In A Vase on Monday – Tropical Bean Blast


Last week several icy blog posts crossed my Reader, so I thought a blast of tropical flowers might warm things up. The tropical flowers are starting to flower again in my garden after a coolish winter. The coral Amaryllis I cut last week has been remarkably slow to open, in fact, it is still not open – despite my efforts to move it further and further into the sun. When I finally put it outside, in the sun, it dropped a bud in protest.

Research has finally identified this Amaryllis as a Barbados Lily (Amaryllis striatum) – definitely from my neighborhood and not a family bulb from my father in law. I see this Amaryllis everywhere in gardens around here, the ones nearby produce a huge amount of seed. I suspect this is another gift from my fine feathered friends. Thank you, birds. The bulb in my garden had two stalks, I cut one – the other is still in bud. Some Amaryllis like this in gardens closer to the water have already flowered and gone to seed.


The other flowers in the arrangement include, in purple, Hong Kong Orchids (Bauhinia purpurea, I think, not realizing how many types of these exist!) The pink flowers are Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet). The pods are beans from the Hong Kong Orchid, my attempt to use something other that ferns for a green foliage accent.


The beans are in all the vases, this one displays them in a heart shape with Shell Ginger.

I love In A Vase on Monday, don’t you?

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting this every Monday!


32 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Tropical Bean Blast

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Those are rad! I have not seen a bauhinia in years! While we were in school, there was a shrubby bauhinia with small brick red flowers, Bauhinia punctata. I have not seen it since the late 1980s. It was not as pretty as Bauhinia purpurea anyway.


    • Thanks, Tony.It is difficult to discern all the Bauhinias. I may learn.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Oh, that is not one you need to learn. I have not seen it since school. We sort of wondered what ever happened to it, although it was not very impressive. Western redbud, even though it does not last very long, is prettier and more colorful. Many years ago, white Bauhinia purpurea were planted as street trees on Burton Way through Beverly Hills (in the Los Angeles region). That is another one you probably do not need to learn. I am a sucker for white flowers, and the foliage actually seemed to be fuller, but without the patterned color, the white flowers look like litter that got caught in the branches. I hate to say that about white flowers, but in this case, the colors win.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I esp. like the heart shape with the shell ginger – it makes me think of an arrangement one would find in a resort as a sign of welcome – along with those animal-shaped folded towels spread across your bed!

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  3. Christina says:

    I’m so pleased you shared some more exotic blooms; I am so fed up with winter this year. I love the shape of the shell ginger and I agree with Eliza that it is the kind of welcome one gets in a good resort hotel.

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  4. We are really lagging behind in blooms over here. My shell ginger completely froze and a few are starting to poke out of the ground. I will enjoy your tropicals for now.


  5. It is always difficult for me to imagine things like your flowers just growing in the neighborhood gardens. Amazing the different climates we live in. And yes, I certainly do love this meme. I always made a fair number of vases but it is so much more fun to share them.


  6. Karen says:

    I’ve always enjoyed tropical blooms as they add such vibrant color to our landscape. With that said, I love the pale pink of the shell ginger.


  7. Thank you for some tropical heat! The colours and shapes in your vases are lovely.


  8. pbmgarden says:

    That’s a nice tropical lineup. I like that Shell Ginger.

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  9. Cathy says:

    What lovely blooms, Amy, and how intriguing to see the beans from the orchids, certainly something I would not have expected. The heart is such a subtle touch, one that you just sneaked in. Thanks for giving us a taste of the tropics when it is anything but here.


  10. Now those blooms definitely warmed me as we still have winter!


  11. Kris P says:

    How wonderful to have seed-planted Amaryllis! I love the shell ginger. If only I had sufficient water to keep a plant like that alive.


  12. George Rogers says:

    If it’s Amaryllis in S FL must be March. Here is the great grand daddy of FL Amaryllis Theodore Mead in his Amaryllis patch up near Orlando…1920s?

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  13. A lovely blast of colour 🧑

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  14. Cathy says:

    Aah, that heart is sweet! Thanks for the tropical blast – I needed that! πŸ˜‰ If our weather doesn’t warm up soon I might resort to tropical drinks…. πŸ˜‰

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