In a Vase on Monday: Slim Pickings…again

For this week’s In a Vase on Monday I had to resort to my reblooming bearded iris ‘Sunny Disposition’ once again, as it is one of the few perennials which has survived our frosty weather. With that being said, I am pleased to present our vase for the week. I apologize to any who may be tired of seeing the “same old iris,” but in truth it is what I have right now.



Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) blossoms

My Arranger suggested the addition of the foliage of the tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans). My two shrubs had been trimmed back several weeks before and, much to our surprise, it is putting out new growth. Its tiny blooms have so far resisted the frost, and, if you get close, you can smell its heavenly fragrance.

Cathy is the host of this meme in which she invites readers to share what is of interest from their gardens in a vase each week. Please visit her at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are offering for our enjoyment 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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23 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Slim Pickings…again

  1. Annette says:

    Beautiful – I love the simplicity!


  2. John I will never tire of seeing irises….the color is wonderful as is the arrangement.


  3. I haven’t seen a German Iris in ages, especially as pretty as that one. Tea Olive made me long for home..til I realized it was winter.


  4. I would never tire of irises – so perfect to have that little white accent beaming out its scent


  5. Cathy says:

    No apology needed – this is a beautiful bloom, beautifully displayed. Thanks to both of you


  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice ikebana, John. I’m envious of your osmanthus – pure heaven!


  7. Noelle says:

    When you have such great blooms…no excuse is needed. Your arrangement is exquisite.


  8. Christina says:

    Who could get bored with that gorgeous Iris? I love it and how you have displayed it, very elegant.


  9. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Christina. It is amazing, indeed, to still have iris around in December. A good hard frost will end them for the year, but I will keep using them while they last.


  10. Cath says:

    What a beautiful Iris, and it’s exciting to see flowers of Osmanthus fragrans. I’ve just planted two and can’t wait for them to flower.


  11. Cathy says:

    So pretty! I could look at irises all year round without getting tired of them. This yellow one is so fresh and cheerful.


  12. Slim, but what a beautiful iris – very elegant.


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