Things I See Around Town: You’ve Changed

It’s early June. As I move about town here in the Charlotte area, I am excited to see the colorful changes that are taking place in the gardening world. Plants that have been sleeping through spring are now shouting their presence.

Crape Myrtles are starting to open:

Daylilies are starting to show in people’s gardens (mine are still in bud stage) and along our highways:

Our good old Southern magnolias are blooming, and my gardenia bush is leaning with the weight of the fragrant flowers.

Hydrangeas are awake. This is ‘Endless Summer.’

Most of my spring flowers are fading, so it is encouraging to see that the summer beauties have arrived.


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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12 Responses to Things I See Around Town: You’ve Changed

  1. colonialist says:

    Looking lovely.
    Have you ever tried the trick of varying the colour of some beds of hydrangeas by making them a different pH?


  2. March Picker says:

    Charlotte looks like a great place to garden, that’s for sure! Thanks for sharing its beauty. Our many years in SE Virginia (Norfolk) gave me a lasting appreciation of crape myrtles and other humidity loving flora. I also miss the gardenias! We had a decades-old bush that delighted us each June. Herein the PNW I’m still awaiting the peonies’ opening!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks. Charlotte is a great place to garden, but we are seeing changes when things bloom (and when the frost comes). My Arranger is from Norfolk so we are quite familiar with the plants there.


  3. calmkate says:

    I love flowers all year round .. can’t imagine being deprived by snow fall 😦 Great shots John


  4. Beautiful flowers, can’t have enough of them. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. johnvic8 says:

    I agree. The more the merrier.


  6. There are those who disdain yellow daylilies as too common but I find a big mass of them to be an irresistable sight!


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