In a Vase on Monday – Pastels


It is Easter Sunday and I find myself making liquid hand soap after giving myself a haircut. Strange days, indeed. My haircut seemingly turned out better than the hand soap. Oddly, there is none in stores. Hand soap, or haircuts for that matter.

I decided pastels were necessary for Easter and cut flowers accordingly. The Bromeliad in the middle is from a couple of weeks ago and has faded to pale yellow. The glass pitcher is a wedding gift – possibly its second use after nearly thirty years. My 27th wedding anniversary is Friday and I can say with confidence we are not going out for dinner. The  good news is I found a rack of lamb online and my husband makes a great Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb!!

It is interesting to take the temperature (not literally)  of gardeners. There is a lethargy encompassing us all, I think. I wonder if it is intentional – in the cosmic sense. Having  spent many decades picking up the pieces after land development – is Mother Nature saying Pause and Reflect? I am feeling that and would  love to know what the rest of  the  world it thinking.

A close up:


Shell Ginger (Zerumbet  alpinia) appears in pink. The aging Bromeliad is  Little Harv Aechmea. The chartreuse and white flowers are from Lotusleaf Begonia  (Begonia nelumbifolia). Foliage – the  ferns, Asian Sword Ferns, yard trash; varigated leaves  ‘Java White’ Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana “Java White”) the other green foliage is from Firecracker  Plant (Russelia spp.) no firecrackers  yet.

Spend some time in the sunshine, it will lift your spirits.

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19 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Pastels

  1. I am so envious of your Shell Ginger. Hopefully, mine will finally bloom this year after two years of freezing. As far as gardening, I’m going full speed. Over the last 4 to 5 years I had many life events that kept me from keeping the garden standards up. I have years of oxalis to dig.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice! I like the drape of ginger on left and asparagus/begonia on right.
    I’ve seen a few cases of lethargy, which I suspect is a form of depression. This lockdown is very trying to say the least! I have to force myself to get outside and do some work, but always glad when I do.
    Clients are starting to call wanting work done, which is good, but wearing a mask is a pain, IMO. If no one is around, I don’t have to wear one. A good reason to work alone, ha!

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    • Thanks, Eliza. I agree, getting outside clears the lethargy and the weeds! Good to have clients calling and I am still fooling around with making masks, trying for comfort with glasses and glasses plus hearing aids for my husband.

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  3. Kris Peterson says:

    Every one of your arrangements including shell ginger is a winner in my book. That we’re still having such supply-chain issues is a source of constant frustration but I’m glad you managed to get provisions for your special dinner. Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes!

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  4. Cathy says:

    What adventures you have been having – cutting hair and making soap! And I am wishing I could join you for that anniversary dinner as that rack of lamb sounds yummy, but three’s a crowd, I suppose! Your pastel vase does seem to suggest pause and reflect and for those of us with gardens and/or who live in the countryside it is easier to take time and reflect on nature, much harder for those in built-up areas and gardenless flats. I am indeed conscious of every blessing

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful! I love the Shell Ginger in particular among the huge array of textures. Have a happy anniversary!

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  6. karen says:

    Wow, such a pretty and exotic mix. I love your flowers. Do hope you have had a happy Easter. Stay safe. All the best. Karen

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  7. Cathy says:

    I really like the greens in this arrangement – very apt for Easter as everything is starting to green up here. 😃 It is a bit like everything is in slow motion here. I am always very aware of the changes in nature through the seasons, but this year especially I am looking hard for those changes and literally watching things grow. (My tomato seedlings are the main focus today!) 😉

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  8. Karen says:

    I’m with all the others and especially like the shell ginger. I don’t think I’ll run out of soup because I have lots of little bars from when we travel to Europe. The are usually hard milled and last forever.

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  9. Congratulations and have a great day! Hand soap — well, its scarcity at this time makes a lot more sense than other items people are hoarding. Good luck making the hand soap.


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