In a Vase on Monday: The Governor

We have a gray day this morning, but still there is an opportunity to share something growing in our garden In a Vase on Monday.


Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton’ is overflowing with blossoms in the garden now, but most of them were damaged by frost. A few, seemingly protected in the interior of the plant, have made their way into our vase, accented with the indestructible candy tuft. My Arranger added some greenery from Berckmann’s arborvitae.

Pop over to 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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27 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: The Governor

  1. Christina says:

    Camellia japonica ‘Governor Mouton’ is a real gem, such gorgeously delicate pale pink petals and beautifully put together with the other material. Compliments to your arranger.


  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Christina. My Arranger appreciates your encouragement.


  3. pbmgarden says:

    Sorry the frost damaged the camellias but glad you were able to salvage some. A really lovely arrangement. I like the use of the arborvitae’s almost lace-like foliage.


  4. Cathy says:

    Are they white, are they pink? They look like a gentle sunrise where the sky is diffused soft pink. So pretty, thanks for sharing them and to the Arranger for arranging them. I thought you had promoted her when I first saw your title… 😉


  5. Love the Arborvitae!

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  6. It’s such a pretty little camellia, seems strange it is named for a man! Do you think it could have been mislabeled? The one I know by that name is red and white.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Marian, you are correct. I found the label that came with the plant and it reads a “red Japonica Camellia” Obviously, the plant was mislabeled, and I didn’t read it carefully enough nine years ago when I planted it. All these years I’ve been touting “The Governor,” and it was misleading. Whatever the name, it is indeed a lovely one.


  7. Cathy says:

    That is really pretty – those delicate blossoms must be tougher than they look to survive frosty weather.


  8. Kris P says:

    The addition of the arborvitae foliage was inspired! Your Arranger has terrific talent.


  9. Perfect as ever John – I wish I could grow such lovely camellias!


  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Such a soft pink camellia – truly lovely!


  11. DailyMusings says:

    so very pretty!!


  12. anne leueen says:

    Lovely and a delight to look at.


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