In a Vase on Monday – Christmas Palm Forest


IMG_20191208_115516It’s an oddly dreary day in South Florida, making it feel more like the holidays to me. I decided to do a mini forest basket for this second week of Advent. The forest idea sprang to mind when I saw the Christmas Palm seedhead from last week lost all its berries and looked like a  birch tree in winter. I usually call these Adonidia Palm, this is one of  those  plants with several common names. The common name can be Christmas Palm or Manila Palm, and my neighbors call them Triple Palms as many have three trunks. The botanical name is Veitchii merrilli. Below is a Christmas Palm with red fruit.



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The arrangement has the white stalk from the Christmas Palm seedhead. Red flowers are from Heirloom Pentas (Penta lanceolata); red berries are from the evil Brazilian Pepper  (Schinus terebinthifolia) – the Peppers are invasive in South Florida to the point it is illegal to plant them. I have gotten rid of mountains of  these things, but there are always a few lurking and using them in flower arrangements saves Florida a few in the woods. The ferns are: Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) in the back and Asparagus Fern around the edges. Both are volunteers in the garden. A closer view:


The  basket is a thrift store find and the gold cat is in honor of Mr. Bob, our resident Bobcat.

Feeling a bit more Christmassy this week. Maybe a tree and wreath on the front door next week.

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Happy Gardening.


18 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Christmas Palm Forest

  1. It is hard to get into the Christmas spirit when the heat is on and flowers are blooming. Your pentas are looking good, mine took a hit from a frost.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    This is fantastic, I love it, one of your best! A mini-forest. 🙂

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  3. Cathy says:

    Oh that white stalk is stunning – the star of your forest! – but the overall effect of your red and green is stunning

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  4. the running wave says:

    I love your starry red blooms! They must be helping get you in the Christmas spirit! And I very much like your container! Amanda


  5. Kris P says:

    Nicely done! Your forest came together very well and Mr Bob’s stand-in is a wonderful touch. I love the red Pentas, which clearly like your climate much better than mine.

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Oh my. This is just lovely Amelia! Love the concept and your skillful interpretation.

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  7. Cathy says:

    The branch bereft of its foliage is very effective. And with the red flowers and berries it all looks rather Christmassy! 🙂

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  8. Cathy says:

    Love the effect of the fern foliage with the reds of flowers and berries! And thanks for talking about the plants – so interesting. Christmas is imposing itself here. I am decorating two trees today, instead of planting them in the garden.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Evil Brazilian pepper? I know they can be prolific in the Los Angeles region, but I do not think of them as invasive. Florida must have more of what they want. I never was too keen on them anyway. They really don’t look like much. Their only advantage is that they are so easy to grow.


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