In A Vase on Monday – The K.I.S.S. Concept


The Monday Vase

This crystal vase was given to me by my late brother many years ago for Christmas. I know he would like it that I am using it for arranging flowers, especially during the holidays.

This is simply an arrangement of Heliconia psitticorum with its foliage and a couple of Boston Fern fronds for texture. Parrot Flowers they are called in many places. They actually do remind me of Parrots, kind of.

I attended design school about thirty years ago, Ouch! And one of my teachers favorite saying was “use the KISS concept”. This did not involve the Rock n Roll band or any crazy makeup.

It was Keep It Simple Stupid. I can relate on some levels but simple has limitations in gardening. Deep thoughts, I need to work on my Christmas tree:



Here is my retired racing Greyhound Alan helping and wishing everyone Happy Holidays!





13 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – The K.I.S.S. Concept

  1. A fabulous and special vase in container and plant material….simple and elegant!


  2. Noelle says:

    First a proper kiss for your greyhound! I am sure you will all enjoy yourselves. Your vase is very elegant, such lovely flowers.


  3. Kris P says:

    Alan’s got the right outlook on holiday decorating – chill out and enjoy it! I love your vase this week and you’re right – I know my own vases usually look best when I don’t overdo (not that I always adhere to that admonition). It makes me think of the guidance I’ve heard about dressing for a party – get gussied up but, before you leave, remove at least one item.

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    • As chilled as Alan looks, his favorite thing to do is dig a giant hole in the back yard while running around in circles and jumping in the hole. Big dog fun.
      While I love simplicity – I also love exuberant over the top arrangements. I also like the remove one item concept, that is a new one to me.


  4. pbmgarden says:

    The special vase you used today is lovely. The Heliconia psittacorum is so interesting it can really stand on its own.


  5. Cathy says:

    My mind was boggling when I read your title – doh! KISS, of course! Simple and effective – and a gentle reminder to us of how effective simplicity often is. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Love those tropicals! Great photo of your dog. I guess he leaves the tree alone.


  7. Cathy says:

    You are right. Sometimes simplicity is the best way and those parrot flowers look great in your vase. Nice to meet Alan – enjoying his retirement by the looks of things! 😉

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