In a Vase on Monday: Sunglow

Azaleas are taking over prime spots in our garden, and, despite a week of rain (the level in my rain gauge is almost at four inches for the week), the azaleas have not been beaten down and are holding up well. One of the brightest of the lot is ‘Sunglow,’ almost fully open, so why not give it star treatment in this weeks vase.


This vase was a gift from Meredith Stroud, whose marvelous and beautiful garden was on the Charlotte Garden Club’s annual spring tour this past weekend. My Arranger and I had the privilege of acting as “gate keepers” for the visitors to her garden, and she very graciously presented us with this vase as a token of thanks. Meredith crafted the vase of aluminum wire; it is indeed a unique…and treasured…work of art.

The clematis accent is a single blossom of ‘Henryi,’ at least that what was written on the label, but I have been confused by the light lavender edging on the blossom. ‘Henryi’ that I have grown in another garden was pure white. I think I may have a mis-identification.

Let me suggest that you visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, the host of the weekly meme “In a Vase on Monday” in which she invites others to share what is growing in their gardens. 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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16 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sunglow

  1. Helen Johnstone says:

    Wonderful flower and what an original vase


  2. Oh, such a pretty azalea! And the vase is nothing to sneeze at, either! Such a nice gesture!


  3. Cathy says:

    That’s lovely, John. I do like your new vase and I envy you all that rain! 🙂


  4. hoehoegrow says:

    Your azalea is a gorgeous colour – so vivid and bright!

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Gorgeous arrangement. Really stands out against that black tray. Glad your azaleas are able to withstand the rain. I’m not sure we’ve had four inches but possibly. Funny thing is in two or three days without rain things start looking thirsty.

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  6. Gorgeous! I love Azaleas of that particular shade. How stunning presented in such an elegant vase. I know you will have fun keeping it filled this season 😉 Best wishes, WG


  7. Cathy says:

    What a great way of showing off a single sprig like this. I have seen ‘test tube’ vases before but this is more elegant than anything I have seen. So creative! Thanks for sharing.


  8. johnvic8 says:

    I will make sure that Meredith knows about your comments on her vase. Thank you, Cathy.


  9. Gorgeous flowers, and what a fun and interesting vase! I definitely need to expand my bland vase collection after seeing all the unique vases other garden bloggers have collected.


  10. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Rebecca. We were fortunate to receive that vase as a gift.


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