In a Vase on Monday: Late Winter Abundance

We have just returned from a grand weekend with my daughter and her family in South Carolina. What could beat a weekend with jazz, great food, a trip to the mountains (more about that later), and a visit to a world class brewery? I must say that it is fun to double date with your daughter.

We returned home to find a good deal of color in the garden, much of which has made itself into this week’s Monday vase…actually there is enough for three.


The color in the large cobalt blue vase is from Loropetalum rubra, hellebores, and ‘Debutante’ Camellia japonica. Added to the arrangement is greenery from ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood and Berckmann’s arborvitae. A closer look at the arborvitae (below) will show its tiny creamy flowers that will become lovely seed capsules in late summer.

Other colorful plants are opening now, and my Arranger couldn’t resist putting them into two small vases to add to the party…one with the first blossoms of Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton,’ and another with Muscari armeniacum.

The small prop is an incense container from a Japanese Tea Ceremony set.

This grand idea of sharing what’s showing in our gardens each Monday is the creation of Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. Please visit her site and see what she and others are sharing from their gardens this day.

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: Late Winter Abundance

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh John, what a sumptuous vase for a February Monday. The loropetalum is the star in such a beautiful shade of pink but it has a strong supporting cast too – and we have too bonus vases too! Thank you to both of you, for sharing these delights today

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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Cathy. It is a blessing to have enough to make a decent vase this early, but this is a crazy year…in so many ways. I hope we can keep the vases coming until “real” spring arrives..

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  2. anne leueen says:

    Beautiful! I love these colors. Thank you!

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Your arranger outdid herself this week with that lovely collection inside the blue vase. Wonderful to enjoy such blooms this time of year.


  4. Christina says:

    I agree with Cathy your vase is so abundant for a February Monday. I think thus might be my favourite vase of yours. Congratulations and compliments to your arranger.


  5. Cathy says:

    That first vase is really quite something! Your arranger has done an excellent job again, choosing the blue vase too. Must be a delight to have some of the spring garden indoors. 🙂 Lovely to see Muscari. I am still looking forward to seeing some spring bulbs flower here, but there are little green shoots everywhere!


  6. Your main vase is stunning! Bravo!!!

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  7. Which is the flower with the strappy petals? For a second I thought it was Monarda.


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