In A Vase on Monday-Ironic Architecture


The occasional Architectural floral arrangement appears in my house. I would consider this one is in that style. Generally speaking, I am ambivalent about Architectural furnishings and such. After working for an Architectural firm for a few years, I determined I really did not want to see or deal with another Architect for a really long time. Then, I married one. Twenty five years ago. Ironic.

This morning, finding the Soap Aloe in bloom, I decided to feature it’s large candelabra shaped flower stalk in a tall crystal vase. This idea sent me looking for a wedding gift, said tall crystal vase, from a dear friend, yes an Architect. Not remembering where I put it, I decided it must have been broken when we moved as I haven’t seen it in ages. Went on about my arranging using another vase, finished it, decided to look in the (gasp) crystal and china cabinet and there is was, safe and sound, stowed in the back. Ironic.


This is a relatively simple plant palette. In orange and candelabra, the Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria). A frond from our native Cabbage Palm (Palmetto sabal), the long green leaf is from a Sansiveria( Mother In Law tongues or Snake Plants), the long orange leaves are from Blanchetiana Bromeliads (Aechmea blanchetiana). It seems weird to me, I can think – I need a 4 foot long bit of orange foliage for this arrangement and then find it in the garden. Not particularly ironic, just an observation.

Here is the progress on the Night Blooming Cereus, bud has doubled in size.


Happy Monday.



23 comments on “In A Vase on Monday-Ironic Architecture

  1. Christina says:

    It must be amazing to have something as exotic as the Soap Aloe in your garden; I love its burnt orange colour that is really rather subtle. I love the architectural arrangement!

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  2. FlowerAlley says:

    Keep showing your Cereus development. I have never seen a bloom in person.
    I will share that one of my many Hoyas has blooms forming on it for the first time ever.

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  3. The Cereus bud is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. I have a friend who used to work at an architectural firm so I had to laugh at your take on that experience.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Very striking – but how tall is the vase itself if you refer to ‘a 4 foot long bit of orange foliage’?! Thanks for sharing

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  5. Sam says:

    Very architectural and I love the colours.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful – I love the drama of it. Funny that you married an architect after all that! Looking forward to the cereus. 🙂

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    • Thanks – it is dramatic. I probably never would have married if Internet dating had been around in the 80s. It gets worse, my brother and sister in law are Architects and my niece just married one! Fingers crossed on the Cereus.

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  7. Cathy says:

    The vase is lovely – architecture can be fascinating when it is something new and beautiful. Those aloe flowers are quite something!

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    I’m a fan of architectural arrangements. This soap aloe has a striking form.


  9. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous flowers, they look really dramatic in the tall, glass vase.
    I am looking forward to seeing the Cereus in bloom.

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