A Friday Walk in the Garden

Today was a lovely day in the garden. I completed some trimming and deadheading chores and then strolled around the garden. New colors are making their presence felt. Let me share just a few of them.

These are all members of the ‘Endless Summer’ family of hydrangeas. Although all of them were rather severely damaged with a late frost, they are able to flower on new wood and are loaded with blooms.

Vitex agnus-castus Chaste Tree

I am very excited to see the first lavender blooms on my vitex. I expect to see armies of bees in the near future. I cut back my three vitex trees rather severely over the winter, and they are bounding over with new growth. It’s going to be a good season.






More color is coming now from Society garlic, an annual Mandevilla vine, and the first coneflower this year.

And finally the first daylily, aptly named ‘Early Red.’


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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20 Responses to A Friday Walk in the Garden

  1. Crosslife Spaces says:

    Very lovely. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your garden.


  2. Great flowers Jonh!!!


  3. Roda says:

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous!!


  4. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t figure out if my hydrangeas bloom on old wood or new. They simply don’t. Yours are lovely!


  5. When we had the drought and heat, my hydrangeas kind of gave up, so I had no choice by replaced it with something else. I have daylily also, same color.

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  6. Pauline says:

    Beautiful hydrangeas, love the blue ones.


  7. Society garlic – sounds interesting! I need to look that up.


  8. Somnath says:

    Flowers are lovely.I have’nt seen some in my life!!


  9. Christina says:

    I just love seeing your hydrangeas John, they are so healthy and obviously very happy in your garden


  10. Cathy says:

    Your Hydrangeas are always so lovely, John. Thanks for sharing!


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