In A Vase on Monday – A Day at the Beach.


I usually conjure up my vases on Sunday morning as many things in South Florida can get wilted in the afternoon. This morning I was scratching my head as it didn’t seem to me much was going on in the garden.

As I was walking around the garden it occurred to me what a wonderful exercise  in seeing putting a vase together every week is. (This is also a flashback to design school -looking and really seeing) First, I noticed the berries on the Firebush (Hamelia patens)


Then the fluffy seedheads on the mystery plant:


Whatever this is popped up in my garden a few years ago  and I left it for the flowers or seedheads, please let me know it you recognize it. I thought it was some sort of Amaranth, but don’t really know.


After finding the two base plants, I found the Red Shrimp Plants (Justicia brandegeana) and Beach Sunflowers (in yellow, Helianthus debilis) are still flowering and the thus far, oddly small Cactus Zinnias were added. Then I went around to my herb pots and snipped some Copper Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare “Purpurea”) to complete my arrangement. The flowers were placed in an vintage amber glass candlestick holder from Dansk, a favorite of my husband, repurposed for a vase on Monday.

Then it dawned on me, this was so easy it was like a day on the beach. So, I decided to go see how things were on Jensen Beach. If you are in a cold place I hope this warms your heart.



33 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – A Day at the Beach.

  1. Chloris says:

    Lovely Amy, the Hamelia patens is gorgeous and looks so good with your Mystery Plant. The candlestick holder is the perfect vase.
    I wish I could join you for a walk on your beautiful beach.


  2. All your flowers went together well. The beach pictures are appreciated as our weather has turned wet and damp.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful!! The sprays of ‘mystery plant’ offset the firebush and sunflowers perfectly.
    Ah, a day at the beach would be so welcome – it is snowing here, though it is quite pretty and festive, so I can’t complain. I’ll save that for January. 😉


  4. Annette says:

    Beautiful vase! Wouldn’t mind one bit to spend a day at the beach! Have fun 🙂

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  5. Cathy says:

    Your mystery plant looks a bit like Aruncus – perhaps check it out? It’s surprising what we can find for our vases sometimes even when we think the pickings are thin – your candleholder makes an excellent vase for your pretty finds. Enjoy the beach!


  6. Kris P says:

    Very pretty! I love that firebush every time I see it in your photos. I should find a spot to try one here. Your beach looks warmer than ours!


  7. pbmgarden says:

    Great textures in your arrangement. Would love to join you for a walk down that beach. Enjoy!


  8. What an inspiring arrangement. It is cold and foggy here, so seeing the beach made my day!


  9. Cathy says:

    That is a really pretty arrangement Amy – so summery! Thanks for the beach photo… it is so very cold here that a walk across warm sand seems like a dream!

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  10. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I kept a shrimp plant as a house plant many years ago. I just love the form of the bloom. You vase is lovely. I really like the idea of “embers of the garden” right now. This phrase paints a lovely picture in my mind.

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  11. What lovely colours. The firebush berries are a contininuing delight and your mystery plant looks great with the fennel. Do the leaves smell? It isn’t some kind of artemisia is it?

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  12. I don’t know your mystery plant. You are such a creative soul.That’s a very interesting arrangement.

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