In A Vase on Monday – Grace


This post is called Grace because of the funky purple bowl I used as a container.


The bowl belonged to my mother’s Aunt Grace, who was a charming old school southern lady. Grace was my grandmother’s sister and a schoolteacher long retired by the time I came along – she would sit with me and we would draw cats from a series of circles. I have always liked to draw and perhaps she got me started with those cats.

I have been plotting the flower arrangement for a while waiting for the Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica) to need pruning again. The bowl is good sized and it took 10 or so clusters of Frangipani to fill it, I added some buds and foliage of Heliconia (H. psittacorum) then some Asian Sword Fern for green texture.


The purple bowl of Plumeria is now gracing my foyer, I think of my Great Aunt when I pass it.

I feel I have been graced with new friends and some interesting new projects over the past couple of weeks, I wish the same to all who read this post. Happy Monday and thanks to our hostess, Cathy .



25 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Grace

  1. I love your very tropical arrangement. It must be so wonderful to have to prune your plumeria again! The one I once had put out a few flowers and then died, indicating it was not happy here.

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  2. Chloris says:

    This is gorgeous Amy. I love the pure white plumeria and the helicona is perfect with it, picking up the colour of your Aunt Grace’ s bowl. I would love to have this on my table.
    Good to hear that life is treating you well with new friends and exciting projects.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    What an unusual and pretty bowl with a great history. I love such things. Your arrangement is pure tropical loveliness and I think it would be something I’d see in the lobby of a hotel in Hawaii. Beautiful!

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  4. Kris P says:

    That’s a beautiful bowl and I think it’s lovely that you’ve named it after your great aunt – the things passed on can be wonderful ways to trigger memories. You did a great job with the frangipangi – your Plumeria must be splendid in full bloom. My poor Plumeria has yet to produce a single flower this year – I’m wondering if I’d have better (or worse) luck with it if I planted it in the ground rather than leaving it in its current pot.

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    • My experience with Plumeria is it works better in the ground. Better yet, just stick a cutting in the ground during rainy season. A friend gave me a 3 or 4 foot cutting, I stripped it and stuck it in the ground – it took and has put out an abundance of foliage and a few flowers.


  5. I love those frangipani. Do they smell as wonderful as they look? I do love those exciting times in life when fresh projects and new friends cross our paths…


  6. pbmgarden says:

    This is such a beautiful arrangement. Using white flowers seems appropriate for “grace.” Your aunt would be so pleased with how you showcased her bowl and her life.


  7. cyndilenz says:

    Beautiful arrangement! My mom’s name was Grace. She would have loved these.


  8. karen says:

    Very beautiful arrangement.


  9. Cathy says:

    I love the edges of the bowl, and how nice to have things like that that bringing back memories. Apart from a couple of vases that were wedding presents I think all the others I bought myself. Yours must be bigger than it first looked if you were filling it with all that material and it was hard to get a real judge of its size. The frangipani is beautiful and just so White, presumably why it gets called Bridal Bouquet. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Gosh, Amy. This is so lovely. And like that of a painting, the name “Grace” is perfect here.


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