In a Vase on Monday: Frost Free

The frost over the past few days has turned most of our flowers to a nice shade of brown. The winter pansies and violas are hanging on as expected, but I shall wait to use them in a Monday vase at some future time when my options are reduced.

With the holiday upon us, I thought it might be nice to share some seasonal color for In a Vase on Monday.


img_2152The stars of the show are frost free nandina berries from plants I had banished several years ago to the “plant hospital” in the woods to recover. The supporting characters are foliage from Foster holly, aucuba ‘Mr Goldstrike,’ and Cryptomeria japonica. A few mature cryptomeria cones add to the festivities.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing from their gardens 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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22 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Frost Free

  1. Elizabeth Olney says:

    Love your/your arranger’s creativity!


  2. Cathy says:

    Oh, that IS lovely John! Very cheery and festive!


  3. dunelight says:

    I LOVE red berries. I used to collect them while foraging (taking only a few from each patch). I had to wait for a couple of freezing days so I wouldn’t sink in the swampy grass and then I would cut a small handful to enjoy and after the holidays the berries went out on the bird feeders where they quickly disappeared.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Glad you like them. I had to get rid of a lot of nandina because of the berries. They germinate like crazy. A few I moved into the woods and they were the source of my berries. I don’t care a lot if they germinate in the woods.


  4. Cathy says:

    I had to Google Cryptomeria japonica – Japanese cedar it says. Your sleigh with its greenery and those gorgeous nandina berries is a real seasonal success. Thanks to you and The Arranger for sharing it


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    This is an utterly delightful holiday display!


  6. Dawn in MI says:

    Red berries, perfect!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Love it! Next week I’ll get into the berries!!


  8. Linda says:

    This is one of the most beautiful holiday arrangements I’ve seen. Some look haphazard but yours follows the shape of the sleigh and the foliage works well together. Thanks for sharing this!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. a lovely seasonal arrangement. The red berries are striking.


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