In a Vase on Monday: Catawba

This may be my favorite view of the garden at any time of the year. The purple Crape Myrtle ‘Catawba’ is in full bloom, seen over the Japanese maple ‘Ever Red’ (not quite so red here in July), the lime green Berckman’s arborvitae, and the arbor covered Carolina Jessamin. An unidentified “watermelon” colored Crape myrtle is in the background. It is the view from our screened porch, and it seemed appropriate that we include ‘Catawba’ in this week’s vase.


My Arranger added ‘White Swan’ coneflowers and ‘Mr. Goldstrike’ aucuba.


The pink beauty on the right is the last gasp from the continuing saga of the “immortal” calla lily. This is…finally…the absolute last of the calla lilies that has lasted since it first appeared In a Vase on Monday seven weeks ago. I assure you that you won’t see it again.


It is a continuing pleasure to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to share what is happening in our garden this week by putting together a vase. Please visit her site to see what she and others have gathered 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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17 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Catawba

  1. Christina says:

    Have to agree with you, the Crape myrtle is lovely.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Christina. I can’t seem to get enough purple in the garden. Will have to cast my search a bit wider.


  3. I really like your vase today. The large leaves play nicely with the White Swan.


  4. Hannah says:

    The purple Crape Myrtle, and magenta one behind, look so glorious in bloom, my nearest equivalent would probably be when the Lilacs are blooming. It looks great in a vase too, and the yellow variegated leaves are marvelous as a filler, I have some I use for that too.


  5. Kris P says:

    That crape myrtle is breathtaking!


  6. The Arranger has outdone herself as the bright contrasting colors are stunning…I have never seen a crape myrtle in bloom so this was a treat.


  7. pbmgarden says:

    The purple Crape Myrtle is my favorite all. Your top photo shows how nicely designed your garden is. The flower arrangement look great. That aucuba is interesting and makes a nice companion to the coneflower.


  8. Wow! Your Arranger has created a showstopper today! The Acuba against the Crepe Myrtle is almost fluorescent! The white Echinacea bridges the two and creates a happy balance. So sad to see the last of your immortal Calla. Have you more still growing in the garden? The view from your porch makes me want a glass of sweet tea and a spare hour to sip it while admiring the view. I hope you’ve gotten a bit of rain this week, too. Everything certainly looks lush and happy 🙂 Best wishes, WG


  9. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, WG. No rain to speak of, but we are surviving. I don’t have any more callas in bloom, but the greenery is holding up well. I am surely going to plant more.


  10. Cathy says:

    Wow – they do make large shrubs/trees! Gorgeous colour of blooms though and I am so pleased you have this to delight you while the rest of your garden is so quiet. Lovely choice of foliage from the Arranger too – thanks to both of you for sharing.


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