In A Vase on Monday – Shell Loopy


The Shell Gingers (Alpinia zerumbet) are flowering again. This is such a dramatic plant, I think it should be displayed on its own. Of course, me being me, I had to do something with it. Feeling there was a bit too much foliage in the arrangement I cut a lot of it out, enjoying the gingery fragrance and wishing for a Thai food lunch. As I was in a state of ‘garden dress’, lunch out was out of the question; so I persevered with my arrangement. I rolled some leaves into loops and added a few red burgundy Blanchetiana Bromeliad leaves.


Shell Ginger needs a bit of shade to be at its best. Last year, my neighbor destroyed all the shade, removing trees on the other side of the fence. Oddly enough, the Ginger has responded with lighter foliage and a bounty of buds, the likes I have never seen before. It will be interesting to see what happens next.


News from the garden. I have been reporting/complaining about my Papaya experience. Well, the tree added some newly hermaphrodite flowers and now I am getting female and mixed (hermaphrodite) flowers – and more fruit. Four, so far. I can’t wait to see what the tree produces. Here is the first fruit from last week.



24 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Shell Loopy

  1. Your shell ginger does so well. I like the creative way you looped the leaves. My shell ginger hasn’t bloomed in a couple of years. Maybe this will be the year.

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  2. Chloris says:

    My goodness that looks as if it should be in the foyer of some grand hotel, how elegant. I love the shiny Alpinia flowers. Very exciting about your papayas.

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  3. Cathy says:

    Ooh that IS exciting about your papaya – such good news! And Chloris is quite right, your vase is so elegant and stately – you have such a talent for visualising how it will work out

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  4. Christina says:

    I like the effect of the rolled leaves perfectly adding to those delicious flowers. I’m very excited to see the Papaya, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one growing.

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  5. Kris P says:

    I think you struck the perfect balance between foliage and flowers with this arrangement, Amelia. How I’d love to have shell ginger growing in my garden! My husband of course would much prefer a papaya.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Gorgeous arrangement – very professional– like in a spa hotel in Tahiti. 🙂
    Your papaya has really grown a lot! I love papaya doused in lime juice – delish!

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  7. Cathy says:

    I love what you have done with those leaves – a lovely touch although those ginger flowers are simply gorgeous as they are. I love ginger and a plant that smells of it must be something!

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    How 1985! but without the prominent lines. This is what floral design looked like just before we studied it in school. Yes, flower growers needed to study it somewhat, just so we knew how our crops were being used. We did not learn about shell ginger though.

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    • I guess this would go with California Cuisine, interesting what is happening in floral design now.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Well, California cuisine is a completely different topic. There are more distinct cultures here than there are in the rest of North America. It makes fun, but also impossible to generalize about our culture. Much of what is considered to be ‘Californian’ is a joke to Californians.


  9. Lovely. An Asian influence, maybe?

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