In a Vase on Monday – Some Like it Hot



Living in South Florida requires ‘liking it hot’. The weather certainly is and in my case the colors in my garden. I like it hot. I will say a little moderation in the temperature would be meaningful. I have seen our current weather described as ‘Hell’s Front Porch’.



This morning my husband sent me this, I don’t think it was actually quite that hot. However,  I decided to retreat to the air conditioning and leave the garden, letting the weeds take over a little more. We are up to 11.5 inches of rain for August and are expecting a few more inches from a nearby tropical system. The weeds are deliriously happy and reveling in the plentiful precipitation.

A closer view of the vase. The orange tubular flowers are appropriately named for the season, Firebush (Hamelia patens var patens) There is a botany war about the proper name of this plant. I decided that is its proper name.



The red spikes are from Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea), enjoying a banner year with all the rain, red flower at the base of the arrangement is Miniata Bromeliad (Aechmea miniata); white spikes are from Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata) another great butterfly plant. There is a lot of foliage in this vase. The grey foliage is from the Barometer Bush (Luecophyllum); big green leaves at the base are from Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata ‘Alba’); burgundy foliage is from a Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana); two kinds of fern – Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata) and Asparagus Fern – both are volunteers. In the back some foliage from a Blanchetiana Bromeliad (Aechmea blanchetiana ‘Lemon’)


The Firebush with a friend. The Zebra Longwing butterflies have been enjoying its nectar this summer, I have seen five butterflies hovering around the flowers more than once. These are planted beside my front door, so I see them several times a day and enjoy the flowers and the Zebras.



Every Monday Cathy at hosts In a Vase on Monday, to see more gardens and vases visit her blog.

Happy Gardening.


19 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Some Like it Hot

  1. Wow, feels like 150? Now that’s hot. We are under a heat advisory again today. Finally got some rain yesterday.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Here is one gal who does not like it hot, I totally wilt!
    I like the textures of the various leaves and the bright Firebush blooms with red Salvia. This kind of heat I like! 😉
    Stay cool this week, Amelia!

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    The Firebush seems aptly named. Works great with the foliage. Hope y’all get relief soon from the heat.


  4. Cathy says:

    Good grief, Amy – ‘feels like 150’ does not bear thinking about! 😦 Your foliage today brilliant sets off the red of the firebush, such a good contrast. And the stripey butterfly is gorgeous – there would be no problems identifying that one when you saw it!

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    • I think someone was joking, it only felt like 105! Thank you I love a good foliage accent with the flowers and have the craziest colors of foliage so I have a lot of fun with foliage.


  5. Kris P says:

    Well, once you hit 100, I’m not sure how much it matters how many degrees you’ve gone over – it does indeed feel like hell’s kitchen. Our summer humidity levels have been ramping up with each passing year but we still don’t have anything on Florida in that department; however, the statement that ours is a “dry heat” is suspect if not utterly bogus now. Every time I see your firebush, I kick myself for failing to add one to my garden, especially as it attracts beautiful butterflies.


  6. Crumbs! I do hope it has cooled down a bit by now. I always love to see your exotic vases. Striking butterfly – they must look wonderful flitting about in the garden.

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  7. Chloris says:

    It has been hot here too, 32 c which I think is about 86 f. So not as hot as you, but hot enough. I quite like it for a short time but I don’t enjoy spending 2 hours watering. I love your hot colours. I do wish I could grow your fabulous Firebush. And that butterfly is amazing.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Yours are always the oddest. The flowers in Florida are so different from what grows everywhere else.

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