In a Vase on Monday: Going and Coming

This week’s Vase is filled with some of the last peonies and a few of the earliest blooms on the ‘Anthony Waterer’ spirea. It is truly a time of transition in my garden, as I start to look for late spring/summer and another cast of characters.


The peony is another “heirloom” that has been handed down in my family and will forever be without a proper name. ‘Anthony Waterer’ spirea is a favorite and I have a number of them throughout the garden (more on that in a later post). The vase, dish, and heart are all Waterford crystal.

My thanks go to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who invites us each week to share in a vase something we have gathered 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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12 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Going and Coming

  1. Beautiful and sophisticated! Waterford Crystal was a favourite of my Dad’s so brings back happy memories. I’ve found Spirea a bit of a bully in a garden so have avoided it this time, does Anthony Waterer stay under control easily?


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, WD. I haven’t had any problems with the japonicas. I trim them once a year in late winter and “sometimes” deadhead them for rebloom. Anthony Waterer is a reliable rebloomer, but I am having some bloom problems on several of them for the first time (more on that later). They are not in any way invasive.


  2. Oh another incredible peony and a family heirloom…perfect with the pink spirea!


  3. pbmgarden says:

    Your heirloom peony has a lovely, soft color. Works well with the spirea.


  4. Lily Lau says:

    Awww… I’m weak to your flowers! 🙂


  5. Cathy says:

    Very pretty, and I bet it smells good too. Love that little heart next to the vase – a lovely addition!


  6. bittster says:

    Great peonies! I do like single flowers, but for peonies the more doubling the better. Too bad they don’t have much of a fragrance, but in our house fragrance is the number one reason certain flowers don’t come inside. My arranger has a sensitive nose plus allergies to boot, and she would much prefer your flowers.


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