In a Vase on Monday: The Arranger’s Favorite

The dwarf gardenias (Gardenia jasminoides ‘Radicans’) are in bloom and are the decided first choice for this Monday’s vase.


Gardenias are my Arranger’s favorite flower. They bring back to her those wonderful memories of her childhood, sleeping on a screened porch on hot summer nights before air conditioning. The fragrance then and now, by her bedside, makes going to sleep a delightful journey. Gardenias were prominent in the flowers at our wedding, so there are memories here for both of us.

DSCN2433The silver cup and dish, both inscribed with name or initial and date, were gifts to her on the occasion of my Arranger’s Baptism/Christening.

There is another vase gracing our dining table today filled with hydrangeas. These are also among the favorites of my Arranger; she especially likes the blue ones. We thought we might just share a second vase this week as a bonus while the flowers are young.


I might add that the pink callas which were in our vase last week are still going strong; they look just as fresh today as they did when I cut them a week ago.

Again, I send special thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for introducing me to this meme. Please visit her site to see what she and others are sharing 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 a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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22 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: The Arranger’s Favorite

  1. Cathy Testa says:

    Must smell so good!


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely flowers and nice memories associated with your wedding.


  3. Cathy says:

    It is nice to have flowers in your garden that evoke such fond memories, and smell good too! They look very nice on the silver tray. And the Hydrangea looks fresh and cool. 🙂


  4. With our alkaline soil here we never see those blue hydrangeas!


  5. I have never grown or smelled gardenias in the garden…I have missed out and the blue hydrangeas are a favorite I cannot grow here….wonderful gifts from your garden to share with us.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Donna. I’m sure there are things you can grow where you are that I cannot (e.g., most lilacs). One of the fun things about sharing in the blogosphere is we get to see so many different plants.


  6. Kris P says:

    I expect those gardenias perfume the entire house!


  7. Cathy says:

    How lovely to be using these mementos with flowers which also have such personal associations – thanks you so much to you and especially the Arranger for sharing them with us.


  8. Julie says:

    I sometimes have small gardenia plants in the house and the scent is divine but they never survive for long. I love the idea of sitting on a porch at night and enjoying their scent – not something that I am likely to experience in the UK though! The blue hydrangeas are lovely – mine are still barely buds.


    • johnvic8 says:

      We have most of our meals now on the porch (screeened), and we have a hedge of gardenias right next to us. When they are in bloom, it is indeed a delight.


  9. Such lovely, simple vases this week, John. I love the silver setting for the white Gardenias. Are anniversary congratulations in order? Best wishes to you both, WG


  10. Cathy says:

    The shapes of those gardenias are perfection John – the ones I’ve looked after in glasshouses smell as sweet, but the flowers seem muddled and disappointing to me. I’ve so enjoyed yours (and the hydrangeas). What a lovely vase, brimming with personal memories.


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