In a Vase on Monday: A Fading Beauty

Our ‘Blushing Bride’ hydrangea has appeared in numerous vases over the year. Its blossoms are now fading into the fall, but they have retained a certain beauty as they age.


img_1809My Arranger thinks they deserve to be seen in these very last days of summer, and I do agree with her as they are taking on a blushingly pink hue.

I have paired it with an antique photo of my great-great grandmother, Rebecca Marie Dawson Duckworth (1824-1893), taken rather late in her life. I am confident that my great-great grandfather was convinced that she was still a beauty, even in her twilight years. She was the seventh generation and last Dawson on my family tree.

img_1803The idea for this weekly sharing of something from our gardens comes from Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Please visit her and see what she and others are sharing 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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14 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: A Fading Beauty

  1. John: You are so fortunate to have a photo of your great-great grandmother Rebecca! She eclipses your vase of hydrangeas, I have to tell you.
    I have no such photos, so I appreciate yours even more. My African ancestors were enslaved at the time (or just being freed) and had no photos, and the European ancestors didn’t leave any photos behind.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Cynthia. I feel fortunate to have a lot of old family photos…all eight of my great grandparents and three of my great-greats. As I get older, they become more precious and I hope those who come after me will appreciate them as well.

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  2. Christina says:

    Your arranger was right the Hydrangeas deserved their place in today’s vase. The photograph is the perfect, eye catching accompaniment.


  3. Lindy Le Coq says:

    It’s wonderful to watch them change color throughout the season!


  4. pbmgarden says:

    The hydrangea is lovely through all its phases. Wonderful photo you shared.


  5. Cathy says:

    Lovely. Your hydrangeas have been wonderful all summer, they deserve a last moment of fame before fading completely!


  6. Cathy says:

    Oh the photograph is such a good accompaniment to the fading beauty of the hydrangea and your comments about your great great grandfather are so touching – such a lovely post, John


  7. I love old photos – and I adore that frame – it’s perfect for your great-great grandmother. I do wonder what our ancestors in the nineteenth century would think of all the grinning selfie 21st century shots.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Sarah. I am probably one of the few smart phone holders who has never done a selfie. Must be a generational thing. By the way, was your father in foreign service in Japan?


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