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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.

A Photo a Week Challenge: UNEXPECTED

This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is UNEXPECTED. You can imagine that when I was up a ladder trimming the top of a ‘Sky Pencil’ holly, I most certainly did not expect a visitor to come out of … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: MOTHERS

Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is certainly appropriate: MOTHERS. Mothers’ Day is this Sunday and gives us a chance to honor and remember our mothers. I was torn between going back several generations to honor my grandmothers, my own mom, … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Celebration Covid-Style

What a fun challenge this week from Nancy Merrill Photography. We have had the vaccine. We have had dinner with our daughters and some grandsons–at a real restaurant. We’ve been to church. I had a real haircut. Of course, all … Continue reading

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A Photo A Week Challenge: OPEN

This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is OPEN. One could talk about open doors, open minds, open air, Open golf tournaments, or open flowers. I have decided on two options. A wall in the Atlanta Botanic Garden is open … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Backlit

Another challenging photo idea from Nancy Merrill’s weekly meme. This week the subject is “backlit.’ It is an opportunity to share photographs with Old Sol providing the illumination from the rear with interesting results. Muhly grass is native to our … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Assurances

After a long absence I am happy to rejoin the meme In a Vase on Monday, sponsored by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. With no garden on a third-floor screened porch, I am left to enjoy such flowers as … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: That Face!

Nancy Merrill Photography has once again issued a delightful weekly challenge: That Face! Looking back through my archives, I found this shot of my youngest grandson. Adam obviously had his mind momentarily on something else than giant Legos. Visit Nancy … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: The Street Where You Live

Nancy Merrill Photography has issued an interesting challenge for this week: The Street Where You Live. In that I am now living in a retirement community on the third floor, I have elected to share a photograph of a street … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Focus

Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is “Unexpected Focus.” I understand that to mean, “I intended to take a photograph of a hosta, but my focus shifted to the little green tree frog taking a rest on a hosta leaf.” Visit … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: ALL ABOUT THE SCENERY

Nancy’s Merrill’s photo challenge subject for this week is “All About the Scenery.” One of the most beautiful places I have visited was Linda Hostetler’s garden in The Plains, VA. These photos were taken in 2004 during a Garden Club … Continue reading

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