In A Vase on Monday – Spring Mix Mystery


Spring is not quite in full force in South Florida and my garden is in tune with the season producing Spring Mix in the vegetable garden (lettuces) and a mixture of tropical and not so tropical flowers.

The lettuce is Baby Romaine, Arugula and Leaf Lettuce. The Cactus Zinnias have produced another round of tiny flowers, the foliage with the Zinnias is from the Hawaiian Snowbush (Breynia nivosa) a green, white and burgundy shrub that has white new growth like it snowed.20180311_142531-1.jpg

The Shell Ginger usually blooms in February or March and is a bit late this year. I am not sure if this is due to a chilly spell in January or the Hurricane last year. This is Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet), a Split Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) leaf and some Asian Sword Fern.


The mystery is the Amaryllis in bud I cut a few days ago, hoping for a long lasting cut flower. About 15 years ago, my father in law gave me some bulbs. his were red and despite my carrying them around all this time, they have never bloomed. There were also numerous bulbs in the garden that I think are our native Spider Lilies, but this is obviously Amaryllis- waiting to see it’s pedigree, inherited from family or a real estate transaction?

Happy early Spring and welcome back to the garden.


44 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Spring Mix Mystery

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    I love seeing your zinnias, I just picked up some new seed the other day. Will start them inside in a few weeks. I’ll see if I can prevent the slugs from getting them this year!
    Shell ginger is so pretty!

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    • Thanks, Eliza I have been reading about biodynamic gardening,have you heard of pine nut slug repellant? I thinkI have seen one slug here. The Dahlias update- two remain and I found the remains of the biggest vole I have ever seen, not sure what happened there, I think the Bobcat got him.


      • Eliza Waters says:

        You have bobcats? Or is that Bob the domestic cat? Somehow, I didn’t think you’d have them in a non-rural area, but who knows?
        I use slug pellets in spring, as shoots are emerging. They aren’t as effective once everything leafs out. I make corrals out of copper flashing and hand pick EVERY night, which gets pretty tedious, believe me!

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      • Oh, this is pretty rural,we live near the last 7 mile stretch of never developed land on the east coast of Florida Bobcats, coyotes and gopher tortoises, the birds are amazing. The cat is strictly indoors!


      • Eliza Waters says:

        That is cool – that’s where I’d want to be. 🙂
        Glad to hear your kitty is safely indoors. Coyotes are too numerous.

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      • I have seen the coyotes once and they are as big as my smaller hounds – 75 ish lbs. The Bobcats are 40 or 50 lbs and I think that is what got the vole that decimated the Dahlias. Many cats have been lost here and I would not leave mine outside.


  2. Christina says:

    Lovely sunshine flowers to start my week, thank you. The ginger flower is just so exotic!

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  3. I love the lettuce! Still eating mine.

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  4. FlowerAlley says:

    That lettuce adds a nice touch. My sis and I enjoyed throwing sea-lettuce at each other in our younger day. Good job Queen.

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  5. Peter Herpst says:

    It’s an exciting time of year and your mystery amaryllis adds to the anticipation of things to come. Great combination!

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  6. Oh my that Shell Ginger is stunning hanging from the vase against the tall foliage….beautiful vases!

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    The Shell Ginger is a beauty and your lettuce looks very tempting.

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  8. Cathy says:

    Oh that is indeed an exciting mystery – do make sure you show us the outcome!! Your zinnias have been so pretty and it is fun to see them displayed with some more tropical blooms and your salad crop as well

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  9. Noelle says:

    Your arrangement really testifies to your gardening prowess. The colours are so beautiful.

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  10. Ali says:

    This is such an interesting combination to see from far away. Love your zinnias.

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  11. Your salad leaves look delicious – where do you grow them?

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  12. I love the shell ginger. Beautiful!

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  13. Kris P says:

    It’s a lovely vignette, Amelia. I didn’t realize that shell ginger opened orchid-like that way (which demonstrates how infrequently the plants are seen around here). I grew Hawaiian snowbush in my former garden but had all but forgotten about the plant until now. I wonder if it’d be happy in a shady corner of my garden here – I’ll have to look into how thirsty a plant it is.

    P.S. Congrats on your state legislature’s recent action. In contrast, it looks as if the feds are going deaf again.


    • Hi Kris, the Shell Ginger continues to intrigue me.The Snowbush is growing where there is not too much water, under a fig tree in sugar sand. Lesser plants have given up. The legislature did something and was promptly sued!


  14. Karen says:

    It will be interesting to see what color your mystery amaryllis is. 🙂 Isn’t Florida gardening fun.

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  15. Cathy says:

    The zinnias are looking good and the whole collection of blooms along with the salad leaves and shells is quite lovely! 🙂

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