Here are some of the things that are blooming in my garden this morning:
Included in the arrangement, with deep appreciation for my wife’s hand in its design, are ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangea, ‘Chapel Hill’ lantana, ‘Mr. Goldstrike’ Aucuba japonica, ‘Ever Red’ Japanese maple, ‘Circus’ Heuchera villosa, ‘Jackman’ clematis, ‘Frances Williams’ hosta, ‘Anthony Waterer’ spirea, and a few sprigs of an unidentified purple barberry.
Click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this marvelous idea.
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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
I just saw your comment on Cathy’s post and thought I would come over and look at your vase. It is lovely, with gorgeous summer colours. I am surprised to see your Hydrangea out already, mine won’ t be in bloom for quite a while yet. It’ s a lovely colour.
The hydrangea in the picture is the first bloom this year. The rest are ready to pop and I see color everywhere. It should be a good year. I will try to remember to post a few photos of them as they progress. The beauty of Blushing Bride, Endless Summer, et al, is that they bloom on new wood so we don’t lose them to frost and they continue to bloom all summer.
Beautiful flowers and nice arrangement John. Are they really called ‘Chapel Hill’ lantana? Susie
Yes. Indeed. Perhaps that is why I like them so much.
You’ve clearly got a lot going on in your garden! The Lantana is already blooming there? It usually doesn’t show up in my SoCal garden until mid-late summer.
The lantana is an annual.
Here I am at last, John! I love this offering and I realise I do prefer petite arrangements like this, perhaps because they are more easy to accommodate? Or less challenging to put together? I don’t know, but this is certainly very pretty. That hydrangea is SO white, stunningly so – and what is the other white flower? I like the addition of different foliage so that’s something I can work on – I have probably got a hosta leaf to suit every potential vase! Thanks so much for joining in again, it’s good to have you on board.
The other white flower is from ‘Frances Williams’ hosta. Thanks for this wonderful idea to share. The white on the ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangea will fade to a pale pink color late in the year…thus its name. This is one of the ‘Endless Summer’ type hydrangeas that bloom on new wood. I have another of this group…’Twist & Shout’ which is a lacecap. It’s almost open now.
Silly me – I couldn’t see a hosta leaf but I hadn’t thought about the flower!!