In a Vase on Monday – March Madness


First of all, this has nothing to do with American college basketball. March Madness is a college basketball tournament, I  would rather read about invasive weeds than watch basketball. College football is a different story. That I will watch.

South Florida seemingly lacks seasons. Spring is subtle, but here. Almost everything takes a few months off, not growing. Just resting for the inevitable plunge into March Madness. The Oak trees, grasses and obscure weeds no one ever heard of are flowering and the pollen is dreadful – the native butterflies and insects are enjoying all of  this and literally making hay while the sun is shining. I am seeing butterflies and insects I have  never seen  before. My bush and pole bean leaves have been folded by butterflies to create chrysalis and while I still have beans, the butterflies emerging are just starting to  amaze me.

img_20200206_133605 This is a Longtail Skipper larvae from a couple of weeks ago, I saw the first butterfly today (it got away from me). I will  post a picture another day if I catch one.

Back to the vase. The actual vase is a old florist vase from the 80s I found by the side of the road. It holds up some heavy cut flowers. Heavy is what I have.


The pink flowers are Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet). They flower off and on year round; not reliably but at some point there they are. And  too pretty to ignore, like some teenage  girls from high school. The ferns are my old stand by, Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) and the white flowers, Dracaena reflexa. Yes, it grows in my garden and the flowers  have a wonderful scent. Close ups of the flowers:

Happy Spring!!

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21 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – March Madness

  1. I am not familiar with Dracaena reflexa. I looked it up and I don’t remember seeing it. Would it be sold as a houseplant? Your Shell Ginger is so pretty.

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    You find creative ways to present tropical feasts. Nice design and good combination of textures. (B-ball over football here any time, although poor Carolina is having a difficult season.)

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    One of your best Balinese ‘spa’ arrangements yet! It’s absolutely lovely! 🙂

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  4. Cathy says:

    The shell ginger is so such a pretty flower and the shiny green leaves make a good foil. That Longtail Skipper larvae picture is great!

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  5. The pink ginger flowers are very beautiful

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  6. Kris Peterson says:

    You created a beautiful floral display amid the madness, Amelia! I hadn’t a clue that Dracaena reflexa flowered – mine have never chosen to do so but then I expect I should just be pleased that I can keep them alive for a time. I’ve commented on the shell ginger before – so lovely!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Dracaena reflexa is one that I have not seen in a very long time. I would not recognize it now. I remember it in the Los Angeles region, along with other Dracaenas that I know only as houseplants. Not many appreciate how fragrant it is because it is typically in the background where it is not identified as the source of the fragrance.

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  8. “I would rather read about invasive weeds than watch basketball” made me grin. That arrangement is very creative. Glad you were looking down, and saw that heavy glass vase!

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  9. Cathy says:

    The shell ginger is really pretty and I do like seeing it in your vases. (Love the analogy too! )

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