A Step or Two in another Direction

It is a challenge to write a garden blog when you don’t have a garden anymore. I lost mine when we sold our home and moved to a nearby retirement community. The wonderful friends who bought our home have already had us over to see. The garden is not mine anymore, but I am assured that it is in excellent hands. What I didn’t lose was my love of gardening. So I will use my memories and things I see around town to continue these posts.

One of my favorite vistas in my Charlotte garden featuring Weigela florida

I have tended three gardens in my life, two of which I designed and started from bare ground. Wouldn’t it have been nice if I had known then what I know now? That, of course, is not possible; many of my favorite plants hadn’t even been created when I started. And that’s not just about gardening. There is much I wish I had known about getting the most out of school, of raising my children, my work life in the Navy and industry, and my marriage to my Arranger. It’s too late for me to go back and take piano lessons. But, alas, we’re talking hindsight now.

I have learned some lessons and discovered new methods, new ideas, new plants, things that turned out marvelously well (I believe in serendipity) and, alas again, some that were disasters. I will share those in time. I also keep my eyes open when I am out and about so I may report from time to time. I might even share a thought or two of what I could do in my next garden…the one in my dreams.

I hope you will join me on my next journey.

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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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8 Responses to A Step or Two in another Direction

  1. I hear you, John. We put so much of ourselves in our gardens. I loved our previous home, but strangely enough, it’s the gardens I miss. We created it from scratch.


  2. Pauline says:

    I’m glad to hear that you are still out and about looking at plants, once the gardening bug gets you, it never leaves you! I know I should really downsize but my late husband and I created this garden from scratch and I’m not ready to leave it yet, it holds too many memories for me.


  3. AtticSister says:

    Appreciating and sharing the work of other gardeners is just as important as building the garden yourself, I think. You have first hand knowledge of how and why to impart. I look forward to your posts of others’ efforts.
    Could you possibly do some container gardening at your retirement home? I’ve been doing that for years now and really enjoy having more and more containers near the house, on the porch, around the back door, etc. Any ideas?


  4. Christina says:

    Lovely to hear from you John


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