In a Vase on Monday

It’s time for In a Vase on Monday, an invitation from Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to share what is in bloom in our garden this day.


We chose the first oak leaf hydrangeas and ‘Twist and Shout’ hydrangeas to build around and added ‘Anthony Waterer’ spirea and ‘General Sikorski’ clematis, with a dash of Cleyera japonica foliage for good measure.


My Arranger added the small cobalt blue vase with gold lantana ‘Compact Bullion’ to match the large vase of the arrangement.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have to share with us 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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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24 Responses to In a Vase on Monday

  1. John the hydrangeas are really quite spectacular in that blue vase….


  2. Kris P says:

    Beautiful arrangements as usual, John.


  3. Cathy says:

    John and the Arranger – that’s lovely! We should use clematis in vases more often, shouldn’t we?


  4. pbmgarden says:

    You can use the hydrangeas every week and I would look at them with renewed admiration. So lovely.


  5. bittster says:

    Nice color choices, it seems like a cool and refreshing arrangement for summer.


  6. The most perfect weather for gardens here in North Carolina. Nothing better than selecting these beautiful blooms for a lovely arrangement. Now, how about some sweet tea on the screen porch, a good book, glancing at the garden, and friends.


  7. Barbara Speir says:

    Such incredible colors and in the deep blue vase against the yellow wall it is even richer. Love the arrangement and envy all the beautiful plants you can cut from for arrangements!


  8. Cathy says:

    Lovely hydrangeas and clematis, and the small matching vase with yellow is such a nice touch!


  9. Very nice! I never thought of using Clematis as a cut flower. Does it last long?


    • johnvic8 says:

      I waited to respond to you, Jason, until the clematis began dropping its petals this morning. That makes five days in the vase. I suspect a factor is how fresh is the bloom on the vine when cut. A just opening flower should last longer.

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  10. What a beautifully cool arrangement for a hot summer day . It whispers that summer is here again at last . Love your hydrangeas. that’s a wonderful blue vase !


    • johnvic8 says:

      Unless we get a good rain soon, summer may already be here. Thanks for your comment.

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      • Be careful what you wish for, John. We are watching the tragedy in TX and other areas who have too much rain. I’m watering daily now, and watching transplants wither in the heat. Too hot too fast for most of the garden to adjust properly- or the gardeners. Hope you get gentle rains soon, and that we do, too 😉 Best wishes, WG

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