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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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: TEXTURES

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is TEXTURES. I saw this old fence up in the mountains of North Carolina. I think it does a good job of demonstrating the different textures of three varieties of lichens … Continue reading

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An End of Month Walk in the Garden

This seems to be crape myrtle time in my garden. I have ten of them in this small space, and they are providing wonderful color just now. Most of the crape myrtles are shedding their bark at this time of … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SATISFACTION

The theme of this week's WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is SATISFACTION. At the beach my son-in-law fixed a grand old Southern Coastal Shrimp Boil. Now that is pure satisfaction: shrimp, corn, sausage, potatoes. Let's eat!!! http://wp.me/p23sd-1479

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Weekly Photo Challenge: UNUSUAL

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is UNUSUAL. This is ‘Gwenda,’ one of my favorite azaleas. It has the unusual characteristic of producing flowers of a different color on the same plant. It is a sporadic event … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: COLLAGE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is COLLAGE. From my local supermarket here is a colorful collage of peppers: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/collage/

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Weekly Photo Challenge: BRIDGE

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is BRIDGE. This huge stone makes a perfect rustic bridge over a flowing stream in a Charlotte garden: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/bridge/

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In a Vase on Monday: Spikeys

A heavy rain over the weekend resulted in one of my glads being broken at mid stem. I am taking advantage of that “tragedy” to start a vase for this Monday. Another gladiola is nearing its natural end but still … Continue reading

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