In a Vase on Monday: Welcome to 2015

The state of my water-logged garden is such that I had to stretch my imagination to decide on material for this week’s offering for In a Vase on Monday. In shloshing through the garden I noticed that most of my heucheras are surviving the cold and damp reasonably well, and I decided to gather heuchera foliage to challenge my Arranger.


Of course, I am pleased with her arrangement, placed in an antique celery dish. It includes the leaves from seven different heuchera cultivars and two leaves from a heucherella.

It will be revealing to see how the heuchera plants in my garden respond to such a wet winter. I have lost several over the years because of too much moisture in the root zone. They don’t like wet feet any more than I do.

Please visit Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden who is hosting In a Vase on Monday each week to share your garden lovelies with others.

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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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Welcome to 2015

  1. pbmgarden says:

    The contrasts in the foliage are interesting. You certainly have a nice collection of heuchera. Now I’ll have to go read about heucherella–not familiar with it. Would your arranger would share how the stems are held in place?

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  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Susie. Heucherella is a cross between heuchera and tiarella. It has much the same characteristics of heuchera (of course). My favorite (read: most money spent there) nursery manager gave me two to test in the garden and they have done well. The arrangement is something of a balancing act. She simply placed the leaves in the dish, almost floating them, and then I quickly photographed them. They are still in place this morning, but I suspect would not stand very much movement.


  3. Very nice. You’ve inspired me to go take a look at my Heuchs! I’d like to see your arrangement from the side, though, as well as the top, so as to get a better view of the celery dish. (I have an unabashed fondness for china and crystal ware!)


  4. Now that is a stunning arrangement of some lovely cultivars…i too have lost many with too wet conditions…


  5. Cathy says:

    That’s lovely John – so simple and effective. I love heucheras too but in the UK they tend to die back during the winter. Dare I ask if yours are named varieties…?!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Cathy. You may dare. The heucheras are ‘Lime Ricky,’ ‘Beaujolais,’ ‘Caramel,’ ‘Peach Crisp,’ ‘Citronelle,’ ‘Southern Comfort,’ and ‘Circus.’ The hucherella is ‘Sweet Tea.’ They have started putting out new leaves already, and I will prune out the past year’s leaves in late winter.


      • Cathy says:

        Teehee, thanks 😉 Out of interest, when is ‘late winter’ for you?


        • johnvic8 says:

          Actually, I try to get things cleaned up by mid February. We often have really nice warm days in Jan and Feb and March is usually (but not always) mild. Our average last frost date is April 2, but can be ten or so days earlier (and of course later).

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  6. Cathy Testa says:

    Very nice to see the combination of Heucheras in the dish – It reminds me of something I’ve seen similar in a garden mag.


  7. Julie says:

    Just lovely John, I love the simplicity and the dish your arranger chose. We grow a few different Heucheras here in terracotta pots and the foliage stays looking good for us all through winter.


  8. Your Heuchera foliage is quite handsome, with a nice mix of colors melding together in a very fetching way.


  9. Cathy says:

    That’s a great idea to highlight just the foliage of your Heucheras in various shades. I love Heucheras and they are invaluable in my garden too, especially in the winter – pretty tough little plants.:)


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Cathy. It is remarkable that the heucheras seem to survive well enough through some pretty tough conditions. The damage they experience is usually in the leaves that are going to be cut back anyway. The old leaves seem to protect the new ones…ah! the cycle of life.

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