In A Vase on Monday – Winter Wonderland


Winter Wonderland usually brings images to mind of snow and fir trees kissed with white frost. The Wonderland of Winter has a whole different meaning in South Florida. It caused me to  have the oddest thought yesterday, after looking at the 10 day weather forecast, I thought “I wish February would last forever” Suffice it to say we have clear blue skies and the temperatures are nearly perfect for spending time outdoors.


The Hong Kong Orchid (Bauhinia purpurea) tree is in full bloom in my front yard, so I liberated a few purple blossoms. The white flowers are from a Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata), a few Asian Sword Ferns for foliage and the purple green leaves in back are from a Moses in the Cradle (Rhoeo discolor, I think somebody changed the botanical name- generally people call them Oyster Plants) also blooming and I can see the reason for the name.


Purple Oyster Plant

On Sunday I celebrated by going to a plant sale at a local botanical garden. My karma was so good (may need to save more Greyhounds!) the first plant I set my eyes on was exactly what I was searching for – a Pickering Mango, a dwarf mango tree that fruits reliably and after only a couple of years in the ground.


While this was a great find, the deal of the day could have been this Bromeliad. Another unnamed Neoregelia – for $5.


I am not sure the photo does it justice, the Bromeliad is probably two feet wide, chartruese and hot pink and budding.

Winter Wonderland, indeed.


31 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Winter Wonderland

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Your version of a winter wonderland seems a bit more appealing right now. 🙂 Great scores at the plant sale. I can only dream of having my own mango tree. Do you have other fruit trees?

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  2. Christina says:

    Can I come and stay please?!! There is a bitingly cold wind today, so your kind of winter definitely sounds very appealing. I loved the blooms of the Hong Kong Orchid tree when I saw it on Kris’s blog; seeing your close-ups of the blooms I love it even more. How I would love to grow a mango or Avocado. I did grow a passion fruit from seed and it became enormous in the greenhouse but never any flowers so I pulled it out. Enjoy your winter.

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  3. I love orchid trees. They must look so great there. They grow 35 miles south of here, but we are just across the zone line and they don’t like our “cold”. All your fruit sounds so good for a winter treat.

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely! I mistook the Hong Kong Orchid for azalea at first. Glad you are able to enjoy some ideal weather in February.

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  5. Your February sounds wonderful….here we wish it to fly by with its cold and snow so we can get closer to spring. Those orchids are stunning and I adore the color especially against the deep dark green foliage.

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  6. FlowerAlley says:

    Let’s see some mangos Queen.


  7. Cathy says:

    I thought the orchid was an azaelea too! What a pretty vase you have today, and relatively cool compared to your more usual ‘hot’ ones! And what bargains you have bought, especially as one was what you had been looking out for. I’m sure you will show us when it is about to produce its first mango…

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  8. Chloris says:

    I’ve just been admiring the bauhinia on Kris’s blog. I wish I could grow it. Your arrangement is stunning. I like the sound of your sort of February. Oh for a bit of warmth.
    How exciting about your new mango, I look forward to seeing your first fruit.

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  9. Kris P says:

    I usually feel that way about March here but, with our weird weather, I don’t know what to expect this year. I featured Bauhinia in my vase today too! Rain is possible here this week, which can bring all the blooms fluttering to the ground, so I thought I might as well cut 3 good stems. Congrats on your new acquisitions. The mango is a handsome plant and that bromeliad is a steal!

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    • This is an old Bauhinia, really pretty flowers with awful foliage. I am not sure I would ever plant one but I do enjoy the flowers. The Bromeliad experiment continues, only the expensive ones die!


  10. So pretty – my favourite are those tiny white begonia flowers.

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  11. Cathy says:

    Definitely a wonderland. That orchid tree must be such a glorious sight every morning! It is funny you wish February could last forever, while I am grateful it is so short and will soon be over! Hope your perfect weather will continue for you. 🙂

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  12. Karen says:

    The orchid trees used to be more popular, it seemed everyone had them in their yard. I don’t see many here in Vero Beach.

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