In a Vase on Monday: New Blooms

I am happy to offer some new things blooming in our garden this week. It’s time for In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

Exciting color has exploded here as the chaste trees, and garden phloxes have come to life.


The chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a family heirloom grown from cuttings taken from my aunt’s garden in Chatham, VA. The white phlox is ‘David’. I found the pink one in a garden shop in Falls Church, VA over thirty years ago; it was labeled “Pink Phlox.” Despite its unknown heritage, it has survived at least ten moves and divisions in three gardens. It is a winner. The blue hydrangea is ‘Endliess Summer,’ probably my most reliable hydrangea.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see her beautiful vase this week and that of others who join in sharing the bounty of their gardens.




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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29 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: New Blooms

  1. So glad that you shared these beautiful flowers on a Monday! 🙂


  2. elizz says:

    they are so beautiful… i love flowers. thank you for sharing 🙂


  3. Christina says:

    Lovely, vase John; I am excitedly waiting for my Vitex to bloom after planting it last autumn. Seeing it when I was in N. Carolina and on your blog was what made me buy it, I don’t think I’ll have enough blooms this year to cut any for a vase, perhaps next! Your look wonderful.


  4. dennyho says:

    Love this colorful arrangement! Hydrangeas are one of my favorites.


  5. pbmgarden says:

    Kudos to the gardener and to your wonderful arranger. A wonderful presentation. Endless Summer is so lovely.


  6. Cathy says:

    Very lovely, especially the blue Hydrangea!


  7. dunelight says:

    Beautiful! I love them all but I think if heaven has a smell it is the scent of Tall Phlox.


  8. Cathy says:

    Lovely vase John! I have fond memories of a number of Vitex lining a path in another garden – I think they were grown as standards and seem to remember the autumn colour was lovely too? So lovely, but I doubt they would grow here. And what can one say about your blue hydrangea (perfect with the spires of the Vitex)?


  9. John the flowers are stunning…perfect summer blooms especially phlox. Mine is still a ways off.


  10. bittster says:

    That is a beautiful summer arrangement, practically a fourth of July celebration! Love the phlox, great that it’s so reliable, not all of them are.


  11. Cathy says:

    You must love that phlox to have have taken it with you 10 times when you moved – I suspect you might have had a removal van full of plannts every time you moved… 😉 Too early for phlox in the UK yet so it’s lovely to see yours – thanks for sharing and to The Arranger for arranging.


  12. Nice. I especially like the white phlox with the blue Vitex.

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  13. Marie OH says:

    Omigosh!! Such lovely blossoms in your garden. I’m glad you stopped over my blog. You have allowed me to discover your beautiful post. Now a follower.


  14. Amy says:

    Blew me away… Truly beautiful!

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