In a Vase on Monday: Buds

Once again we find ourselves on Monday, time to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden in selecting things in our gardens to show In a Vase on Monday. With almost no flowering material available in the garden still, I proposed to my Arranger that we try some of the plants that have developed a large supply of buds, just waiting for the warm weather to pop them open.


The buds displayed are from a coral bark maple Acer palmatum ‘Sangokaku,’  Pieris japonica ‘Red Mill,’ and Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton.’ The slender blue vase, obtained when we lived in Tokyo, continues the Japanese theme of the arrangement. The accent buds are from a white Cornus kousa dogwood.


Please join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have selected for inclusion In a Vase on Monday.

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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24 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Buds

  1. John I love the sleek blue vase and the anticipation of this vase as it will eventually have fattened buds and flower. I was just thinking I wanted to cut a few more branches for forcing and now we are socked in with a huge storm…so maybe midweek I’ll venture out.


  2. Christina says:

    I love your blue vase; it would be wonderful even empty. The branches waiting for their buds to open are the perfect material. Do you think the camellia buds will open in the vase or are they one of those flowers that only open when they are growing? They work as buds anyway so it won’t matter if they don’t open.


  3. bittster says:

    That would be something if the camellias open, you may be onto something! The buds by themselves look great, what a good idea and nice the two of you can work on it together.


  4. Chloris says:

    Your arrangement does look very Japanese. I love the vase. .I shall be interested to hear whether your camellias open, because if they do, it would be nice to have an arrangement of them before they open in the garden.


  5. Lovely, John. I see we are thinking alike in using the lovely Camellia today even though their buds remain tightly closed. What a peaceful composition 😉 Best wishes, WG


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  7. The vase/gilded tray is a stunning combo — even without flowers I am sure. Too snowy here to venture out to the garden so I had to improvise for my “vase”. I am jealous that you have Camellia buds to spare for indoors. Not a plant I can even grow so I can barely imagine being able to cut a stem or two for a vase!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Linda. We are quite fortunate to be able to grow camellias. They are the stables of our Zone 7 cool season gardens. Your vase today is quite imaginative…especially for a snowy day.


  8. Cathy says:

    The influence of your time in Japan has been evident from many of your vases John – sleek and simple and pared back. Very elegant – even down to the twig ‘carelessly’ lying on the table. Thanks to both of you for sharing this.


  9. Julie says:

    A very elegant way to use winter materials John and I love the vase – thank you to with you & your Arranger for sharing and I am looking forward to hearing (or seeing) what happens to the camellia buds.


  10. Cathy says:

    I love your blue vase on the gold tray! Do you think the Camellias will open? My mum tried bringing some of hers indoors recently when some cold nights were forecast, but they mostly dropped off. Maybe the shock of a warm house!


  11. Cathy says:

    A lovely vase John. I’m amazed by how imaginative all you ‘in a vase on Monday’ people are. And you must have a really marvellous Cornus kousa to sacrifice buds like that! Wish I could see it. Later on your blog, perhaps?


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