In a Vase on Monday: A Puzzle

For this week’s In a Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden, I am  highlighting a most puzzling azalea (at least in my experience). The light and dark azalea blossoms in this arrangement are from the same plant, Encore azalea ‘Autumn Twist.’

This is a phenomenon that occurs in my garden annually in this cultivar.

I am also pleased to include the first rebloom on my heirloom Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus). The tree bloomed profusely in June/July, and I deadheaded it in August. It is now burgeoning with new growth and a host of flower buds to brighten the fall.

Filling out the vase are blossoms of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (I know it has a new name, but I’m just to old and cranky to look it up) and variegated liriope.

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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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21 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: A Puzzle

  1. Wow, looks great and the Vitex, who knew?


  2. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Totally get the old and cranky bit! Lovely Azalea blossoms.


  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely! The Vitex must look gorgeous with autumn colours. I love sedums and I prefer the old names anyway – they are usually easier to spell and pronounce and everyone knows what you are talking about!


  4. arlene says:

    Beautiful, beautiful blooms 🙂


  5. Klausbernd says:

    Absolutely beautiful arrangements, John!


  6. The flowers look so beautiful.


  7. pbmgarden says:

    B.D. (before deer) I grew Formosa azaleas inherited from a previous homeowner. There was one of each of the colors you’re displaying. Can’t solve your mystery but I think it’s wonderful to have both varieties of blooms on one plant. The vitex is gorgeous.


  8. Cathy says:

    There you go, you said it yourself – old and cranky!! That is indeed a puzzle with the azalea, although it seems to be the norm for your plant, with a very pretty result


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