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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.

Spring Signs

Here it is Valentines’ Day in mid-February and we continue to see these wonderful signs that spring is indeed coming to North Carolina. Are these not cherry trees that have been in bloom for several weeks? Happy Valentine’s Day to all. … Continue reading

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Pass the Mustard

Popular winter annuals in our area over recent years include leafy veggies, especially colorful ornamental cabbages and kales. Last fall I “discovered” a new winter veggie that caught my eye for its fabulous deep purple foliage. I had to try … Continue reading

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A Mark in Time

In our culture we revere as special a day that marks an anniversary–a birth, a marriage, a graduation, a start-up–whatever is a new beginning. Today is one of those special days for me…the FIFTH anniversary of A Walk in the Garden. I … Continue reading

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Things I See around Town: The Aftermath

A few weeks ago we had a serious storm: ice and wind. This is one of several trees damaged in our area. I have noticed this tree countless times over the last dozen years on my way to our favorite barbeque … Continue reading

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Things I See around Town: Happiness

Happiness is a daffodil in January Happiness is the first sighting of forsythia in bloom Happiness is recognizing the cycle of bloom starting for yet another year. Happy 2019

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A Step or Two in another Direction

It is a challenge to write a garden blog when you don’t have a garden anymore. I lost mine when we sold our home and moved to a nearby retirement community. The wonderful friends who bought our home have already … Continue reading

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This Special Day

A Christmas wish to all for a time of peace throughout our world. May 2019 be a year of generosity–given and received.

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