In A Vase on Monday – Maximum Minimalism


Maximum minimalism seems a contradiction in terms. I was planning to call this Deconstructed Corsage, due to the Gardenia and Orchids. Shortly before I started writing the post, my husband came in and said ‘minimalism’. I countered ‘”it can’t be, too many different things in the vase”. Upon further reflection, there is something minimal about this arrangement, despite the use of six different plants. I think it is the long lines of the vase and Muhly Grass blending all the elements making it appear to be one plant. One spectacularly unusual plant.


Fall has been slow to arrive here, there are some 50 degree low temperatures forecast this week. The temperature this afternoon was less than Autumnal, 86 degrees (feels like 95), 97% humidity. I will believe Fall is here when I see or feel it! The flowers on the Muhly Grass are a better indicator of the season than the weather.


Plants in the arrangement from the top, Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris), ‘Cabernet’ Spathoglottis Orchids, ‘Hallelujah’ Bromeliad foliage behind the orchid, striped purple leaves are from Transcandentia zebrina, white flowers are Tropical Gardenia (Tabernaemontana divericata) and Sweet Begonias (Begonia odorata). The vase is a thrift shop find.

I still think this would make a good corsage.


21 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Maximum Minimalism

  1. pbmgarden says:

    I love the little Sweet Begonias. Also the pink muhly against the orchid is very effective.

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  2. FlowerAlley says:

    Lovely paradoxical arrangement.

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  3. I always love your creative vases. It is down right cold here at 57 this morning and will go up to 80, which is still considered cool here. I believe it is heading your way.

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  4. I love the continuation of this arrangement from top to bottom and how all the elements blend as one…stunning!


  5. Christina says:

    I agree with the minimalist idea, I think that’s because of the sinuous lines. I love the Muhly Grass, I had a plant once but it disappeared, I’m not sure why as my conditions should suit it; perhaps I should try again as it is very attractive.

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    • Sinuous lines, I like that. Muhly Grass is a strange thing. It does beautifully here in sugar sand with nothing added and thrives on the side of the road. Beautiful pink clouds – I have it underplanted with Beach Sunflowers. Try it again, no pampering.

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  6. Cathy says:

    Now, that would be amazing if all these elements were in one plant! It’s a lovely combination in any case. 🙂

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  7. Kris P says:

    That grass and those orchids are made for one another! It doesn’t feel at all like autumn here either, even if the days are shorter and the nights are a bit cooler. Our temperature just hit 97F and I don’t think that’s the peak we’ll see today, despite our proximity to the ocean. Our humidity is below 10% and fires are already popping up under the current red flag warnings. That doesn’t say fall to me, even if the pattern is becoming all too common.

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  8. Chloris says:

    The Muhly grass is perfect with the orchid. A fabulous arrangement.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    I love this! Very pleasing to the eye. It’s almost like two arrangements – an upper and a lower, like balconies on a skyscraper. Does that sound crazy?

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  10. I’m reading this on my phone and the long, narrow lines of your arrangement and photo are perfect for the shape of the screen. I keep scrolling up and down to appreciate the different layers. I’m a big fan of T. zebrina, which I’ve just learned to call “wandering dude” rather than the usual common name.

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    • That’s great! it would look good on the phone. I guess Wandering Dude is politically correct.New to me, though, have to wonder where the Jew thing came from anyway. This would sound weird to someone in Canada – I have groundcover beds of this in the garden I am moving around!


  11. How come I didn’t see this? It’s stunning, Amy! Elegant and gorgeous.

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