In A Vase on Monday- Less Tropical


This week I decided to try a less tropical approach to my vase, using our Native Beach Sunflowers (Helianthus debilis) as the basis for a non tropical look. I thought Blue Willow china would be a not so tropical container for my vase. I have a collection of Blue Willow started by my grandmother a hundred years ago I have been adding to for years. So, I started with the Blue Willow bowl my father referred to as the ‘Creamed Onion Bowl’ a low covered casserole. That didn’t really work out the flowers were too tall or maybe the scale of flowers to bowl was just off. Then, everything got moved into this well used English teapot I bought years ago, one of my favorite pieces. I have never made tea in it, but somebody else did, many times, the interior is stained dark from use. I like antiques with a little patina.

To the Sunflowers I added Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria) flowers in orange, Red Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana), and some Parrot Flower  (Heliconia psittacorum) buds for height, Asparagus Ferns and Asian Sword Ferns for green texture.


After all of this it occurred to me none of these plants would even grow at Disney World in Orlando, Florida! However, it can be proposed they could be grown as annuals. In containers.

Mission completed.

I renovated my big Frangipani vase from last week and the Bromeliads from two weeks ago are still looking good. I think the buds on the Frangipani will open. Here they are again:


Unabashedly tropical.


26 comments on “In A Vase on Monday- Less Tropical

  1. Well, it all looks hugely exotic and tropical as far as I’m concerned! Most of your wonderful looking flowers are completely new to me. Beautiful arrangements.


  2. How many Bromeliads do you have? Are they repeat bloomers and do they bloom every year?


  3. pbmgarden says:

    Your flowers fit the little teapot just right.

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  4. Noelle says:

    Terrifically tropical but with such lovely material I too would go down that way. They look lovely in the teapot.


  5. Cathy says:

    The colours work really well together – and it was lovely to see them in the blue & white teapot

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Very nice combination – you do such a great job arranging them. Love the heliconia, I have a soft spot for the genus. 🙂


  7. Kris P says:

    I’m very fond of your beach sunflowers. The closest equivalent growing along the beaches here on the left coast is a giant coreopsis. I love the soap aloe blooms too – that’s an aloe I’d like to add to my own burgeoning collection.


  8. Chloris says:

    It looks tropical to me and I love the sunflowers. They grow on the beach? You have a thing for bromeliads like I have for succulents. One just doesn’ t know where to stop. What a darling little teapot.


    • Thanks, I am having mixed feelings about the Sunflowers, finding they are biennial and prolific reseeders that are kind of rangy. The good news is they can be cut back and bloom nearly year round. Native to the sand dunes near the beach. And, yes, I clearly have a bromeliad problem.


  9. I had a long look at the “less tropical” arrangement and decided that it is a lovely mix of tropical and others, but it still feels delightfully tropical to me! Is that Parrot flower the same as a bird of paradise flower?


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