In a Vase on Monday: Mr. Goldstrike

You have seen the ‘Debutante’ camellias several times, the hellebores aren’t quite open yet, and I’m saving the pansies when I might be in exremis on a given Monday. For our vase this week, my Arranger suggested we share this simple arrangement of aucuba foliage.


Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike’

img_2234‘Mr. Goldstrike’ is a favorite aucuba, and its lovely foliage has accompanied many of our vases over the years. It has suffered a bit this winter from the icy weather here but is now showing new growth and plenty of flower buds. The flowers are rather insignificant, but the variegation is remarkable.

Our thanks again to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who is the host for In a Vase on Monday. Please visit her delightful blog 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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8 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Mr. Goldstrike

  1. Cathy says:

    I do like the variegated foliage and bought myself a rather small Aucuba last year. In fact I looked at it today but decided against using it as it is still so small!


  2. Cathy says:

    And most tastefully arranged too, John. It is a plant many of us have mixed feelings about but the attractiveness of its foliage certainly can’t be disputed – well done to the Arranger for suggesting it for a solo appearance


  3. Gracefully Global says:

    A beauty!


  4. Christina says:

    Foliage is often undeservedly relegated to the supporting role, your arranger was very clever to suggest using the Aucuba as the star.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    Sometimes here in winter a good batch of foliage is about all we can muster to bring in. Thanks, Christina.


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