In A Vase on Monday – Tropical Zen


Much to my surprise, the day after Hurricane Matthew grazed our beach I was picking up debris and found the native Spider Lilies had sent up buds. A few days later, the flowers appeared.


These are probably three feet tall and quite sturdy, they appeared in my garden and I mistook them for Amaryllis, separated the bulbs and planted a long mass in my back garden. As these things sometimes go a third did well, another third are still alive and then another third didn’t really take or were eaten by the gigantic Lubber grasshoppers we have here. Still, these were a nice surprise and I decided to cut a few for a vase.

My husband’s comment was “that is really minimalist for you” – which is true, I think this vase belongs in a modern spa or a sleek black granite lobby.


The flowers  present a bit of a design dilemma – while striking they are in my imagination tiaras for fairies and my dilemma was to cut the flowers off and use them as a short stemmed element with other flowers or emphasize the lean whorls of crowns in a simple vase. Simple won out for a tropical minimalist vase.


The flowers are our native Spider LIly (Hymenocallis latifolia) they grow in pure sand on the back side of dunes and in hammocks. The foliage is the leaf of a Heliconia ‘Splash’ and a Split Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron selloum). A burgundy leaf from an unnamed Bromeliad anchors the stems together in the glass vase. I remember buying the vase to force Cherry and Forsythia branches in winter and could never get that to work. I think the vase was waiting for some Tropical Zen on Monday.


29 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Tropical Zen

  1. Spectacular! We have native Spider Lilies, but they are not as dramatic.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I love it! Simply perfect way to showcase the beauty of Spider Lilies. Definitely high end spa or Four Seasons hotel lobby worthy. 🙂 I think you should start a weekly flower service!


  3. Cathy says:

    Good Grief! Amazing that these grow wild in the dunes – such an other-wordly look about that time and indeed very different from my white vase! Thanks for sharing


  4. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful spider lily and so unusual. Glad you had some success with them.


  5. Cathy says:

    It is quite beautiful and exotic Amelia, and I think the vase was the right choice. It would have been a shame to cut its stalk right down for a smaller vase. And lucky it didn’t flower before the storm or it would have been spoilt. 🙂

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  6. Kris P says:

    I think you made the right choice. The height of the flowers is dramatic and difficult to find in gardens these days as growers shift more and more toward dwarf blooms (at least here).


  7. Chloris says:

    Wow, these are stunning. And you took absolutely the right decision about how to display them. How elegant.


  8. Simple, but such great attention to detail!

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  9. FlowerAlley says:

    Oh my. I have some of these. I guess this means they have to come in for winter, too. I need a bigger house.

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  10. Tropical zen, indeed. I love the simplicity of it. Though I’ve never seen those spider lilies before. What an interesting flower, eh?


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