In a Vase on Monday:

Here we are again on Monday and time for In a Vase on Monday. This week the crape myrtles in my garden are beginning to open and becoming the stars of the garden. What better to include in a vase?


The pink crape myrtle is ‘Tuscarora,’ and the purple one, my favorite, is ‘Catawba.’ We added the blue Hydrangea macrophylla and ‘White Swan’ coneflowers for contrast.


IMG_1884I couldn’t resist putting my “miracle” flowers once again as a sidelight to this week’s offering. Three calla lilies, down from seven originals,  are still presentable after six weeks in the vase. They are getting shorter each week as their stems seem to deteriorate from the bottom, but I am amazed these three have survived so long. Has anyone out there had similar experience with cut flowers hanging on for such an extended period?

I am grateful to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for starting this meme and inviting me to participate with others in displaying what we can bring in from our gardens each week. Please visit her site to see what she and others are doing 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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11 Responses to In a Vase on Monday:

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Nice rich colors. The purple crape myrtles are among my favorite. Calla lily seems like a must-add garden plant.


  2. Cathy says:

    Myrtles are not something I have come across here John but if you call them ‘stars’ then they must do well for you and they do look lovely in the vase – I wonder if they are hardy in the UK? Your callas have been amazing and I am not surprised you are still showing them off! Thanks for sharing


  3. Those calla lilies are really something John…and I love the hydrangea with the white coneflower….a great contrast with the pinks!


  4. Did you really need to be invited? 😀 It is nice seeing your flowers in the vase, I especially love Crepe Myrtle. Don’t gardeners always covet what they can’t grow? I pick weekly and more often after a storm. Yesterday, the glads came inside after they were toppled.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Donna. I lost most of my few glads to Japanese beetles and rain/wind.


  6. You and the Arranger can make anything beautiful! What a lovely idea to cut the Crepe Myrtles and use them in a vase. That is the quintessential summer bouquet for this time of year. I had similiar luck with the Callas I cut earlier this summer. They lasted FOREVER, which was nice. But I upset my partner so much by cutting them, I’ve resisted the urge to cut more. I hope you get some relief from the heat soon. Today was only a few degrees cooler, but without the humidity we have truly enjoyed the day. Best wishes, WG


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