In A Vase on Monday – Back Up Pitcher


The concept for my Monday vase was to arrange a low bowl of Frangipani with spiky accents. The Bridal Bouquet Frangipani are blooming profusely and I wanted an arrangement for the foyer.  I started with (I found out later) my lowest Blue Willow bowl with a glass frog to hold the white flowers in place. While placing the white Frangipani flowers I decided to pick some spiky red and blue ones to go with the bowl. As I was meandering through the garden one of my greyhounds lost his collar and I had to stop and find it. By the time the collar was found and I got back in the house the red and blue flowers had wilted.

Then, I realized the flowers were too short for the bowl. In search of a lower bowl, I concluded there were none and happened upon the glass pitcher. The Back Up Pitcher. My husband is the baseball fan, Atlanta Braves specifically. The baseball is from the 1995 World Series, signed by Mark Wohlers, a backup pitcher.

Here is another view:


I left the spiky flowers soaking in the abandoned bowl, hoping for rejuvenation. Oddly enough, this worked. At this point a return trip to the garden was needed for some taller flowers.


The players in my Back Up Pitcher: in white, Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica), in orange, Firebush (Hamelia patens var patens), in rosy red, Red Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana), in blue, Porterweed, in red spikes, Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea), in red and yellow Parrotflowers (Heliconia psittacorum). Foliage accents are Asparagus Fern and Split Leaf Philodendron. Practically as many players as a baseball team.

Is the arrangement a home run?

Happy Monday.


22 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Back Up Pitcher

  1. Christina says:

    Great back story to your very pretty arrangement.

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  2. Love the arrangement. Beautiful Florida flowers.

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Just amazing. Lovely. Hope the storm won’t cause problems. I hadn’t heard about it–guess I should pay more attention.

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  4. Good stuff. I don’t really get baseball but like the story

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  5. Cathy says:

    I like the idea of there being lots of players in the vase – which as always has a delightfully tropical look to it. Thanks for sharing the whole game with us!

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  6. Kris P says:

    Yes, it most surely is! Clever puns too.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Not much of a baseball fan, either, but I thought it a clever turn to your story. At any rate, you had me at the frangipani and heliconia!

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  8. Cathy says:

    The story behind today’s vase sounds familiar, but the name for your jug and link to the baseball is ingenious! Glad you found the dog’s collar AND managed to put the vase together in the end! 😉 Lovely arrangement. A winner!

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  9. AlisonC says:

    What stunning white flowers really shown off by the reds. It turned out happily in the end, some go together more easily than others.

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  10. Noelle says:

    Everyone contributing to Cathy’s meme is on the winning team…but the ‘Man of the Match’ award goes to your pitcher. These days this term may seen archaic…is Star Player a more up to date award?

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