In a Vase on Monday

For this week’s In a Vase on Monday, I must rely on some of the flowers you have seen before. These, however, are among the things that are blooming right now and are the obvious choices. As more plants grow and begin to flower, I will be able to broaden the view. We had a significant frost in our area Saturday night, and I must admit that I cut the items for the arrangement before the temperature went below freezing. It always helps to plan ahead (or so my grandmother taught me).


The flowers are ‘Governor Mouton’ Camellia japonica, an unidentified hellebore, and Muscari armeniacum. The blue and white container is one we obtained when we lived in Japan. The dish is Waterford crystal.


It will probably be a few days before I can assess the frost damage, particularly to the open camellia blossoms.

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Let me suggest that you visit her and see what she and others are finding in their gardens to bring in for a vase each 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 a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Another creative arrangement. I like the overhead view. ‘Governor Mouton’ Camellia is so lovely. I hope the frost didn’t damage it.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Susie. The open flowers have a bit of brown showing, and there is a nice blanket of petals on the ground, but there are still plenty of blossoms and buds.


  2. Wow!!! Very beautiful and artistic.


  3. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Marian. I have good help!


  4. John you also chose blue and white…love the container and display. The camellias are stunning and perfectly complemented by the muscari. A perfect combo and display.


  5. Cathy says:

    Yes, that camellia is still lovely – hope the frost doesn’t get to it. Love your ‘proper’ blue and white china ‘ginger jar’, not cheap and chipped like most of my bits! A lovely vase all round so thanks to you both for sharing


  6. Kris P says:

    You and Cathy were on the same wavelength – I love the blue and white combination. I hope your weekend frost didn’t cause much damage.


  7. Cathy says:

    I am glad you cut some camellia blooms to enjoy – and share – before the frost… I hope it isn’t damaged. A lovely combination, and so funny that you and Cathy were thinking the same this week!


  8. Julie says:

    It was a good move to cut your camellias before the frost John – they look so perfectly at home with the muscari in your blue and white jar. I am having a bit of ‘blue & white’ envy this week!


  9. Cathy Testa says:

    All I can say is “so beautiful!!”


  10. Lovely vase, and perfectly paired with the pale Camellias and Hellebores. Such a shame when frost nips the spring Camellias. So glad you rescued these beauties before the temperatures fell. Was there much damage in your garden? We had a freeze Saturday night, also, and I could tell no difference between those plants we covered and those we did not. Our Camellias are just beginning to open yesterday, and we may be out of the woods with freezing nights now. Does your ‘arranger’ work professionally with flowers? She would certainly be welcome in our garden clubs up this way. Best wishes, WG


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you. A few days after the frost, I can see the camellias are browned and new growth is lost on boxwood and roses and particularly the hydrangeas away from the house. No, my Arranger is self taught, although she did take an Ikebana course when expecting our first child a half century ago. She has been on the flower team at church.

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      • I’m so sorry for the frost damage to so many of your shrubs, John. Your Arranger has an artist’s eye for composition. Some things can not be taught- they must be felt and understood.


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