In a Vase on Monday – della Robbia Memories

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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).

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  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!

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  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!

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  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 https://therunningwave.blogspot.com/2019/11/in-celebration-of-my-sweet-peas-in-vase.html

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  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!

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  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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