In A Vase on Monday – Pre Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US on Thursday this week. I found a perfect centerpiece container at the thrift store recently and decided to do a pre Thanksgiving arrangement before going full autumnal.

The Thanksgiving centerpiece sans flowers:


Company arrives tomorrow afternoon, so the pre vase will go on the dining room table with lavender candles. Wednesday I will go full autumn centerpiece in the thrift store container. I have inadvertently ended up with numerous red and orange plants in the garden. High colors of the tropics I suppose and a good selection of fall-ish colored plants for an autumn arrangement without the crisp temperatures or actual fall.

Here is what late fall in South Florida looks like, about 78 degrees Fahrenheit with a light breeze.


There is good reason to be here.


The details. The vase belonged to my mother, acquired out west somewhere after my parents retired and went on meandering trips driving around the western US. It is marked Ute and probably made by the Ute Tribe of Native Americans in Colorado, late 1980’s. I enjoy having vases from my mother during the holidays as she is no longer with us.

The flowers: Deeper purple spikes are from Mexican Sage (Salvia sp), lighter purple, Spathoglottis Orchids “Cabernet’, the bits of deep blue are from our native Porterweed. The white mystery plant spikes appeared in my garden and I just keep cutting them. Foliage is Copper Fennel in dark gray and Asian Sword Ferns.

Happy Thanksgiving!


23 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Pre Thanksgiving

  1. Stunning flowers in the vase, and I love the Thanksgiving container awaiting your choices.


  2. It looks beautiful at your beach. I’m sure it is a big draw for lots of company.

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  3. Nothing nicer than a vase that holds flowers and memories. Happy Thanksgiving.


  4. Christina says:

    Love today’s vase and the new container; the beach scene feels like just what I need – strange really after our hot dry summer that the beach still has an allure. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  5. Noelle says:

    We have these containers, and they carry memories….then we add our garden flowers, and more memories are shaped. Your arrangements will charm your visitors. Happy thanksgiving.

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  6. Cathy says:

    So good to have containers with memories as others have said – and others will say! The orchids sit perfectly in the Ute vase and I am wondering what will find their way into your second vase for Thanksgiving… Enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities and having your visitors with you too

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  7. Love the Ute vase – you have some vibrant colours there!

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  8. karen says:

    What a lovely vase and arrangement. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine this week Karen


  9. Kris P says:

    I love the orchids and they complement the vase well. My vases this week certainly don’t say “Thanksgiving” either but, as any more appropriately autumnal creation would have duplicated last week’s arrangement, I decided the heck with it. Temperatures of 78F with a breeze sound lovely as we’re gearing up to welcome Thanksgiving with highs near 90F. Why, oh why, won’t summer stay away?!

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  10. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous orchid arrangment and how lovely to use one of your mother’s treasures. I have vases that my mother used as well and I expect my daughter will do the same.
    I’d love to be magically transported to your beach for an hour or too. And then pop in and see you and then be home in time for dinner.

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  11. Cathy says:

    This really does look autumnal… well, for your part of the world anyway! What a wonderful view of the beach. Your weather is enviable – rain and 4°C here. Brrr! The new vase is the perfect colour for a Thanksgiving arrangement – hope you will share that too. Have a lovely Thanksgiving Amelia!


  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Your beach looks wonderful and 78? sublime! I like your oak leaf vase find – I hope you’ll take a pic of the centerpiece for next IAVOM. Have a great holiday visit with your company!

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  13. Anna says:

    Oh what fabulous colour in your vase! Inherited vases with all their memories are so special. Your beach in Florida looks so appealing especially on a wet and windy afternoon in north west England. I hope that you enjoy your holiday weekend.

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