In a Vase on Monday – Tropical Treats


One of the few benefits of increasing humidity in South Florida is the appearance of the more tropical flowers. Their scents perfume the garden and I am currently enjoying them indoors, sans humidity. The fragrances of tropical Gingers, Frangipani and Gardenias are floating through the air. Ever so lightly.

The vase is a Crate and Barrel candleholder from the 1970s. Bought during my husband’s first marriage and similarly has lost its mate. Though I do love it (and him) for the occasional vase. Another view of the vase:


A close up of the flowers. The yellow and pink flowers and buds are Frangipani (Plumeria) A friend gave me a cutting a few years ago and I have no idea what the name of the variety is. This one is more fragrant at night and before sunrise (my greyhounds love this time of day, me, not so much – chasing rabbits and armadilloes are low on my life  priorities). The white flowers and most of the green foliage is from Florida Gardenia (Tabernaemontana divericata – or something like that); these are not from Florida, India I believe is their real home and they are mostly deciduous here. The pink flower is Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) – these flower off and on year round and it is nearly a pleasure to prune them for the fragrance.



I am hopeful everyone has enough food and lav paper (I love the English term) – our supplies are still a bit weird. My husband, who has never joked about the quality of the paper – is doing so. And we are  both laughing as circumstances are so, well, absurd. I am hoping not to be attempting to grow Papyrus for personal use this fall.

Happy Monday and Happy Gardening.

Amy or Amelia – I answer to both.


26 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Tropical Treats

  1. Ah, my daughter is called Amy – means beloved – 🙂
    A beautifully exotic vase to my UK eyes – I’m trying to imagine the scent – all thick and sultry and sweet – mmmmmmmm.


  2. Beautiful flowers and photos again

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  3. the running wave says:

    I can smell that frangipani from here (east coast of Scotland) – such a rich and heady scent! I remember it from the time we lived in the Bahamas, and also a trip to Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territories, when our son got married there! I love it! Your vase is great, bold and beautiful. Amanda

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    That must smell heavenly! I esp. love the look of plumeria.
    Did you get a lot of wind with Arthur passing by?

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  5. Cathy says:

    Yes, it shouts sultry and tropical, and I am trying (but failing) to imagine the fragrance! The candlestick makes a great vase, doesn’t it?

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    That arrangement is so perfect it’s almost unreal. Beautiful. My maternal aunt loved her frangipani. She lived in Leisure City south of Homestead for many years until Andrew finally chased her home to NC.

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    • Thank you – it’s so real the Frangipani fell off! Andrew chased a lot of people off, for good reason, predicted to hit where I live it took a hard left..Homestead was flattened I went down there on business, yikes.


  7. Kris Peterson says:

    I always love your shell ginger and now you’ve upped the ante with addition of the Plumeria. I have one Plumeria in a (probably too small) pot. It didn’t bloom for me last year and hasn’t done anything yet this year but I remain hopeful!

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  8. Just the name Frangipani is enough to evoke daydreams and fantasies…I can only imagine what it smells like. Gorgeous vase!!

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  9. Cathy says:

    Makes me feel warm and sultry (and not like chasing armadilloes!) – I like your description of the scent above! And glad to hear that the toilet paper situation is kind of working out and that you won’t be reduced to papyrus in the autumn!

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Florida is like another planet. There are so many species that grow there that could be grown in the milder spots of Los Angeles, but would not be happy there without the humidity. That is why there are so many different palms in Florida. I intend to grow a few plumeria here, but they must be potted and sheltered through winter, and really do not bloom as well as they do in Florida.

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    • It is another planet, though I think LA might be one as well. I think there are only 4 native palms in Florida the rest are imported. Many from Australis and the South Pacific, there is some crazy plant material from Madagascar that is in South Florida.

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Los Angeles? (I do not think you mean Louisiana.) It is pretty crazy too, but not as foreign. Although there are many things there that do not live here, much of what grows here also grows there. It does not look as foreign as Florida does. The best palms in California do well with aridity. Those that are here are also in Los Angeles, but there are a few more in Los Angeles. The tropical sort in Florida do not like the aridity here. A few of them live in San Diego. The only palm that is native to California is the desert fan palm, Washingtonia filifera. It used to do well in the Santa Clara Valley, but is not so happy there now. It really likes warm and dry summers, and dislikes humidity. It is my all time favorite palm anyway. It is so stately in the right situation.


  11. Cathy says:

    I can only imagine the fragrance as these flowers are only known to me by name and photos. But I love the sound of Frangipane as well as the look. Does it smell of almonds/marzipan? It is the word for almond cream/paste here and I love that smell!

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