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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: Memorial

For this week’s vase I decided to share one that my Arranger put together as a memorial to celebrate the life of a dear friend at her funeral. Karen loved flowers, and this arrangement comes from our garden and our hearts…with … Continue reading

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A Friday Walk in the Garden

I took a walk in my garden today; it was a gorgeous, hot, sunny day. I would like to share with you three photographs of special spots that captured my eye…and my heart. The first is Itoh peony ‘Bartzella.’ Itoh … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Iris

I missed In a Vase on Monday last week (I do hope that Cathy at Rambling in the Garden will forgive me); busyness gets the best of me sometime. However, I will try to make up this week by sharing two … Continue reading

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A Milestone Walk in the Garden

Today was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. As I took my usual morning walk through the garden, it occurred to me that I might share what I am seeing. The crape myrtles have leafed out, the dogwoods are in bloom, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SURPRISE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is  SURPRISE. I had just completed fifteen minutes of pruning a tall Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’ holly that was about nine feet tall. As I climbed down the ladder, I came … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SECURITY

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SECURITY. Trusty and alert, Dottie maintains perfect security for her family’s gifts: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/security/

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In a Vase on Monday: Recent Arrivals

I am happy to share some of the first spring blossoms from our Encore azaleas and the sweet bluebells, both of which have opened in the past week. My Arranger selected the silver cup given to her at her baptism to … Continue reading

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