In a Vase on Monday – Jurassic Parts


While perusing my garden for vase materials this morning I was seeing a lot of the same old thing and decided I needed to do something different. I wanted to use the dried Bromeliad leaves one more time and the Tillandsia covered branch seemed to go with the idea. The result seems a bit prehistoric to me and in some ways it is containing ferns, palms and bromeliads, all monocots and found in fossils. Here is a closer view:


The dried brown stems are from the seedhead of an Adonidia Palm (Adonidia merrillii); the white flowers are from Lotusleaf Begonia (Begonia nelumbifolia); fern is a Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata); the dried Bromeliad (Aechmea blanchitiana) leaves wrapped around the vase and holding the Begonia stems together were originally on my Christmas wreath, reused a couple of weeks ago  to wrap a whole vase and this is the final appearance. The hanging Bromeliad and branch were found while walking my dogs a couple of weeks ago, these are Tillandsia recurvata, Ball Moss.

The vase is a pasta container I use as a vase since the top was lost some years ago. My husband refers to the gardeners inevitable stockpile of unplanted pots of plants as my ‘Spare Parts’. I am rarely without spare parts, currently holding at six ‘Java White’ Copperleaf.

If only I had a tiny dinosaur to go with this one.

Here it is in black and white, maybe even a bit more Jurassic.


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21 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Jurassic Parts

  1. Noelle says:

    Have just been underground in some caves..not much Jurassic there, but coming back and looking at your vase, I must say how much I admire it.

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  2. the running wave says:

    I have just finished reading a book called ‘Remarkable Creatures’ by Tracy Chevalier which is all about fossil hunting along the coastline around Lyme Regis on the south coast of England. A very enjoyable book and your vase would fit right in! I can imagine its fronds and other plant shapes marked out in stone! Amanda

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    • Amanda, that is great. I have to find that book. My father was a geologist and had a fossil plant garden. I loved your daffodil vase today, commenting on the blogspot blogs has become impossible lately,


  3. This weeks vase is really creative and the black and white works well.

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  4. Cathy says:

    I could have lent you a dinosaur for a prop!! What an extraordinary vase you have produced today – not just the ability to choose the materials but the way you have had the vision to put them together. The overall effect is stunning, and the dangly plant you have hanging on the branch is an inspired touch. Thanks SO much for sharing it with us today

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Jurassic ARTS, I’d say. 😉
    The tillandsia looks a bit like a bat hanging upside down. 🙂

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  6. Kris Peterson says:

    Very interesting and dramatic, Amelia. The addition of the Tillandsia was inspired!

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  7. Chloris says:

    So dramatic how creative you are.

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    Very cool! It’s great to completely shift gears and try something different. I think using black and white is an effective technique for evaluating, whether floral design or painting and drawing.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Those begonias are weird! When I looked it up real quick, I sort of recognize it from Southern California though. The foliage is as weird as the bloom. I remember it from a jobs site in which a palm frond from a Canary Island date palm fell into it, and did quite a bit of damage. Of course, the foliage from around the damage filled in the space real quick.


  10. Cathy says:

    A very creative combination this week – looks quite spooky in black and white, but the edges seem more defined and I do like the effect.


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