In a Vase on Monday: Viola’s Last Stand

We are in the midst of changing out our pots in our semi-annual transition. It’s time to replace the winter annuals with summer ones. It means, of course, putting into the compost pile a lot of still beautiful pansies and violas, but that is the price we pay to get a head start on the summer flowers. We are likely to pay that price again next fall when we reverse the process.  In a Vase on Monday seems a fitting and just final place for the violas before their banishment to the compost pile.


The tiny vase is one of our small cobalt blue containers.


In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, who invites us each week to share something from our gardens in a vase. Please visit her site to see what she and others are showing 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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22 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Viola’s Last Stand

  1. Cathy says:

    What a lovely colour! It is sad to remove them while they are still flowering, but an excellent excuse to cut the lot to bring indoors and enjoy head on for a few days!


  2. Pretty vase. Looks like the weather might cooperate, so I’m hoping to squeeze out a few more weeks with my violas before making a change.


  3. Those are such a delicate color, perfect for spring. We’ve taken photos now and then when the compost pile looked rather lovely with recent floral additions!


  4. Too soon after a slow start in the fall to get going, a pause during cold weather, and NOW, and now, they are at their best. I would have thrown myself in front of them and shouted, NO! NOT YET!


  5. Anca Tîrcă says:

    Lovely vase, I like the colour of the violas, it is a pity you have to throw them away! Thanks for sharing, John!

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  7. Cathy says:

    They are a indeed a gorgeous colour. Did you grow them from seed and if so do you know what variety they are? This is always a dilemma, isn’t it, but my pansies are safe for a month or maybe too – but I will plant them in the garden then. Have you not got a space you could squeeze yours into…?


    • johnvic8 says:

      Sorry, Cathy. I don’t know the name of the violas. I don’t have the space or setup to grow things from seed. I’m looking for a spot to plant them in for the few weeks before the really hot weather comes.

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  8. I am very fond of violas and pansies, I actually prefer the smaller V. tricolor Johnny Jump Ups the to bigger pansies. They make a very lovely small bouquet.


  9. Julie says:

    Lovely to give the violas a chance in a vase before they are consigned to the compost John!! It will be quite a few weeks yet before I can change over my pots.


  10. Wow John…I am still getting mine to grow more before I plant them out….I just love any flowers in the viola family. These are such a lovely shade of pinky purple.


  11. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you repurposed the violas today. They look perfect in the cobalt vase. Mine look so happy I think I’ll give them another few weeks.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Susie. It’s never an easy decision each year…when to trade…but I learned in a very hot summer some years ago that early April is the best time.


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