In a Vase on Monday: Holding On

It’s time once again for another Vase to share for Cathy’s meme,  In a Vase on Monday, for which we are asked to share something from our current garden each week. Last week I complained about their being so little left in my garden to include, and this week is not much better. I was, however, able to locate a single ‘Debutante’ Camellia japonica that made it through the frost unscathed. Using the simple silver vase and tray and adding the purple pansy were, of course, my Arranger’s contributions.


The limited flowers right now suggested that a simple arrangement might be best to take advantage of what is available. The silver bud vase has been in the family for several generations, and the tray was a wedding gift. My Arranger even polished them for the photograph. How nice is that? The greenery is foliage from a very happy ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae. The small glittery balls are included to remind us of the approaching holiday season.

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Please visit Cathy at  In a Vase on Monday to see what she and others will be sharing from their gardens this week.

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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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14 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Holding On

  1. Julie says:

    This is lovely John, its harder to create a simple stylish arrangement when there is so little in flower. Lovely connection to with your bud vase and tray.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Julie. I have my Arranger to thank for the idea.


  3. I really love this simple elegant arrangement….


  4. Cathy says:

    Yes, I love its simplicity too – the little details just emphasise how perfect those two flowers are. Thanks so much to both of you 🙂


  5. Kris P says:

    Very elegant! The first bud on my own Camillia japonica is just shy of opening too.


  6. pbmgarden says:

    I like your Debutante camellia and your arranger dressed her up lovingly. The ornaments add a nice detail.


  7. Is C. japonica much less hardy than C. sasanqua?


    • johnvic8 says:

      Both of them are hardy in this zone 7b; in general, the sasanquas bloom fall on and japonicas usually don’t start until February. My Debutante (japonica) is clearly blooming earlier than I expected and a friend tells me the same thing. You might want to check on Camellia Forest Nursery in Chapel Hill to get a better handle than I can provide across species.


  8. bittster says:

    Looks great, I love the rich, dark pansy in there!


  9. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, I have always had a spot in my gardens for that color.


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