In A Vase on Monday – Pastels for Easter


My vases were assembled on Easter Sunday.  Easter makes me think of little girls in pastel Easter dresses, eggs, bunnies and chocolate. The Easter Bunny seemed to be bringing my garden hot tropical colored flowers so off I went searching for some pastel tones. Surprisingly,  I found some pastel flowers in the garden and put them together in a vase.


My pastel green Depression glass cream pitcher has been repurposed for rooting some Alabama Sunset Coleus, still hanging over the side in pink and chartreuse. To the Coleus I added some Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata), a Pink Rainlily (Zephyanthes passalong) – not a clue why the Rainlily is in flower. There is simply no rain. Then I found a tiny Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) and finally some Asian Sword Fern.

The Easter Bunny is a cast iron rabbit that has been sitting on my hearth for many years. One of those must have items I ran across wandering through an antiques shop and snapped up.


Here are the hot tropical colors the Easter Bunny brought to my garden.


The red glass vase is from my favorite thrift store. My grandmother collected cranberry glass and this probably came from somebody else’s grandma. In the vase are the first Firebush (Hamelia patens var patens) flowers of the season, announcing hot weather is rapidly approaching. The red and yellow flowers are Parrotflowers (Heliconia psittacorum) and the foliage is from a Cabbage Palm seedling that came up way too close to my house. The evergreens are clippings from a Podocarpus “Maki” that someone sold me by accident, Maki grows about 15 feet high and I wanted a the Pringles Dwarf.

Another piece of the puzzle to fit into my garden.

Happy Monday!


23 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Pastels for Easter

  1. I like both of your vases. I guess you would have a lot of hot tropical color in Florida.


  2. Cathy says:

    The rabbit looks as if he is waiting to pounce, like one of the local cats who sits and sraes at the hedge for ages, presumably waiting for an unsuspecting bird

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  3. Kris P says:

    Your rabbit was busy! I was surprised to see the rainlily but thought maybe you’d received some needed rain – maybe the lily was mounting its own rain dance.

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    • That rabbit gets around. I can’t explain the Rainlily, its so dry the irrigation gave up in that area. Surprisingly it is a good cut flower, I thought it would close after a day but it is still beautiful.


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice set of vases – I like your rabbit, too. Something I would have snapped up if I saw it, too.
    Were you near the wildfires or was that to your north?

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Pastels do seem perfect for this time of year. I like that rabbit very much.

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  6. Cathy says:

    I wish I could send you some of our rain! The hot colours in your second vase seem to fit in better with the image I have of your garden, but those pastels are lovely too!

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  7. I don’t think I have ever seen such a subdued, pastel, well-behaved vase of flowers from you before now. Very pretty, especially that little fern, and I love Mr E.B. too.
    Aha – then we scroll down and find the archetypal zingy Shrub Queen speciality at the bottom!


  8. Chloris says:

    Lovely Easter arrangements, your pastel one is pretty but I love the fiery one. And a nice bunny too.

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  9. Cathy says:

    That fiery arrangement is particularly lovely – and I definitely want to put your bunny in my pocket and take him to France! (I’m sure he’s much too big!)

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