Author Archives: johnvic8

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.

Masks on a Garden Wall

During our visit to San Diego in July my daughter, the art teacher personified, devised a summer project to create masks to hang on her garden wall. The idea was to paint a face on discarded ends of palm tree … Continue reading

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Another New Beginning

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Bacon Grease & Baseball. I’ve had a lot of fun writing this piece of fiction. It was 1948 and Charlie Payne didn’t want to go away from home to … Continue reading

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Things I See Around the Beach: Birds

We recently spent a delightful week at Topsail Beach, NC. One thing I particularly enjoy at the beach is bird-watching. Let me share videos of two groups with you. A flight of marine birds: A flight of Marine birds: Which … Continue reading

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Father-daughter Time

I recently returned from a week in San Diego visiting family there. It was a delightful week, especially being able to spend time with my first great-grandchild, John. When I make trips to San Diego, my daughter usually has a … Continue reading

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Things I See Around Town: Mary Grigg’s Garden

Several weeks ago I visited a beautiful garden in Mint Hill, NC. Mary Griggs began developing her two acre garden almost 25 years ago, and what she has created is nothing short of breathtaking. Mary told me was inspired by … Continue reading

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Things I See Around Town: Chaste Tree

One of my favorite plants is the chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus). I happened to spy a group of them in full bloom on my way to tennis . I am happy to share these photos. Chaste tree is a magnet … Continue reading

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Things I See Around Town: Mimosas

As spring moves toward summer, the surrounding colors continue to change. The beautiful but invasive wisteria has faded, and now we see crape myrtles blooming in their many shades, shrub roses have shed their first flowers and are putting out … Continue reading

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