In A Vase on Monday -Frangipani, Foccacia and Friends



Sunday morning found me baking bread to make Pulled Pork sandwiches for a friend who came down with shingles. While the bread was rising, I toured the garden to find the components of a vase. The Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica) has just started flowering in earnest and the scent wafting through the air in the early morning stopped me and my clippers.

I clipped a stem of the Bridal Bouquet Frangipani and looked around to see a Pink Desert Rose (Adenium) flowering and cut one of those to add to the vase. What vase? A small red glass one from the GoodWill (thrift or charity shop) seemed in order. Then a bit more red in the form of foliage. A few leaves of Pie Crust Croton (Codiaem varigatum “Pie Crust”) The Pie Crust Croton foliage has the unlikely color combination of red, black, green and a bit of yellow. The shrub will give you a bit of a pause when seen in the garden. The Copper Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpurea’) has come back with the rains and I added a bit of that for deep grey foliage, then found some errant Asparagus Fern to complete my vase. Here is a close up.


I punched the Foccacia dough down and set it into the oven to rise again and finished the arranging the vase.  Here is the finished Foccacia:


This is a Parmesan Crusted Low Sodium Foccasia, my specialty. Here is the bad news.

I woke up the other morning feeling I needed to check on the Night Blooming Cereus:


The bud was no longer on the plant. During the night something knocked off the bud! Maybe next year.


24 comments on “In A Vase on Monday -Frangipani, Foccacia and Friends

  1. FlowerAlley says:

    Remember when this happened to the bud on my husband’s cactus? Finally a bloom after hauling it in and out of the house for over 30 years. Another case of disappointment in the flower bed. I hate it when that happens! Ha


  2. Oh no! I was looking forward to seeing your bloom.

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    The flowers are lovely, the bread looks delicious. Disappointed for you that the bud was lost.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Today I can recognise most of the contents of your vase, or their near relations!! It’s quite tame compared to some of your offerings, but still hints at a much warmer climate! My favourite cocaccia to make includes onions and mushrooms – very tasty 🙂 What a shame about the bud….

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, no! 😦 No cereus this year. Sigh, ah well.
    Pretty arrangement – wish I could smell the frangipani. That croton must be something to see- and what an odd name–’Pie Crust?’ Must be a family joke with the breeder. 😉

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  6. Kris P says:

    Oh, too bad about the Cereus flower. As to the foccacia – yum! The ‘Pie Crust’ croton makes a wonderful addition to your tropical floral confection.

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  7. Noelle says:

    Such exotic blooms..but such a sweet posy. Another IAVOM bread baker!

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  8. I love the shape of those neat little flowers, set off so nicely by the shape of the vase and that pointed leaf. The focaccia looks delish!

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  9. Cathy says:

    Oh, what a shame! I do hope it will flower for you next year now. Your vase looks amazing and must smell delicious – the focaccia too! 🙂 It is always fascinating looking up the plants and flowers you include in your vases!

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  10. What smells best the frangipani of the bread I wonder. Poop the buds gone. Hey ho there’s always next year!

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