In a Vase on Monday

I hope the gardening community will allow me to join the “In a Vase on Monday” group. Here in my first effort I am offering an arrangement of peonies that are in bloom this morning in my garden. Most of these beautiful blossoms are from heirlooms that originated in my grandmother’s garden and were given to me by my Aunt Martha. I have only suspicions about their names.

This is an extraordinary year for peonies here in our Charlotte garden. They are blooming their heads off, are standing up (at least until the weekend deluge knocked some of them over), and even the side buds look like they are going to bloom. That hasn’t happened in the past. My gardening buddies believe that the unusually cold winter we had is the reason; I think I agree.

DSCN1504DSCN1503If anyone can help with the identification, it will be most appreciated.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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3 Responses to In a Vase on Monday

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Can’t help with the names of these but they are beautiful indeed. Nice to have the tie back to your aunt and grandmother. (It’s helpful when joining in a meme to mention the host site ( in your post, then visit that site and leave a comment on Cathy’s post telling her the address of your post, so you can find each other. Others will be able to discover that you’re participating in the “In a Vase on Monday”.)


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will indeed include the host site in the future


  3. Cathy says:

    Hi John – your peonies are gorgeous, and how lovely to know their provenance even if you are unsure of the names. The mid-pink one is especially lovely as it so different to any of the common ones seen in the UK. Thanks for joining in – look forward to seeing more vases!


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