In a Vase on Monday: It’s a Dandy

It’s time for the first Vase on the first Monday of 2016. I don’t have a lot of choices in this week’s version of my garden, but one thing that is blooming freely throughout and in my neighborhood is the dreaded or beloved (depends on your point of view) dandelion.

Actually I think they make a rather presentable arrangement…easy enough for even me to make in a miniature cobalt blue vase.


Let me recommend you get the new year started right by visiting Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing 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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25 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: It’s a Dandy

  1. That looks great, I thought it was Mums and warm winter!


  2. Christina says:

    All beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to me (from your garden) they are very beautiful.


  3. The bees love them, so of course (real) gardeners do too! Only a lawn nazi would object.


  4. FlowerAlley says:

    Now, that, is funny.

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  5. I adore your vase. If it hadn’t snowed I was thinking of using some myself. But now they are buried for a little while. Seems it may warm up yet again.


  6. Noelle says:

    How clever of you to pick dandelion flowers and enjoy their colour and form…no seeds to get blown away in the wind. The early flying insects are usually attracted by them, have you seen any around?


  7. If Dandelions were not a weed they would be prized for their vibrant colour and their magical seedheads – I love’m. Perfect against the blue.


  8. Elizabeth says:

    This arrangement made me smile! Old man winter has finally arrived, so I won’t be seeing any dandelions around here for a few months.


  9. Cathy says:

    A wonderful bit of spring sunshine! Have to admit I used to really love them until they started taking over my lawn in dry weather. Now I look down from above and almost start shaking if I see any yellow heads reared on the two lawns below. All I will have if I don’t water in the summer will be a dandelion meadow! But lovely little treat for a Monday John!


  10. Julie says:

    I am so happy to see the humble dandelion in a starring role for a change John – great idea! You may be jealous of my news – I have camellias in flower this week (not enough to cut then yet) – this is the earliest I have ever had them, partly due to warm temperatures here but al so I think as a result of my rigorous feeding regime in the early summer – I have never managed to feed them regularly before but I think it has paid dividends.


    • johnvic8 says:

      I am indeed jealous. Mine have been knocked down by heavy rains, and now freezing weather has taken all the sasanquas. The Japonica buds are holding up, so I am optimistic about them. I have never been rigorous in feeding mine; perhaps I should try this year.


  11. Cathy says:

    Oh and why not, John – if you hadn’t told us they were dandelions there are various blooms we might have guessed that they were. It’s in the eye – or the mind really – of the beholder, and they look most pretty in that lovely blue vase


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I really hadn’t thought of an “identify this blossom” contest, but I can see how the dandelion blooms could be confused with others…particularly if you aren’t thinking outside the veritable box.


  12. bittster says:

    A cheerful way to start the new year, and even here in the north I’ve been seeing dandelions open.


  13. cynthiamvoss says:

    Poor dandelions, they are so disliked. I don’t mind them, but then again, I live in an apartment. If I had a yard I might feel differently. They were so much fun to play with as a kid though.


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