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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 has been 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 seven of his eight grandchildren.

In a Vase on Monday: Remontant

Remontant: [ri-mon-tuhnt] adjective,  blooming more than once in a season. I have been growing reblooming (i.e., remontant) perennials for over twenty-five years. First were daylilies, and then came roses, hydrangeas, azaleas, viburnum, and bearded iris. This week’s Vase on Monday … Continue reading

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A Friday Walk in the Garden: Dilly, Dilly

I remember a song from years ago that began with the words “Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly.” It made the rounds on the radio, and I never did understand the “dilly dilly” part. As I walked through my garden on this … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SCALE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SCALE. The size of this sculptured hand is certainly out of scale with the people passing by in uptown Charlotte: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/scale-2/

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In a Vase on Monday: A Few of My Favorite Things

There are several passions that drive my everyday life, and I am combining two of them today in this week’s In a Vase on Monday…gardening and tennis. The flowers are lavender asters, red zinnias, pink Encore azaleas, and white annual … Continue reading

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A Saturday Walk in the Garden: End of Month Review

A pleasant Walk in the Garden this day let me see a number of flowering plants to share on this End of Month Review. This is our first fall camellia, ‘Our Linda.’ Clematis ‘Ramona’ is strutting its fall stuff. Many … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: LAYERS

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is LAYERS. It struck me that this Turkey mushroom (Trametes versicolor) is a beautiful example of an object that exhibits layers of growth, size, and color. It was growing on an … Continue reading

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