In a Vase on Monday: Back Again

After an absence of several weeks I am glad to be back to In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Recently we have had harsh hot weather and now a lot of rain; I love the rain, but I do wish it were spaced out a bit more evenly.

Nonetheless, there is still a lot of color in my garden, rather surprising for August. The crape myrtles have stayed in bloom much longer than in previous years, the phlox is coming back from recent pruning, and ‘Little Lime’ hydrangea is blooming its heads off and is featured in this week’s vase.


The players in this light drama are ‘Purple Magic’ dwarf crape myrtle, ‘Little Lime’ hydrangea, and seed heads from vitex in the background. The vitex blooms are done, but I have deadheaded as much as I can reach, and new growth is already sprouting. With good weather, I should have another show of blooms before frost.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have taken from their gardens this week to share with us.

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: Back Again

  1. Prior-2001 says:

    Welcome back – u did a great post – love all and I never thought of Bringing in crepe myrtle – 😉


  2. Elizabeth Olney says:

    Beautiful Dad!


  3. cwaugh212 says:

    Beautiful arrangement. Our Crape Myrtle is on the down swing now. Nice to see your colorful specimen.


  4. eta712whiteoakcottage says:

    Nice arrangement, I love the vibrant Crape Myrtle with the Little Lime. 🙂
    Would you mind answering a garden question?
    My husband and I moved from CT to SC and I’m still learning how to garden in zone 8. I planted a Lime Light in the beginning of summer. The leaves are now browning and most of the flowers are turning brown. Should I be deadheading it as they brown? Or is it setting bloom for next year? It has been getting water all season. In CT I had one and I never had to deadhead. I left the spent blooms on it for winter texture.


    • johnvic8 says:

      This is my first year with ‘Little Lime’ and I presume it does the same as Lime Light, so I can’t give you the advantage of experience. As a rule, deadheading hydrangeas now will not damage buds for next year, but if you cut them way back you run the risk of losing next year’s flowers.


  5. Nice Crape Myrtle and a new variety to me, do they last when cut?


  6. Nice arrangement. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. bittster says:

    Nice! I should try a few of the Limelights in a vase as well, but I want them to last in the garden as well 🙂

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful arrangement. We’ve noticed here too the crape myrtles are blooming much longer, especially compared to last year.


  9. Amy says:

    Beautiful! Always enjoy “In a vase on Monday”! 🙂


  10. Cathy says:

    I missed this last week John as I usually follow up from comments on my own post and I think you must have missed commenting last week. Your blooms have created a lot of interest – always so interesting to read what other people have to say. Thanks for sharing


  11. dunelight says:

    I have never grown crepe myrtle. It is quite lovely in your floral arrangement.


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