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