In a Vase on Monday – More Love


It’s Valentine’s week so…another red vase for the month of love. I  am realizing another oddity of tropical gardening. It is February and I have several types of red foliage to choose from for this vase. Croton foliage is in the vase, but I have several red Bromeliads and Copperleaf foliage as well. Color rules the tropics.

There is also fruit in this vase, it is winter and the fruit has been forming since fall. Which is kind of normal? Or should I say typical? Here is a close up:


The red vase is a thrift store find. The red flowers are from Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); red foliage is from Mammey Croton (Codieum variegatum); chartreuse winged fruit is from Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata ‘Alba’)  and the berries are from Firebush (Hamelia patens)

I have been collecting ingredients for a different Valentine’s treat, a tradition in our house.


The recipe is called ‘A Very Good Chocolate Cake’ by Edna Lewis, my favorite Southern cookbook author. I have tweaked it a bit over the years, but usually make for my husband’s birthday and  Valentine’s Day. Suffice it to say I will get my cholesterol  bloodwork done before February 14th!

Happy Valentine’s Week!

For more vases on Monday – follow link to Cathy’s blog VASES

30 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – More Love

  1. I love the red. This week I recognize all your flowers.

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  2. Jon M Davis says:

    Miss Grant it must be nice to have color to work with. We are having cold with snow and rain and the some more rain.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Red is a great eye-catcher, and your arrangement fits the holiday theme to a T.
    I want some of that cake, I’m drooling! 😉 It looks delicious!

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  4. Cathy says:

    That red vase is absolutely perfect to bring out the reds in your plant material, and the overall effect works really well with your Valentine’s theme. I have made chocolate cake today too, one of the last to go in the freezer ready for our opening on Sunday. My recipe came from my Auntie Jean – I wonder what sort of ingredients are in your cake?

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    • Thank you, i will email the recipe if you would like to read it. Very Southern, in the cake bakers chocolate, vegetable oil, sour cream eggs flour and sugar and coffee. Frosting heavy cream, butter, chocolate chips,coffee, sugar and vanilla in cake and frosting. I freeze this cake, too.


      • Cathy says:

        Ah, I have seen recipes like that before – I think mine gets the moistness from the syrup (golden syrup – not sure what you would call it)

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      • Golden syrup was a fad about 20 years ago. Lyles maybe? I had to go to a store called Taste of Britain to buy it.


      • Cathy says:

        Yes, Tate and Lyle’s is the traditional green and gold tin – but I buy Aldi’s vesion now! So golden syrup is not especially common in the US?

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      • No, the syrup is not common – I will have to look in the international foods at the grocery store, there are many visitors from the UK here – I am not sure what ingredient is replaced, Karo syrup maybe?


      • Cathy says:

        I have googled Karo syrup which seems to a very good laxative and an odd thing to be putting in cakes!! Googling further I see that ‘syrup’ can be made from all sorts of things, like corn and sorghum, but our syrup is of course sugar based like molasses is. All really interesting stuff


  5. Chloris says:

    I love all that red and a gorgeous cake too.

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    It is amazing that croton can photosynthesize with those leaves. I mean, they need green chlorophyll to do that.

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  7. Kris Peterson says:

    Yum! How is it I always seem to view your posts at lunch time?! My garden is heavy on red at the moment too. The Begonia fruit is interesting – I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

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  8. Perfect. Both the arrangement and the chocolate cake. Thrown some way up north!

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    Great seasonal combination for Valentine’s. The cake looks delicious. Edna Lewis was chef at Fearrington Restaurant here for a time. Unfortunately I have eaten there only once and it was long after she’d left. I have her cookbook too. (P.S. I have bishopweed to kill also if the company wants another tester!)


  10. Cathy says:

    A lovely red vase for Valentine’s Day. The salvia is beautiful and makes me long for summer and the scent of fresh herbs!

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