In a Vase on Monday: Heirlooms

Over the past week all my herbaceous peonies have come into bloom. Creating a Vase this week centered around one of my Arranger’s favorites was an easy decision.


This peony was given to me almost twenty years ago by my Aunt Martha in Chatham, VA, who obtained it from my grandmother. I have no way to know its name, but I do consider it to be an “heirloom” peony, having been handed down in my family for many generations.

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My Arranger and I both love the shade of pink in this one. Also included in the arrangement are Cornus kousa, now coming into full bloom in my garden, and the very last blooms of ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Iris sibirica. This has been a particularly good year for ‘Caesar’s Brother,’ and I will miss their deep lavender until next spring.

Once again my thanks go to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who invites us each week to share in a vase something from our gardens. Please visit her site to see what she and others have selected from their gardens 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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20 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Heirlooms

  1. What a beautiful peony! I like the color combo too.

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  2. John you and your Arranger have picked fabulous blooms. I adore heirloom peonies…they are the best and I wish I had taken the over 50 yr old ones from the old house. I kick myself to this day.

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  3. Cathy says:

    Oh it is indeed a gorgeous peony, and beautifully arranged. Is it on a flat dish or is it a shallow bowl? Thanks to both you and the Arranger for sharing

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  4. Adrienne says:

    Peonies are on my list of “most covered plants” and yours are exceptionally pretty. I love the story behind them too. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Adrienne says:

    Peonies are on my list of “most coveted plants” and yours are exceptionally pretty. I love the story behind them too. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Kris P says:

    More peonies! I’m so envious!


  7. Christina says:

    Lovely, such a beautiful soft pink.


  8. pbmgarden says:

    That is so cool to have such a long history behind the pretty peony. That iris is such a fabulous color and it looks great with the Kousa.

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  9. Cathy says:

    It is a real beauty and I love the way they have been arranged in the glass bowl. Very nicely done!


  10. beautiful ! What a special family legacy to keep growing from one generation to the next .


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