In a Vase on Monday – della Robbia Memories


It is a holiday week in the US, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November. I  live in South Florida, but in my mind, there should be a celebration with a vase of red and orange leaves and nuts and cones. These things are scarce in South Florida. I always think of my mother, a great gardener and Southern Lady this time of year.  She always had the perfect seasonal centerpiece on the dining room table. So I  went in search of a little bit of not so tropical flowers for this vase.

The vase in the picture is a sugar bowl from my formal wedding china, nestled in a della  Robbia candle ring I made from nuts and cones collected near the townhouse my husband and I lived in when we first married, almost thirty years ago. My mother had a similar ring made by my father’s mother, though I can’t recall what became of it, the ring is one of the holiday touchstones of my youth, usually sporting a  red or green pillar candle during the holidays.

I wonder if others call these della Robbia’s? I  think that term applies to garland decorated terracotta pots. I was working towards a fall arrangement with tropical plants that did not look tropical!  Hope it worked.


The leaves are from Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana); red flower spikes, Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); the linen towel from a very dear friend lost to cancer seven years ago this October.


Orange spikes are from Blanchetiana Bromeliad flowers; off white spikes from Juba Bush (Iresine diffusa); and grass flowers from Muhly Grass  ( Muhlbergia capillaris). There is a stem of foliage with new red growth from Surinam Cherry (Eugenia uviflora)


Tropically, not tropical ?

Happy  Thanksgiving, whenever celebrated and I am thankful for my garden blog friends.


9 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – della Robbia Memories

  1. Your arrangement reminds me of an Autumn garden bonfire. 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  2. I think you nailed it. It will look great for Thanksgiving.

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Absolutely beautiful. The design is exquisite and perfectly balanced, interesting colors and textures. Happy Thanksgiving! (I’ve not known “della Robbia.” Glad you have tied in a family connection).


  4. Cathy says:

    I have not come across ‘della Robbia’ either so I don’t think the term has crossed the Atlantic. It’s always good to have a family or other connection in our arrangements and I think you will have been pleased with the end result, which makes me think of a bonfire too. Happy times to everyone!


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I liked reading about your holiday memory traditions. I’ve slacked off a lot with the holiday decorating, but your centerpiece is certainly inspiring. Nicely done!


  6. the running wave says:

    Look at those gorgeous rich colours, summing up Autumn really! Enjoy Thanksgiving, and your table should be looking glamorous with such a lovely arrangement! Amanda


  7. Kris P says:

    I knew exactly what you were speaking of when you mentioned the Della Robbia ring. Yours is nicely done and has held up well – I was surprised to read that it’s almost 30 years old. I also think you handled your nod to Thanksgiving very nicely with your arrangement. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!


  8. Perhaps when inspected closely you’d realize the material is tropical, but the colours and the della robbia ring (never heard of before, either) are definitively autumnal anywhere! Beautiful!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Yes, it does not look tropical. It might help that I don’t recognize the components. It looks like sweetgum maces and unrecognized pine cones. The colors and textures look like what is out in the forest here.

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