In a Vase on Monday – Solstice Solace

I decided not to do a vase after a rough weekend, emergency room visit at 2 am, etc. We had rain showers overnight, this Monday morning the sky is clear blue, sunshiny and warm. Some December mornings I really love South Florida.

I took a cup of coffee into my garden, met a lovely friendly cat (I put her outside the greyhound fence, though the dogs were fascinated) then noticed I should cut the Zinnias or they would stop flowering. A stroll through the tropical garden revealed the Tropical Hydrangeas had just started to flower.. a vase was calling and I answered.

Here is a closer view:

The pink flowers and green bud are Tropical Hydrangeas (Dombeya wallachii); Zinnias are Zinderella, grown from seed started in August; white flowers are Sweet Begonia (Begonia odorata ‘alba’); a few bits of Asian Sword Fern in back. The vase is a well loved thrift store find.

I wrote an article about Tropical Hydrangeas for The American Gardener, published in November. Here is a link if you would like to read more about Dombeyas. People like to call them Pink Ball Trees, I prefer Dombeyas!

Thanks to Cathy, at for hosting and Happy Holidays!! To see more vases visit Cathy’s blog..


24 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Solstice Solace

  1. This is gorgeous. Question, do you always use florist foam?

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  2. Beautiful flowers, wishing you a Merry Christmas

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  3. A very pretty Southern vase. I hope all is better.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the pink Dombeya blooms, which give the whole a nice, soft look. I love pink and green together. Hope all is well with you and yours. I guess you needed a little garden therapy today and the result is lovely.

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  5. Cathy says:

    Your vase came together beautifully… such a lovely shape and pretty colours. I hope all is well Amy. Best wishes for a Happy Christmas!

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Glad your husband is back home. Wishing you safe, healthy holidays and new year. Beautiful arrangement.

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    • Thank you and Happy Holidays to you, Susie. I am digging out of the hospital drama here. Thought of you today as there is a gigantic, audacious rabbit living in my front yard (driving the dogs crazy) and my rabbit fence is working!!


  7. tonytomeo says:

    Dombeya sounds like what it looks like. It sure is weird.

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  8. Chloris says:

    I love your Solstice vase. I adore your dombeyas. I am going to try them again in the greenhouse next year. Happy Christmas Amy

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