In A Vase on Monday – Holiday Shrimp


This holiday shrimp is not for dinner or appetizers, it is for the vase and from the garden, not the sea. I love shrimp from the sea, my husband has unfortunately been somewhat shrimphobic when it comes to eating the shellfish. I cope with this by having garlic laden Shrimp Scampi when we dine out, sometimes to his chagrin.

I was looking for holiday reds and greens this week and the Red Shrimp Plants caught my eye.  A burst of flowers appeared just in time to fill the cranberry glass vase, a thrift shop find from earlier this year

The red flowers on the menu are the Red Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana); off white spikes, the mystery plant that appeared last year; white flowers are from Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata), burgundy and green foliage is Solar Sunrise Coleus. A simple but tasty holiday concoction.


The Red Shrimp Plant is a passalong from my neighbor as is the Solar Sunrise Coleus. Below is the Shrimp Plant in the garden, thriving in full shade and sugar sand. It flowers off and on year round, I don’t think I have ever fertilized it or sprayed it for any reason. My kind of plant. Happy go lucky with benign neglect.


We are having a cool spell here in Florida, temperatures were in the mid 40’s this morning. The clear, sunny day was made for gardening – I finished planting seeds in what is becoming my tropical potager, if there is such a thing.


The green beans and tomatoes are already bearing fruit. Work is ongoing in this kitchen garden. I have included flowers for cutting in blocks with the vegetables, most are seedlings about an inch tall. A total experiment as I usually don’t start with seeds. So far, so good.


24 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Holiday Shrimp

  1. Those are very nice colors for the season. My shrimps are still blooming, but the coleus took a hit with the hard freeze the other morning. Isn’t it great to grow vegetables in the winter? My lettuce is in the garage for a few days.

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  2. As well as enjoying your vase, I liked your food-related description (and comment to Cathy). Luckily my husband does like shrimp, but not scallops. So I always get scallops when we eat out!

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  3. Christina says:

    A tropical potager sounds rather special and fun; what else do you have growing. The whole world seems to be having a cold spell! I remember your unknown flowering plant from last year; I wish weeds in my garden looked like that, its perfect in your vase.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Isn’t it wonderful when benign neglect pays dividends!! How intriguing to hear and see a bit about your ‘tropical patager’ today – and what is ‘sugar sand’? Such a lot to learn about growing in othe parts of the world 😉 Oh, and your vase is such a sweet one today 🙂

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  5. Chloris says:

    Such a pretty arrangement. The shrimp plant is very jolly. I am always intrigued by the glimpses of your garden. A tropical potager sounds fun.

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  6. Very suitable colours for the season. I am intrigued by the tropical potsherds, what’s going in it?

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  7. Kris P says:

    Yum – shrimp scampi! I haven’t had that in years. I love your shrimp plant, which you complemented beautifully with the coleus and begonias. It isn’t a variety I’ve seen before. I remember Justicia from the garden (if one could call it that) of my childhood home but I haven’t been successful in getting them to grow in my current garden, probably due to the now perennial water problem.


  8. pbmgarden says:

    Oh how lovely. Great find at the thrift shop. I love shrimp but harder now to find really good ones.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Very pretty and Christmasy! Great find on the vase, perfect for the holiday. The shrimp calyxes match the coleus so well and I love the purity of the begonia blossoms against the green foliage.
    Your veggie garden is sweet and harvesting already -nice! How’s the Voodoo coming?

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  10. Cathy says:

    It really is a lovely holiday arrangement! The red glass bowl sets off the flowers and coleus foliage so nicely! I wonder why it is called a shrimp plant…. do the flowers resemble shrimps? Perhaps, with a little imagination…! It is interesting to hear your temperature has dropped so low. Do you ever get frost?


  11. Noelle says:

    Your arrangement is rather yummy..tasty and just the thing to serve up for your post with references to food. Going out is the time to choose those specials which are not necessarily appreciated by all the family isn’t it? The scented begonia is stunning too.

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