In a Vase on Monday – Scentsational Moonlight


Once in a blue moon my greyhounds wake me in the middle of the night to be let out. Ironically, last night was the full blue moon and the only reason I saw it was my dogs wanted to go out.

Moonlight is rather spectacular in South Florida, I am not sure if it reflects off the Atlantic Ocean or the general light level here is lower at night and that makes the moonlight brighter.

I usually walk out in the yard with the dogs as there are some rather large predators about in the middle of the night; coyotes, bobcats and the occasional panther. My dogs are usually too big for such things, but a snarfy lady in her bathrobe at 3 a.m. tends to give even a panther pause. Unfortunately, there is some unbridled greyhound joy in chasing Armadillos at three a.m. Oddly, the Armadillos can outrun them.

While all this was going on, I noted a lovely scent in the air. I decided my neighbor’s magnificent Arabian Jasmine was blooming again, took one more look at the moon, collected my greyhounds and went back to bed.

Sunday morning I realized the scent was from my garden. I have Bridal Bouquet Plumeria, Tropical Gardenias and Sweet Almond in flower and all are in my vase. The Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana divericata) are draped over the right side. The Sweet Almond, draped over the left side (Aloysia virgata). The flowers in the middle are Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica) a favorite of mine just starting for a long summer run.

20190519_115152-1Here is a closer view, mostly the Bridal Bouquet Plumeria.


The vase has been in the foyer for several hours. I think the lovely scent I enjoyed in the moonlight was the Sweet Almond.


18 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Scentsational Moonlight

  1. Cathy says:

    Oh what a joy to be in the garden in moonlight in the early hours, enjoying a wonderful fragrance (and an absence of critters). What a pretty and fragrant little vase you have given us a result – just as nice as my roses!

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  2. Chloris says:

    Gosh, what exciting nights you have. I don’t quite fancy the idea of meeting a panther in the garden. But what a joy to be able to pick frangipani and enjoy the incredible perfume. Beautiful.

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    • The exciting nights can make for tired days! Numerous house cats have been lost nearby, I have seen the back end of a large cat early in the morning, just not sure what kind. Sometimes the dogs won’t go out at all.


  3. George Rogers says:

    I smell it!

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    The scent must be wonderful! I love the purity of plumeria blossoms, they look velvety soft.

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  5. Kris P says:

    Panthers! And here I thought that facing off against coyotes and raccoons – neither of which seem particularly impressed by a woman in her bath robe here – is tough. I love your arrangement and wish my own Plumeria would produce blooms half as nice.

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  6. Noelle says:

    I’m not sure which part of your post captivated me the most. I’m not averse myself to a walk by moonlight in the garden in my dressing gown, but the only way I could picture such exotic animals is to imagine myself in a zoo! The flowers are magnificent, and from living in the tropics in my girlhood understand just how wonderful the scent is at night. This post has the qualities of a short story or maybe an article in a magazine…many thanks.


  7. Cathy says:

    Panthers? Oh my goodness! How wonderful to have that almond scent in the house and garden. The other flowers are so pretty as well in your moon shaped vase. 🙂

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  8. Karen says:

    Love the all white vase and I can just imagine the lovely fragrance.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    I’m getting to like this tropical gardenia thing, even though I have never met one before.

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