This vase was inspired by Cathy’s Advent Wreath (from Words and Herbs in Bavaria). I started working on it thinking I could use Podocarpus (Japanese Yew) as a base for a wreath. Unfortunately, most of my Podocarpus was weed whacked. Accidently and by my husband. I decided it would be best for the plant if I left it to grow. Oh, well. Plan B.
I determined that the wreath wasn’t possible without the Podocarpus and decided to use some other plants in the holiday concept and ended up with this bowl, which looks more Hawaiian than Advent to me. Hence the Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas in Hawaiian and difficult to spell.
The base is Sea Grape leaves (Coccoloba uvaria). The green berries are Sea Grape as well, red berries are, I am afraid, the scourge of South Florida, Brazilian Pepper, and invasive plant that has well, nice berries. People are allergic to these plants, so be careful. The other plants in the composition are White Frangipani (Plumeria) and Boston Fern.