In A Vase on Monday – Mother’s Day Melange


Putting together a Vase for Monday usually makes me think of my mother. I am sure she was the genesis of my interest in gardening. This is her crystal Rose Bowl filled with a mixture from my garden. The wood thing in the background is a cake form I picked up in Japan some years ago, used for making Mung Bean Cakes, I think. I like the cake pan, but can easily forego the cake. My friend who lived in Japan called them Modeling Clay Cakes.


The Rose Bowl is packed with flowers. The orange tubular flowers are from the Firebush (Hamelia patens var paten), I have used orange Ground Orchids (Epidendrum), white Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana divaricata), Sweet Begonias (Begonia odorata), a few Parrotflower Heliconia (Heliconia psittacorus), Red Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana), the seed stalk is from a Dracaena reflexa, and a bit of Asian Sword Fern.


Here’s the latest thing of interest from my garden:



The Nam Doc Mai Mango tree is fruiting! Hoping for some Mango Melange soon.


24 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Mother’s Day Melange

  1. Cath says:

    Yum, the scent of Gardenias, and Mangos! The cake press looks like a shortbread mold, perhaps nicer than mung bean cake if not as good for you. 🙂

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    This is just lovely.

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  3. Do wild animals leave the mangos alone?

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  4. Cathy says:

    Can’t imagine what mung bean cake would be like – a Japanese delicacy? Your little crystal vase packs a powerful punch of colour for its small size – thanks for sharing it

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  5. Christina says:

    The rose bowl is beautiful and your exotic flowers match its beauty.

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  6. Cathy says:

    Love the arranegement in yoir Mum’s vase. And how wonderful to have your own mangos! 🙂

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  7. Kris P says:

    I have to look into that tropical gardenia – I wonder if it would do better here than the species types. As to the mango – wow!

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    • Kris, I think it would, the gardenia that is, I unearthed from overgrown @#$ in about 10 of Brazilian Pepper, growning in pure sugar sand with no irrigation. I think it is a Zone 10 plant though.


  8. Wow mango in the garden, wel jel! The cake press is rather lovely as is your mums vase. Interesting again, lovely

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  9. Well, I am obviously late to see this one — but it is no less beautiful for my late arrival. And that mango looks very promising.

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