In a Vase on Monday: Heirlooms, old and new

We are just back from seeing my first granddaughter get married. It was special being with family and seeing the absolutely most beautiful bride of all (at least since my Arranger walked down the aisle). I returned to find my chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) starting to bloom for the second time this season. That it is an heirloom vitex from my Aunt Martha’s, and it is responding wonderfully to deadheading (just a few weeks ago). Heirloom plants and family weddings seem to go together to put something special in our lives.

I added a few blossoms of our annual mandevilla for color contrast.


They were placed in a Mason jar, pure and simple.

I am happy on this Labor Day holiday to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her weekly meme.

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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26 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Heirlooms, old and new

  1. colonialist says:

    The blooms are simple, but most attractive. Do they always give the impression of revolving anti-clockwise, or is that optical illusion from the photo?


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Congratulations to your family. I like that the vitex rebloomed just at the right time to tie in with the wedding.


  3. Kris P says:

    I wish my own Vitex trifolia produced blooms that pretty!


  4. How wonderfully exciting to see your granddaughter married. I love the vase of flowers, the simple jar is perfect.


  5. Sorry, I meant to add, it is so dry here in SW France that we are struggling to find anything to pick in the garden at all.

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  6. johnvic8 says:

    We understand dry quite well.


  7. Congratulations! It must have given you great pleasure. I’m still waiting for my two boys to make the leap.


  8. Cathy says:

    I don’t know vitex and must look it up – it pairs very well with the mandevilla. Glad you enjoyed your special family occasion


  9. Congratulations to your grand-daughter. This is a beautiful, colourful, simple jar of flowers.


  10. Saw your visit to KITAP DÜNYASI. Father and I left Miami and now in Greensboro, NC since Jan 2014. What a delightful change and decent friendly people. My son is here. He graduated from Guilford College 2004.


  11. Christina says:

    How exciting to see your grand-daughter married. I always love seeing your Vitex, mine, as I mentioned before is a dirty white rather than the gorgeous blue of yours.


  12. dunelight says:

    Heirloom plants, family weddings and snippets from the bouquets planted in the is all good!


  13. fluffysteps says:

    Congratulations on your granddaughter’s marriage! 😉 And I really love the color of those flowers! 💐


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