In a Vase on Monday: Survivors

When I went for A Walk in the Garden this morning, I witnessed the results of an overnight frost. Many of the flowers that were blooming yesterday are now mushy and turning brown. That left me with limited options for this week’s In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

The centerpiece of the arrangement is the white iris ‘Immortality,’ which is one of several reblooming iris that are still putting up flowering scapes and buds. ‘Immortality’ bloomed in the spring, repeated in small numbers in August, and is making yet another appearance in November. A few ‘Our Linda’ Camellia japonica and Encore azaleas survived at the innermost parts of their plants. The outer blooms were damaged by the frost.


The small vase holds some of our initial plantings of violas and a camellia.


I did discover the first blossom of camellia ‘Debutante’ and put it in a silver bud vase to add to the vases this week. I purchsed this Camellia japonica at the Biltmore Estate garden several years ago, and it has done well here.


I continue to be grateful to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for creating this meme, as it keeps me excited about the garden year round…even after our first damaging frost. Please visit Cathy and 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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17 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Survivors

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh your arranger (the Perfect one, of course!) has done a grand job today – absolutely beautiful vases, but with that pure white iris I don’t suppose you could go wrong!


  2. Noelle says:

    Such sweet little offerings…the camellia is a real beauty, and the shiny green leaves show it off to perfection.


  3. John I adore your survivors…especially the iris which I wish rebloomed here. The azaleas are also a delight to see with those precious violas.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Donna. You should be able to grow reblooming iris there if you can grow regular bearded iris. They require nothing different…except a bit more room as they multiply a bit faster than the regular ones. They are usually ready to divided after two years.


  4. pbmgarden says:

    Gorgeous fresh blooms John. I hope to have a few more iris blooms too this year.


  5. Julie says:

    You are so lucky to be able to put iris and camellia flowers together John – they look stunning! I always love a miniature vase with a bigger arrangement and what a good idea to use flowers from your containers – I tend to forget about those when I am looking for candidates for a vase. WE share a love of camellias, but sadly although I have plenty of space they do not like my soil so I have to grow them in pots. This limits the number I can have. You certainly seem to have some beauties.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Julie. I wish I had more room for camellias in my current garden. When I planted the garden almost ten years ago, my trees were small and I saw all that room for camellias to come in later. Later came and the room was gone. So I only have a few. Your idea of using containers is one I am going to consider. Of course, then I have to decide where I can find room for the containers.


  6. Cathy says:

    Your iris is wonderful John! And both arrangements are beautiful, complementing each other nicely. I do envy you your Camellia!

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  7. Christina says:

    Two lovely vases John and your arranger of course. They look more like spring than mid-November. You have a far better strain of Immortality than I do, mine only flowered once this year.


  8. Annette says:

    Glad you can enjoy your survivors in the vase, John. They’re beautiful, both of them.


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