In a Vase on Monday: August 10, 2015

Here it is time for In a Vase on Monday. We continue to suffer from lack of rain and high heat. Nonetheless, there are still a few items that are bringing color to the garden. My Arranger suggested that they might be displayed better this week in separate small vases.


These are tough plants to survive our current conditions.

Our thanks again to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for inviting us to share what is blooming in our gardens each week. Please visit her site.

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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18 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: August 10, 2015

  1. I think your arranger was right…these all look gorgeous in their own little vase…and then nicely grouped.


  2. Noelle Mace says:

    Sometimes it is enough for each flower to have the stage to itself…but I have not been able to restrain myself! Maybe my individual blooms do not have the same presence as yours.


  3. I love the White Swan best of all, so pretty.


  4. Christina says:

    Is it always thus hot during summer where you are John? Good strongly coloured flowers, I especially like your Echinacea.


  5. Hannah says:

    Having the pretty flowers each in their own vase lets them all be stars. I like the frilly crepe myrtle, and the roses and echinacea are beautiful in their own ways too. My Anthony Waterer spirea is no longer blooming but maybe it I cut off the spent flowers it would try again.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Hannah. I deadhead Anthony Waterer after it blooms in the spring and it has rebloomed in summer…without fail…for years and years. And it is a full rebloom. I think it is a great plant.


  6. Crepe Myrtle soldiers on through the hottest summer and just keeps producing flowers . What would summer be without them ? They remain reliably bright no matter what . A lovely assortment of flowers this week 😊


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, WG. The crepe myrtles really do lift the spirit. The one in the picture is from a dwarf variety (of no name). Its blossoms are about half or less the size of the others. And this year it is blooming the best it ever has.

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  7. Cathy says:

    Yes – what a good idea to show the different blooms in different vases. It works so well – thank you both for sharing!


  8. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Cathy. We finally got rain yesterday. Things are looking up.


  9. pbmgarden says:

    Nice specimen arrangement. Your White Swan coneflower is lovely. I have some but they never looked very nice this year because of the heat and drought. The Am. Goldfinches seem pleased they’re all gone to seed.


    • johnvic8 says:

      My coneflowers have struggled this year, primarily because they were ravaged by critters when they first appeared in the spring. They are still trying to catch up, but not so floriferous as in previous year. (Sigh!) Maybe next year.


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