In a Vase on Monday: 9/1/2014

It is a pleasure to present this week’s offering for In a Vase on Monday to mark the beginning of September.


“My Arranger,” who once again put this arrangement together for me, suggested that I take the photographs on our screened porch to take advantage of the early afternoon light. The central figures in the composition are early and late blossoms from ‘Blushing Bride’ and ‘Hamburg’ hydrangeas and the deep pink Encore azalea. Supporting players are the pink annual vinca and lavender liriope. A sprig of the dark coleus was inserted to add a touch of contrast. The vase is cobalt blue.

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Let me suggest that you click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this meme, at Rambling in the Garden. I appreciate the opportunity that her weekly challenge gives to share what is in bloom in our garden.

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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21 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: 9/1/2014

  1. Great color! Very cheerful for this time of year.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Marian. The choices are a bit limited right now. I am particularly grateful for the return of the Encore azaleas at this time of year.


  3. Elizabeth says:

    Very nice! I think The Arranger is onto something with the outdoor light!


  4. Another blog I follow refers to her ‘helper’ as the golfer! I’m crazy about your ‘arranger’!


  5. Kris P says:

    You and your arranger make a great team, John. I love the azalea.


  6. Cathy says:

    You may have read that I am not a big fan of hydrangeas – but I do like the ‘green’ ones, like yours. Which is the one at the front of the vase? Now John, do tell me, do you pick the contents and instruct ‘the arranger’ to do something with them, or do you give them carte blanche to choose what they like?! The azalea is a stunning colour, isn’t it? Thanks to you and the arranger for joining in – it makes a great way to start the week, doesn’t it?


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Cathy. We are enjoying being part of this weekly event. The hydrangea in front is ‘Blushing Bride,’ both the new and old blooms are from the same plant.Typically, it turns a blush pink towards the end of its bloom. I usually go through the garden and select plants. She invariably goes back to find something that “just fits” or some foliage. It’s fun to do this together.


  7. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful combination of flowers. Hydrangeas are one of my favorites, but I have poor luck with them so am delighted to be able to enjoy yours. The azaleas add a nice touch too.


  8. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Susie. This has been only an average year for our hydrangeas, but it looks like my ‘Endless Summer’ is now covered with buds and will bloom this year after all.


  9. Annette says:

    Very elegant, John, and that see-through-vase is lovely too.


  10. Your arrangement is lovely! 🙂 Dana


  11. John I really love your arrangement in that beautiful blue vase. Lovely colors perfect with the hydrangeas for the end of summer.


  12. Cathy says:

    That’s lovely! I have never seen pink vinca before. 🙂


  13. Elizabeth says:

    Hello John, a really stunning vase – the arranger seems to know a thing or two 🙂 Your hydrangeas are beautiful and once again I’m taken with the names plants are given. Endless Summer … I think I will have to add one or two to my garden. Here in Scotland I should be able to grow them successfully but the one I have at the moment is a poor wee thing, inherited with the garden and not doing well. Oh, and like Cathy, I’ve never seen a pink vinca before – it’s lovely.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Cathy. If I remember correctly, Endless Summer was introduced here (at least to me) in the mid 90’s. It was promoted as a macrophylla that would bloom on new wood, meaning that if a frost killed over-wintering buds, we would still have blooms. That has proved to be true for my plants. Two additional hydrangeas…Blushing Bride and Twist and Shout…are from the same breed and have the new wood characteristic. I hope you will try one or more of them.


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