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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: Just For Fun

This is just for fun. Every garden needs music; this is the Phrog Philharmonia, featuring our singers The Three Kitty Sisters, Lily, Billie, and Millie. Thanks to Nadia Merrill for hosting this meme. Please visit her at https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/a-photo-a-week-challenge-just-for-fun/   and see … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Scavenging

It’s hard to collect flowers for IAVOM when one has no garden. So I’m left to keep a keen eye out for potential items when I am walking the grounds during my daily exercise. Social distancing or no, garden or … Continue reading

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Peaceful Place

I am delighted to join in the weekly photo challenge guided by Nancy Merrill Photography. This week’s theme is Peaceful Place. I always find peace in natural settings that combine water, stone and lots of greenery. During a garden tour … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: ‘Miz America’ Blooms Again

It’s been a long time since I have been able to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to show a Vase on Monday. My “porch garden” has very little to offer these days, and we have not been able … Continue reading

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Warm and Uplifting

Today is lovely. The sun is shining; it’s warm. It’s an SSSS kind of day (SSSS=short sleeve shirt and shorts). I was able to take a nice walk around the grounds of our retirement community, abiding by the current “social … Continue reading

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Its Here Already

Spring! The evidence is everywhere. One of my neighbors has daffodils in bloom. Dogwoods are about to burst into their whiteness. I saw a crocus. Dandelions have already gone to seed. Another neighbor has azaleas blooming by her patio. Wow! … Continue reading

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Things I See Around Town: Criminal Activity?

Yesterday I came upon stark evidence that a heinous crime had been committed. This is unquestionably a case of first degree Crape Murder. A dastardly deed. In plain view 0f the public. Brazen. Condoned by the “Landscape Committee.” Why they … Continue reading

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Things I See Around Town: Is Spring Coming?

Here we are approaching mid-February, and I spied a bit of color on cherry (?) trees in our neighborhood. It’s not much, but a bit of pink on a drab, cloudy day is a real promise of what’s to come. … Continue reading

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Turning dirt into soil.

Looking back over 25 plus years of down-in-the-dirt gardening, there are a number of important lessons that have etched a place in my mind.  I hope you will find them worth sharing. I learned that I could do everything right … Continue reading

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Sixth Blogging Anniversary

I was pleased to receive a note from WordPress today marking the sixth anniversary of A Walk in the Garden. It’s hard to realize that 602 posts have made it out of my word processor, but here I am looking forward … Continue reading

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