In a Vase on Monday – Fringe Benefits


While searching for vase materials this morning it dawned on me, I would not have most of these flowers without making a vase every Monday. I cut flowers from everything except the palm frond and Beautyberries in the past month or for other vases. Hand pruning for a vase inspires the plants to produce more flowers. Fringe benefits from In a Vase on Monday.

Here’s a  close up:

00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20191117130923032_COVERThe red and white shrimp-like flowers are  Red Shrimp Plants (Justicia brandegeana), a nearly indestructible perennial. White flowers with yellow centers are  Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata), another great indestructible. Yellow and red daisies are native Gallardias (Gallardia pulchella) they change their colors with the pollinator – or maybe via the pollinator.


The palm frond in the back of the arrangement is a seedling from a Sabal or Cabbage Palm (Palmetto sabal) that popped up in the garden. The purple berries are still going strong on the Beautyberry (Calliocarpa americana) – I have had berries on one since August, the birds have eaten most of the fruit from the one further out in the garden. The green pods are from a native Senna (Senna ligustrina) I planted for hosting Sulphur Butterflies. Off white spikes are from the native Juba Bush (Iresine diffusa)

Here is the caterpillar from the Senna, one of my favorites:


Happy Gardening and Thanks to Cathy for hosting IAVOM and the fringe benefits, more flowers! Here is a link to more vases: IAVOM more


19 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Fringe Benefits

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Another lovely arrangement! They just keep getting better and better. 🙂

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  2. Chloris says:

    Weĺl, that is a sight to cheer the spirits on a November day. Beautiful Amy, I love your fringe benefits.

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  3. A very pretty vase and I recognize almost all the flowers this week.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Such a warm and glowing vase, Amelia – lovely

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  5. Kris P says:

    I love this colorful arrangement, Amelia. It makes me think: Thanksgiving, Florida-style!

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  6. Yes, that caterpillar is gorgeous! I really like how you have a spray of begonia (?) hanging off the left side, then splayed across the middle. Nicely asymmetrical.

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  7. Cathy says:

    What a lovely splash of colour for our grey November day! Your caterpillar is very handsome. Do you know what he will turn into?

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    Amelia, your designs are so interesting. The materials you choose are colorful, full of texture and this one is arranged so expertly–just lovely. I found some cloudless sulphurs here this summer–fun to see the caterpillar.


  9. tonytomeo says:

    That is a begonia I am not familiar with. I think I saw it before in one of your vases. I did not pay much attention to it because it looks familiar, but is on stems long enough for it to work as a cut flower.


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