In a Vase on Monday: Triple Play

After a long siege of minimal moisture in the garden, we had an inch and a half of rain last night. The ground is delightfully soggy now…at least for a few days. With the wind and rain denuding the trees of the last vestiges of leaves, I was pleased to find a few undoubtedly familiar lovelies still about to share in a vase this early December Monday.


In the Kenzan flower arranger are ‘Clarence’ bearded iris and a single ‘Our Linda’ Camellia sasanqua. The second vase contains camellias ‘Our Linda’ and ‘Debutante’ Camellia japonica. The miniature third vase is just large enough to hold a few of our winter purple pansies.

The wonderful idea of sharing flowers from our garden each Monday comes from Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Please visit her to 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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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31 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Triple Play

  1. karen says:

    How lovely to have such flowers in December. I’m going to buy more camellias as I do love flowers in winter. Thanks for sharing. Karen


  2. Kris P says:

    I took that beautiful ruffled Camellia for a carnation at first – it’s wonderful, as are the Iris blooms.


  3. Beautiful and an unexpected array of flowers for December!


  4. Cathy says:

    Those foreshortened irises look really attractive and are such a delicate colour – it’s hard to believe it’s winter seeing your trio of vases today John! Thanks for sharing

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  5. Lindy Le Coq says:

    So pretty and light! I must look into adding more winter blooming varieties to my gardens.


    • johnvic8 says:

      It’s hard to get winter blooms here from perennials/shrubs other than camellias. Mahonias bloom early in Jan/Feb and can be quite pretty (see the photo at the top of the blog)


  6. Cathy says:

    That’s a lovely way to arrange the irises. Beautiful pastels in December!


  7. arlene says:

    I love those flower arrangement. They are so pretty to look at.


  8. curryNcode says:

    beautiful arrangement

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  9. Christina says:

    You have displayed the Iris beautifully; I should look for more repeat flowering Irises; even just a few blooms at this time of year bring such pleasure. The whole arrangement is very welcoming.


  10. Annette says:

    such a beautiful and ordered display, well done


  11. pbmgarden says:

    Perfectly presented, fresh blooms, rich colors. Just lovely. A freeze caught my irises 2 or 3 weeks ago. It’s wonderful yours are still going strong.


  12. travellinghomes says:

    What beautiful flowers and I love the way you have displayed them.


  13. dunelight says:

    I need to live somewhere where I can grow such lovely things in December. Very nice!

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  14. dawnkinster says:

    Iris in December? Here in Michigan they bloom in the spring? Do they bloom there in the spring and then again in December?? My mom loved camellias too…we have some out at the lake in AL, they were beginning to bloom when we were there at Thanksgiving. Love them too.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Dawn. These are reblooming iris which are available now. They bloom in spring like all bearded iris and then put out new growth and bloom again, sometimes in summer or fall and into winter, depending on when freezing temps are about.


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