In A Vase on Christmas


It’s Christmas Eve in South Florida, the temperature is hovering around 80 degrees (F) and sunny blue skies are smiling down on me, a few puffy clouds drifting by. Lurking in the back of my mind- the thought that Christmas Eve should be a drizzly, overcast 38 degree day, a day that makes you dream of hot chocolate or hot buttered rum. Rum drinks over ice with umbrellas are called for in my garden this Christmas Eve.

To add a little more holiday feel to the house, I challenged myself to find all the red flowers in the garden to make the Christmasiest vase possible. Here is a closer view:


Red and green striped leaves from the Martin Bromeliad set the holiday tone, a few ornamental peppers add a festive touch of red. Turk’s Cap Hibiscus are hanging over the edge and the spike flowers are from the native Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea). A deeper red Shrimp Plant (Justicia brandegeana) completes the red flowers. The grey flowers are from my Flapjack Kalanchoe, the green spike is a flower of the Snake Plant (Sansiveria). A bit of Asian Sword Fern adds foliage color and background.

Feeling more like Christmas already. Alan the Greyhound basking in the shade of the Christmas tree.20151213_162756

Merry Christmas to all!!


15 comments on “In A Vase on Christmas

  1. Chloris says:

    I love all your Christmassy reds Amy. And I would enjoy a spell of your Christmas weather too. Alan is clearly getting into the Christmas spirit and getting ready to party.
    Have a lovely Christmas. x

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  2. Christina says:

    We too have bright sunshine and a very warm day. Love your RED vase.

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely. I really enjoy ornamental peppers, they add a nice detail.

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  4. Aman Thakur says:


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  5. Kris P says:

    Your bromeliads are remarkable! I love the addition of the striped leaf in your vase. Alan looks very content there under the tree – I bet he doesn’t steal things off the tree like a certain cat either…

    Merry Christmas Amelia!

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  6. Cathy says:

    That’s a great idea, collecting all the reds from your garden for a Christmas vase (it would only be rose hips here) – it really does look festive! Thanks for sharing

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