In A Vase on Monday – Miss Betty and Miss Alice

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I put my vase together on Mother’s Day, so I included my mother in the photo. Everyone called my mother Miss Betty, she has been gone for almost 9 years now and I still miss her and wish she could see my new tropical gardens in Florida – and the vases. Both things she would absolutely love. A Greatest Generation Southern Belle, daughter of a peach farmer and the source of my love for gardens. Here she is with her grandfather at the peach packing house in the 1940s.

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Miss Betty and Mr. Tommy

The other lady in the title is not a lady at all, Miss Alice is a Bougainvillea. The off white flower in the vase and one of my latest acquistions. I had been dreaming of a Bougainvillea to grow as a pillar next to the entry of our house. Finally the house was painted and I could add a vine – then I discovered most of the colors I wanted had thorns, not just little prickles – 1/2 and inch and up pointed spears and I would be the one pruning the vine. Then I found Miss Alice, a nearly thornless variety. Nearly being the operative word, gloves are still necessary but I am not fearing being turned into a shish ka bob. Here is Miss Alice on her way up.

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The rest of the vase includes Pink Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes justcameupintheyard ?); Alabama Sunset Coleus and Asparagus Fern. In Miss Betty’s crystal Rose Bowl, of course.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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32 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Miss Betty and Miss Alice

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    So beautiful and pretty in pink! I didn’t know that Bougainvillea had thorns. The reason I don’t grow prickly plants is dealing with thorns when pruning, etc. They make me crazy!
    I loved seeing your mom and grandfather and getting their history. I LOVE GA peaches! Do you still have family there?

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  2. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! It is Monday (there) already! Time goes so fast!
    That white bougainvillea is rad. I used to cut the common Barbara Karst bougainvillea, but cut flower experts would say that is silly.

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  3. What a great way to remember your mother.

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  4. Lovely vase and post. I didn’t know about the thorns either.

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  5. A beautiful remembrance vase for your mom, Miss Betty!

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  6. Christina says:

    Beautiful photograph of your mother and your grandfather. Your gorgeous vase is a lovely tribute to her.

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    Your mom was a beauty. Cool to see the photos. Had no idea Bougainvillea had thorns. It’s looking great. And rain lilies I think usually are fall here–lovely.

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  8. Kris P says:

    A nearly thornless Bougainvillea! I’ll have to look for that. After taking out an extremely thorny pink Bougainvillea that seemed to grow a foot a day, stretching into the driveway of our former house and threatening to scratch his beloved electric car (which he’d converted from a gas guzzler), my husband declared Bougainvillea “evil” and forbade planting them. Your pink and white arrangement is very pretty and I too am sure Miss Betty would have loved it.

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  9. Your arrangement today is as lovely as your mom! I love seeing those old photos. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  10. Your mother looks so beautiful and vibrant in these photos – your lovely bouquet is a great Mother’s Dsy tribute, particularly that stunning white bougainvillea.

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  11. Cathy says:

    What a lovely post – thank you for sharing the wonderful family photos, and that white bouganvillea. I didn’t know about the thorns OR the existence of a white variety!

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  12. Peter Herpst says:

    Very pretty arrangement. I love the information about your mother. Alice is no lady…Well bless her heart.

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  13. Cathy says:

    That is so very pretty! I think the white Bougainvillea is beautiful – I didn’t know there’s a white one, and I also didn’t know they have thorns! We only see very small ones in pots for summer displays and I don’t think many people manage to get them through the winter.

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  14. A lovely post, especially with the context. Does the white bougainvillea have particularly large flowers? They look huge. Well done for getting to grips with it thorns!!

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  15. Chloris says:

    I love the white bougainvillea, such a beauty. And what a lovely tribute to your mother.

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  16. I miss that from my childhood – calling ladies “Miss Betty”, “Miss Lou”, etc. It was both respectful yet friendly.

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