In a Vase on Monday – Purple Jam Session


One of the components of this arrangement could be used to make’s the purple Beautyberries. The green fruit on the table is Florida Avocadoes from a neighbors tree. My grandfather referred to these as Alligator Pears, which makes sense to me now. It’s a sweeter, creamier version of the Hass Avocado. I have a Cuban Avocado tree in my garden, the fruit is similar just twice the size of the Florida version. My grandfather might have called these Alligator Footballs.


I didn’t set out to do a purple vase, it just evolved after I found the Ground Orchids blooming (Spathoglottis “Cabernet” small purple orchids in the middle). I added some peachy pink Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) and Purple Beautyberry (Calliocarpa americana). Then some white accents, spilling over the side Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata) the creamy white spikes are from Juba Bush (Iresine diffusa). Greenery is Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) and a burgundy Bromeliad leaf  – Luca Neoregelia.


Now, if only one of my neighbors would make some Beautyberry Jam!

Happy Gardening and Happy Monday.

To see more vases follow this link to Cathy’s blog,


23 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Purple Jam Session

  1. Have you ever eaten Beautyberry jam?

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  2. I was wondering the same thing as above. Those berries are just so dramatic.

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  3. the running wave says:

    Such dainty begonias! I am not keen on the big heavy blooms, but these are just lovely! So are your Beautyberry berries! Amanda


  4. Cathy says:

    The callicarpa berries are so gorgeous, but surely you would need an awful lot of them to make jam? The berries and the orchid blooms are set off perfectly by the green foliage – lovely, as always

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the flow of this arrangement, high to low, perfectly balanced around those lovely orchids. Nice!

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  6. Kris P says:

    Another very pretty composition, Amelia! I do love those berries but then I’ve said that before. The ground orchid intrigues me. I planted one from another genus here earlier this year but thus far it’s done absolutely nothing – except not die, which I suppose is something…

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  7. Cathy says:

    Especially love that shiny green leaf with the avocadoes mirroring the colour. I had no idea Beautyberries are edible! I wonder what the jam tastes like?

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    • Thank you, the Beautyberries produce more fruit here than further north. I have a jam making friend who just got one..we may have to wait – I have heard they don’t taste like much, the jam is really pretty though.

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  8. Hmmm. Jam ‘not tasting like much’ means it needs just one thing…a dash of spiced rum. Perfect for pancakes at a boozy brunch. It’s the ferns that caught my eye first, in your vase. Then I was led down to the orchids and begonia. Beautiful.

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely. I adore that ground orchid. Didn’t know callicarpa berries could be made into jam. I planted one callicarpa and now I’ve several growing that I didn’t plant, but I don’t think I have a quart and a half of berries.

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  10. Chloris says:

    Well there is a surprise, I never knew you could make jam from callicarpa. Not that I could bear to pick my berries, I don’t have that many. Gorgeous colours, I love your orchids.

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