In a Vase on Monday – Holiday Infusion


For me, it is always a bit strange being in South Florida during the holidays. I spent most of my life in a place that experiences winter. Yesterday I found myself in the grocery store dressed in shorts and a tank top, surrounded by gaping tourists and listening  to  Christmas carols play in the background. While driving home I noted my neighbors planting Poinsettias in their yard for holiday color. Odd. Clearly a holiday vase was in order.


The big red flowers are Nodding Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos); red spikes are Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); red star shaped flowers are Heirloom Pentas (Penta lanceolata); white spikes are from the sweetly scented Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata); white stems are from Adonidia Palm (Veitchii merrilli); white daisies are from Spanish Needles (Bidens alba) ferns are from the native Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata).

The vase is another oddity found by the side of the road in my neighborhood, likely a historic florist vase from the 1980s. With all the red and green in my vase…my Christmas spirit is cranking up a bit. Maybe my holiday mood will improve once my neighbor puts the flamingoes out. Yes, there is a sled and Santa that goes with it.


Didn’t I say it was a bit strange in South Florida during the holidays?


At least the Nodding Hibiscus looks a bit like a Christmas ornament.

Happy Holidays!  To see more vases from around the world go to


22 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Holiday Infusion

  1. It is sometimes hard to get into the decorating mood when it is sunny and warm out. On the other hand with no snow, the decorations here are usually over the top.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice work, very festive! Funny flamingoes, why not? I like the tropical answer to the snowy Christmas card: Santa, wearing sunglasses, Bermuda shorts and a colorful Hawaiian shirt, sipping an umbrella-accented drink. 😉

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  3. Cathy says:

    Ah well, flamingoes to mark the start of the festive season…as good as anything else, I suppose! I like your alternative Christmas vase though, which is infinitely preferable to poinsettia!

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  4. I saw this n your Instagram account and loved it!

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Love your festive vase. I really like your pentas and occasionally have tried them. Mine are never that pretty. The white stem of Adonidia Palm is a great addition.

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  6. Kris P says:

    You’re well set with an ample supply of red flowers to mark the season. The Hibiscus would make a beautiful Christmas ornament. I look forward to seeing the entire flamingo ensemble.

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  7. Chloris says:

    I love your festive arrangement Amy. The hibiscus is fabulous. I don’t know about the flamingos though.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Palm bloom is rad. I don’t know the Adonidia palm. There are so many different palms in Florida that do not do well here.

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    • Thanks, Tony. it is a tropical/humid palm. Native to the South Pacific somewhere. I think of the California palms as desert palms. I have a Phoenix roebellini as well. You probably know that one!

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, I know Phoenix roebellini. I have grown only one, but would like to grow it again. It used to be rare. The palms here must contend with minimal humidity. However, the native desert fan palm does not do well at all near the coast. Even in the Santa Clara Valley, it does not do well where it gets watered through summer.

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