In A Vase on Monday- Spa Day


20190331_110422From time to time I make an arrangement that generates comments like ‘it belongs in the lobby of a spa’. I think there is a relaxation vibe from some of the more tropical plants in my garden. I have been gardening madly to get my pollinator/fruit garden finished before the rainy season starts, so I could use a Spa Day myself.


Here is a close up, there is a lot of foliage in this vase. The flowers are; in red, Guzmania Bromeliad, in white, Lotus Leaf Begonia (Begonia nelumbifolia) – a recent addition to the garden, this Begonia gets 5 feet tall and wide. It has just started to flower and is really shooting up in size. The burgundy and green leaves are from Neoregelia Bromeliads, I am not quite sure of the variety. The thinner leaves are from a Varigated Minature Pineapple (currently bearing tiny pink pineapples). Bigger leaf behind is from the Ornamental Banana (Musa ensente). Ferns are from my driveway edge volunteer Boston Ferns (Nephrolepsis exaltata) and the volunteer Asparagus Fern. Vase is wrapped with a Pandanus leaf.20190331_124536-1

Here is my volunteer Boston Fern garden, I have a crushed shell driveway, the shells are held in place by wood timbers and there is an inches wide space between the driveway and my neighbor’s fence where the ferns thrive. I have really enjoyed this gift.


Happy Monday.


17 comments on “In A Vase on Monday- Spa Day

  1. Cathy says:

    It seems as if everything is supersized in your garden – I would be dwarfed there! I like the added touch of wrapping a leaf round the vase today, a simple thing, but it adds even more class

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Very nice! The bromeliad bloom and foliage are beautiful.
    I didn’t realize begonias grew so big – a small shrub!
    I hope you give yourself a treat when you finish your garden. 🙂

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Oh, I really love the color and form of your Guzmania Bromeliad and the other bromeliad foliage. Nice arrangement.

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  4. Kris P says:

    I think spas and salons decorate tropical blooms and foliage so often because they always look elegantly beautiful, just like your arrangements!

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  5. Such an unusual vase from a UK perspective – love the leaf wrapped round that glass – must remember that one.


  6. Chloris says:

    You always have such interesting plants in your arrangements. I am trying to imagine your enormous begonia. I love your fern.

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  7. Cathy says:

    A 5-foot tall begonia? Wow! Youbare right – a definite spa feel to this vase, maybe because of the glossy foliage and leaf wrapped elegantly around the vase. Very effective. 🙂

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  8. Christina says:

    The leaf wrapped around the vase is a very elegant finishing touch to your lovely vase. I just love the thought of your huge Begonia.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    The lobby of a spa is better than in a funeral parlor, which is why my colleague says about my gladiolus.
    Your Boston fern looks like a common Nephrolepis exalta. I think of the Boston fern as the cultivar with the unusually pendulous fronds that used to be a popular houseplant, before the Dallas fern became more popular. Now, neither are very popular. It does not naturalize here, but the Nephrolepis cordifolia does. It is usually yellow, and gardeners shear it with hedge shears.

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  10. Karen says:

    Your arrangement does look like it would fit well in a spa, it does have a simple calm look about it.


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