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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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.

Weekly Photo Challenge: ASCEND

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ASCEND. I planted this Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) next to a pine tree in my previous garden in Chapel Hill. I watched it grow rapidly in just a few … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Frost Evasion

In anticipation of the first real frost in my garden over the weekend, I clipped a few bearded iris scapes that were up and had buds on them. I left a few shorter ones in the ground, but true to … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CHEEKY

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is CHEEKY. Find a little irreverence in your life. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/cheeky/

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In a Vase on Monday: Cheer

We are getting into the Christmas spirit around our house. The wreaths are hung, the candles are in the windows, the tree is trimmed, and a glass or two of Christmas cheer has been tasted. My Arranger surprised me by … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SERENE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SERENE. Serene (adj): unruffled, tranquil, dignified (American Heritage Dictionary). I think this guy qualifies. https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/serene/

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In a Vase on Monday: Debutante

We’ve had several mornings of light frost that have damaged most of the blooms in the garden beyond their use in a Vase on Monday. The stalwart camellias, however, have made it beautifully. The first Camellia japonica ‘Debutante’ flower appeared … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2017

Today is Thanksgiving in the U. S., a time to celebrate the blessings of this life and express our gratitude. I am so grateful for family, for friendships, for health, for a bright future, and for the flowers in my … Continue reading

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