their presence felt. Let me share just a few of them.

These are all members of the ‘Endless Summer’ family of hydrangeas. Although all of them were rather severely damaged with a late frost, they are able to flower on new wood and are loaded with blooms.

Vitex agnus-castus Chaste Tree

I am very excited to see the first lavender blooms on my vitex. I expect to see armies of bees in the near future. I cut back my three vitex trees rather severely over the winter, and they are bounding over with new growth. It’s going to be a good season.






More color is coming now from Society garlic, an annual Mandevilla vine, and the first coneflower this year.

And finally the first daylily, aptly named ‘Early Red.’


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