In a Vase on Monday: The Governor Has Arrived

It seems like months that I have been waiting for the Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton’ to open. Buds have looked like they were ready to pop for weeks, but the cold weather we have experienced just shut them down, that is, until two days ago, and pop they have.


After such a long wait, it seems only appropriate to show them off In a Vase on Monday, the weekly invitation by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to show what is growing in our gardens.


The flowers open with a pale pink and fade to pure white.


The container is a Waterford crystal biscuit barrel, and the heart was my Christmas present to my Arranger a few years back.

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Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are putting in their vases 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 a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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34 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: The Governor Has Arrived

  1. Pauline says:

    Such a beautiful Camellia, it’s gorgeous!


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Pauline. I love camellias, don’t have enough of them in this garden, and am thinking I should give some thought to that challenge.


  3. Keep it blooming until March 30th so I can see it for myself. Beautiful!


  4. Monica says:

    I believe this is the same (or similar) to my neighbors. Such a great blush pink color. Very nice.


  5. Christina says:

    That is a really beautiful camellia! Certainly worth the wait.


  6. Sue says:


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  7. John I love the soft pink of this camellia against the dark green foliage…definitely worth the wait.


  8. Cathy says:

    Great title, and absolutely beautiful shade of camellia – thanks for sharing

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  9. Kris P says:

    I’m impressed by just how floriferous your Camellia is! My one and only C. japonica doesn’t want to produce more than one or two blooms at a time this year – I’m blaming the hot weather here on the west coast.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Kris. There must be a formula for camellias…how much cold is too much, how much heat is too much. A lot like we humans…just need to have the right mix.


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  11. Simply devine! I haven’t seen a camellia of such a pale pink colour before and I just love it. A camellia plant is on my “must have” list, but now I’m torn on which colour to go with (I had a bright pink colour picked!). hmmm, wonder if I have room for two? 🙂


  12. pbmgarden says:

    Such a delicate color pink. Lovely on the bush and it makes a beautiful arrangement (with the proper arranger of course). Does it have a nice fragrance?


  13. Cathy says:

    That’s a lovely sight, and nice that it turns from pink to white too. 🙂


  14. I absolutely adore camellias. I mostly see bright pink and red varieties here in Texas, so it is refreshing to see your pale pink variety. Lovely.


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  16. Eliza Waters says:

    Crystal and camellias – perfect and beautiful!


  17. Julie says:

    What a beautiful camellia John – such a perfect shade and how happy it must be to give you all those flowers!


  18. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Julie. Happy indeed. I just hope the frost tonight doesn’t do them in.


  19. bittster says:

    Fantastic camellia and beautiful arrangement. I don’t think the bush could hold anymore blooms than what it already has!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks. This has been its best year (in eight) so far. Could it have been the unusually cold winter that kept the buds from opening until they all were ready?


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