In a Vase on Monday: Buds and Foliage

Here we are again at In a Vase on Monday, hosted by fellow blogger Cathy to encourage us to share what might be showing in our garden on this first day of the week. Driving home from church this morning, I was struck with the realization of how quickly the woods have turned from green to yellow and orange and red, seemingly overnight. It must be the cold snap that dropped in on us yesterday. Many maples in our neighborhood are blood red. So foliage is on the mind. My Arranger suggested, since everything that is in bloom right now has appeared in recent offerings, that we limit the arrangement this week to the foliage of some of the plants in our garden. The items selected for this week’s vase typically retain their current color and will provide a visual lift throughout the winter. I hope readers will find the combination a pleasing one.


The arrangement consists of Cupressus x leylandii ‘Golconda,’ Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton,’ Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ Pieris japonica ‘Red Mill,’ Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike,’ and Loropetalum chinense ‘Rubra.’

Both the camellia and the pieris are already showing ample buds that promise a colorful spring.


Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton’ above Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’


Pieris japonica ‘Red Mill’

The blue and white accents are Japanese pottery which we obtained when we lived in Japan.

Please click on In a Vase on Monday to visit the delightful postings of Cathy, the originator of this meme, at Rambling in the 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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16 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Buds and Foliage

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Your varied colors and textures of foliage make a nice display John.


  2. Christina says:

    The form and texture and the mix of shiny and mat foliage made this vase a perfect example of how foliage works together in the garden or in a vase. Great work arranger, and well grown John.


  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Christina.


  4. Elizabeth says:

    The arranger has done it again! Lovely!


  5. AnnetteM says:

    I really like this arrangement with the red leaves being picked up by the reddish wood of the table. It should last a while too.


  6. Nicely done, John! During our recent heatwaves, I contemplated a foliage only and even a succulent arrangement but fall has brought Southern California cooler weather and my flowers are making a comeback.


  7. Proof that you don’t need flowers to create something beautiful for the house. I don’t normally like pieris, but your ‘Red Mill’ is rather fetching.


  8. Elizabeth says:

    Hello John, your arrangement of foliage is superb and one that I will keep in mind over the coming months. I’m inspired to look at my shrubs and trees anew.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. As I advance in years, I am trading out plants that require a lot of maintenance (read stoop labor) and putting in more shrubs. It limits the blooms, but there are still some very attractive options.


  9. Cathy says:

    What a pleasing arrangement of foliage, John – all those different shapes and colours. Well done to the Arranger! I like your Japanese bits too


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