In a Vase on Monday – Hallelujah Rocks

The cold outside finally went away from here, it left us with a stormy, humid 84 degree Sunday. The warmth and rain are a welcome relief from an unusual spate of cold, dry weather – the humidity a reminder of why summer should be spent elsewhere.

I noted my Hallelujah Billbergia Bromeliad was flowering on Saturday and cut it for today’s vase. There are very few plants I am aware of with red, white, blue and yellow flowers and purple and green spotted foliage. Even the stem of the flower is different – red all the way through. In my opinion, these flowers rock and I included a crystal as a prop. I think it is a hematite with white quartz crystals, but can’t quite remember.

The Hallelujah Bromeliad:

The rock:

A closer view:

The vase is an old pasta container that lost its cork lid. I added the raffia to pick up the off white colors in the arrangement. Purple foliage is from Purple Queen (Transcandentia pallida), a volunteer in my garden. The ferny plants are another volunteer, Asparagus Fern. The striped leaf in back is from another Bromeliad I bought at the local Botanical Garden – labeled as “some sort of Neoregelia.” This Neoregelia turned out to be bigger than I thought, about two feet across – amazingly, I planted it in a good spot.

Happy Monday and Happy Gardening, I hope everyone finds something that rocks in their garden.

Thanks to Cathy at http://www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com for hosting IAVOM. Visit her blog to see more Monday vases from gardens around the world.

21 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Hallelujah Rocks

  1. Those are such cool flowers with interesting color combos. Great win last night.

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  2. Cathy says:

    Lovely colours. That purple is great!

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  3. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous Amy. I have a bromeliad like that but no blooms yet. I never thought of cutting them for an arrangement but I love the effect. Love that rock.

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    • Thanks, Liz. I cut these because they are so interesting and I would have to lie down in the garden to see them…I have a number of plants but they flower one at the time, no idea why. Bromeliads are still a mystery to me. A bit like yeast bread.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Great title, Amy, and I was pleased that your post did actually include a ‘rock’ – I am afraid I went on to stuf=dy that rather than your arrangement, sorry! I can’t really tell from the picture but I am wondering if it is actually smoky quartz? Now, back to your blooms – the purple in them really stand out, and the overall colour really does just rock! It’s so vibrant – love it (and the crystal too!)!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I think a bit of your dad’s love of rocks has fallen to you as well. That’s a beauty, for sure. The rock rocks and so does your arrangement! 🙂

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  6. Cathy says:

    As you say – what a mad flower! Lovely to enjoy it on my screen if not in real life. Interesting that Chloris says above she has planted a bromeliad in chilly England.

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  7. Noelle M says:

    This is such a dramatic arrangement, and I feel the raffia really adds a softening accent.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Wow, that billbergia is pretty sharp. I miss my old queen’s tears, but the colors were not so classy anyway.

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