In a Vase on Monday – Flowers for Willie

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I have spent more time in my garden sitting in the place I designed for specifically for sitting than ever before. And my husband joined me. We have enjoyed drinks, snacks, a bit of reading and the ocean breeze. This is an amazing result of a dreadful scourge that shall remain nameless. Willie Nelson’s son wrote a song about it. It is called Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) Here is a link: The Song

Willie Nelson is an American Icon; a longtime country singer with a haunting voice who writes lyrics that will make you cry. A longtime favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy the song.

This vase is for him.

Back to the vase. The vase is heavy crystal gifted to me by my late brother, coincedentally, a huge fan of Willie Nelson. I used the vase for its heft. The tropical flowers are heavy and have thick stems that will knock over a lighter vase.

Some close ups:

The flower of ‘Little Harv’ Bromeliad. Little Harv is an Aechmea Bromeliad and not so little, he packs a sharp bite if you run into him while wrestling a fibrous stemmed flower from him. I have some scratches on my leg where Harv bit me, though I think he will be OK with me enjoying the flower indoors.

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Two stems from the Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet). A very pleasant, yet huge Ginger – nearly five tall and wider than that; these need to be  pruned into compliance and cutting the flowers helps.

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The  accents offsetting the coarser texture flowers. The white flowers are from Lotusleaf Begonia (Begonia nelumbifolia) a  bit of wild Asparagus Fern from the garden and leaves from the Shell Ginger.

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I will continue working in my garden, writing and enjoying sitting in my happy place. My prunings will continue to delight me this week. I hope everyone is well – I will be in my garden listening to Willie Nelson.

To see more spring flowers (or fall in the Southern Hemisphere) visit our hostess, Cathy at her blog http://www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com.

24 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Flowers for Willie

  1. Your vase is very pretty today. I am hoping for some Shell Ginger this year. I never heard that song, but I was never a big country fan. When I moved to Texas, I was admonished for not knowing Willie and Waylon.

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  2. Love the song and those fab flowers

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  3. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the link and its sentiment, Amy. I had to smile at your vase today as I looked at it and immediately said ‘shell ginger’ so am clearly learning more about your tropical plants! We are fortunate to have gardens to provide us with such joyous material as well as a place of refuge in these surreal times. Thanks for sharing

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  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    The first photo is like an exquisite botanical drawing. So beautiful, I’d like to draw it myself! If only I was better at drawing. I enjoyed the song, too.

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  5. Kris Peterson says:

    *SIGH* (Shell ginger). I always admire your bromeliad flowers too – we may be able to grow bromeliads in the ground in SoCal but we sure can’t claim anything like the flowers your plants produce! Thanks for the introduction to the song by Willie and his sons too.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Very nice, the ginger and begonia look like bling. 🙂 You’ve done Willie proud!

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  7. sangita2020 says:

    Beautiful arrangement.

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  8. Linda Casper says:

    Such an attractive display. Enjoy your seating area.

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    What are the broad leaves in the background?
    I just moved a heliconia from an abandoned house today, after debating if it was worth salvaging in this climate, where it might need to be sheltered. After seeing them in someone else’s garden, I went for it.

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    What are the broad leaves in the background?
    I just moved a heliconia from an abandoned house today, after debating if it was worth salvaging in this climate, where it might need to be sheltered. After seeing them in someone else’s garden, I went for it.

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  11. You use the most interesting flowers in your arrangements! And that back story is very interesting. Off to listen to the song now. Stay well, dear Amy. Stay safe.

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