In a Vase on Monday: Crape Myrtles

The crape myrtles in my garden are still going strong. Several of them are blooming much later than in previous years. I believe it may have something to do with the intense level of summer heat and lack of regular rain showers. Whatever the reason, I am delighted to have them still blooming their heads off now, and so it only seems appropriate to highlight them in this week’s In a Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.


I don’t know the name of the pink one, but I always refer to it as my ‘Watermelon Pink’ crape myrtle. The purple one is ‘Catawba.’

My Arranger suggested that we locate the arrangement on our front porch. It takes a winning place between our two rocking chairs, a spot where we often find ourselves on a late afternoon watching the crowds pass on their way home. A glass of wine makes it close to perfection.


Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are including in their vases 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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14 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Crape Myrtles

  1. pbmgarden says:

    The crape myrtles are striking together and the blue vase is lovely.


  2. Christina says:

    The blue vase is striking; I’m going to move my Crape Myrtles because I think it is too dry for them on the slope and they might do better in another position. I like your aperitvo spot, it looks ideal – cheers!


  3. Beautiful. I love those little purple blooms.


  4. Beautiful flowers that we don’t grow here so it was lovely to see them in that gorgeous blue vase.


  5. Hannah says:

    These are flowers I miss from warmer climates, though the rose garden does have some. The bright colors look fabulous with the deep blue vase. Your porch is a great place for them.


  6. Cathy says:

    My goodness John – no wonder you love these crape myrtles so much. They always look brilliant in your vases and in the garden they must be stunning. Thanks for sharing


  7. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Cathy. There are really special right now. The purple one is starting to fade, but the “watermelons'” are still going strong.


  8. bittster says:

    Those colors are great. We’re just a little too far north for them and it’s one of those plants I wish I could grow!
    Love the porch.


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