In a Vase on Monday: Missing in Action

Dear friends of Cathy’s meme In a Vase on Monday, I beg your forgiveness for failing to offer an arrangement this week. My Arranger and I were away for several days in Greenville, SC, to help our daughter with her holiday decorations in her new home. We came home on a Sunday full of rain.

My Arranger, of course, was at her best in creating a festive environment. Here are just a few of her creations:




We had a delightful visit to Greenville, my first time in that beautiful city. The center of the city has been saved from the blight that many city centers have experienced and rebuilt in a very people friendly area with hundreds of lively hotels, condos, shops and restaurants. We had a marvelous !!!!!! lunch.

The heart of the city is the bridge over the falls and its surrounding park:


In the park area below the falls there was a remarkable display of colorful umbrellas. I am not sure what was their purpose, but I think it had something to do with some sort of disease awareness.

Please accept the park as my vase and the umbrellas as my flowers this week.


I hope Cathy will forgive me passing on her invitation to display items from my own garden. Between the freezing temperatures of the past week and the all day rain on Sunday, there were just no flowers in my garden to plop into a vase this Monday. Please visit In a Vase on Monday to see the Cathy’s delightful postings 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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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Missing in Action

  1. Not sure what to make of the umbrellas, but how wonderful to have a waterfall park in the center of town.


  2. You’ll have to let me know you are coming again if you have time. I live on the Reedy just a few miles from the park.


  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Marian. Will do.


  4. Christina says:

    I think your arrangers Christmas arrangements would probably count if some of the material came from the garden. The park looks a great place to spend time.


  5. Elizabeth says:

    What? No wreath?


  6. Cathy says:

    We could say that the umbrellas looked like a display of colourful blooms, John…! 😉 But as Christina says, the Christmas/Thanksgiving arrangements may indeed be ‘valid’ Vase on Monday material – I like the use of the mirror in the last one. Thanks for still thinking of posting – it really does become habit, doesn’t it?


  7. Elizabeth says:

    The umbrellas make a stunning display. We haven’t started to make up our Christmas decorations yet but seeing yours inspires me to get going 🙂


  8. Julie says:

    I loved seeing the beautiful festive arrangements made by your Arranger – she really is very talented. Thank you for sharing this with us even though it was not from your garden this week!


  9. pbmgarden says:

    The arrangements look so festive. Glad you had a chance to spend time with your daughter.


  10. Hi John, No vase, but delightful photos! So glad you had a nice visit with your daughter. I love the festive look of the reds, golds and green! I haven’t started any decorating yet (I have to wait for Thanksgiving!) but I can’t wait to get to it! See you next week 🙂 Dana


  11. Your arranger was busy and my those are dreamy arrangements….next week as I am away, I am using flowers from the garden where I will be visiting…now that will be fun!


  12. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Donna. Hope you had a great time “away.”


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