In a Vase on Monday

The frost we experienced the past few nights has seriously reduced my options to participate in In a Vase on Monday. The rose and azalea blossoms are now mush; the few remaining flowers on the garden phlox have faded into pale reminders of their former selves. Any remaining life in the summer annuals is gone. What is left are the annual pansies we just planted and a camellia. The frost wasn’t quite severe enough to damage the ‘Our Linda’ Camellia sasanqua blooms which have already appeared in previous offerings.


I am grateful to my Arranger who made the best of my meager gleanings in her Ikebana vase. The pink is, no surprise, ‘Our Linda’ in a repeat performance, supported by the green buds of Pieris japonica ‘Red Mill.’ The deep purple pansies, lovely in themselves, are added as complements. The gold lacquer tray has become a staple in our offerings, and the white stones are included to enhance the oriental spirit of the arrangement.

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Please visit In a Vase on Monday to see 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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22 Responses to In a Vase on Monday

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful arrangement. The color combination is striking. Your camellia must be well-protected. Most of my blooms were severely damaged this weekend.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Susie. As to protection, it is essentially without protection, and it may be that ‘Our Linda’ is a bit tougher than some.


  3. Annette says:

    I was just going to say you’ve such a hand at arranging but my praise goes to your arranger then ;). Lovely, festive colours and mood.


  4. johnvic8 says:

    On behalf of my Arranger, I thank you. I couldn’t do it without her.


  5. I like how the camelias swirl upwards – creates great interest. Well done!


  6. Christina says:

    Beautiful use of a few choice flowers, well done to your arranger. I love this style of arrangement but have no idea how to begin creating one. would your arranger be willing to explain one day?


  7. Kris P says:

    Your arranger did a marvelous job. The simplicity of the arrangement fits the flowers perfectly.


  8. Cathy says:

    So stylish and elegant – like Christina, I wouldn’t know where to start and, I guess, without your delightful arranger, neither would you! Sorry, just teasing John 😉 You must be very proud…


  9. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful arrangement. The pansies are a stunning colour. Elizabeth


  10. Julie says:

    You make a great team John, this is lovely.


  11. Julie says:

    What a beautiful and elegant use of a few blooms – well done to both you and your Arranger!


  12. CathyT says:

    The pansies with the camellia are inspired John – a very elegant arrangement, which I hope you are both enjoying today!


  13. Your camelia looks so much like a rose. As for pansies, I always find them irresistable.


  14. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Jason. Camellias are going to be my mainstay for the next few months, and the pansies and violas are handling the freezing weather just fine.


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