In a Vase on Monday: Cleyera

Once again it’s Monday, the first Monday in autumn, and time for In a Vase on Monday, hosted by Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden,  I have been growing Cleyera japonica for over ten years and found it to be a reliable, vigorous (always be careful of a plant described as “vigorous”), and evergreen. I have seen almost invisible flowers on them, but this is the first year I’ve seen these lovely, red seed pods. Perhaps they were there and I just didn’t notice. Whatever. This week’s vase consists entirely of the seed pods.

Let me invite you to visit our host Cathy at  Rambling in the Garden, to see what she and others who participate in this meme are displaying in their vases 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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25 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Cleyera

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice, waxy green foliage, the fruit are a bonus. Sounds like a solid landscape plant!


  2. It’s always lovely to have something that captures the essence of the season. Beautiful!


  3. Cathy says:

    Seeing invisible flowers? you must have extra sensory perception, John! The seedpods are certainly not invisible and make for a very pretty vase – thanks for sharing


  4. Cathy says:

    Those glossy leaves are lovely even without the berries/seeds. I wonder if the birds have got there before you in previous years! 😉


  5. I am unfamiliar with this plant but I love the leaves and those seedpods are divine….makes a dramatic statement in a vase.


  6. I love Cleyera, wonderful display.


  7. pbmgarden says:

    Very lovely John.


  8. Christina says:

    They look like little apples.


  9. The red seed pods are indeed lovely. They look like little apples.


  10. bittster says:

    Very nice choice for a vase. I wonder if it will still be in good shape for the winter holidays. With the perfect evergreen leaves and a little more red to the fruits it might be ideal for the season!


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