In a Vase on Monday: “Rubra”

My hellebores are still in a colorful but as yet unopened state, and the pansies and violas have not recovered from the shearing I had to do to prepare them for another round of blooms. And I have already shown the early blooming candytuft. Consequently, my selection of last resort for this week’s vase is Loropetalum chinense ‘Rubra.’


Even the loropetalum has suffered damage to its blossoms from the frost, but the area inside the plant next to the house has enough color to include In a Vase on Monday. Now that’s what I would call a tightly defined microclimate.


Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others participating in this meme are showing us 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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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12 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: “Rubra”

  1. Such an interesting flower … reminds me of witch hazel.

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  2. John these are lovely….all of my blooms are now under 2 ft of snow.


  3. I was thinking Witch Hazel too – the red looks good with the blue vase.


  4. coffee meringue says:

    What a lovely idea – a vase of flowers each Monday : ) Have a great day!


  5. Cathy says:

    And it is also known as the ‘Chinese witch hazel’ – for obvious reasons! I have had 2 very small lorepetalum for about a year and one of them has had at least one flower on it for virtually all that time – although the plant is so small you would hardly have noticed and it will be a long time before I have something worth picking for a Monday vase! Lovely to see yours in the meantime, John, so thank you for sharing


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Cathy. I have to trim mine back several times a year. If I didn’t, it would get eight feet plus. It really does grow fast here. It most certainly is not a dwarf.


  6. I have that same blue vase. Looks good dressed in red.

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