In a Vase on Monday – A Different Slant

It is safe to say my garden has a different slant from most. Located in what is called USDA Zone 10A in the northern part of South Florida, our average low is 40 degrees (F). I am on the northern edge of tropical, and enjoy growing plants that hail from further south. The arrangement is intentionally slanted; the idea provided by the growth of the pink flower, a Little Harv Aechmea Bromeliad.

A closer view of Little Harv.

The rest of the vase:

The vase, found by the side of the road in my neighborhood, is an old florist vase from who knows where. The white begonias are from my huge Lotusleaf Begonia (Begonia nelumbifolia); the other white flowers are from Miss Alice Bougainvillea; ferns are Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) and there is a leaf from a Split Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) on the right side that is not visible in the images.

My lunch also had a different slant today:

A Chicken, Swiss and Nasturtium flower sandwich on Foccacia. With Blue Corn Chips – the salsa didn’t make it into the picture. It was good! And very colorful.

Happy Spring and Happy Gardening, thank you to Cathy at for hosting every Monday. Follow the link to see spring in a vase from around the world.


14 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – A Different Slant

  1. A great tropical vase. We always try to stretch the zone here, but this year it did not go well.

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  2. Cathy says:

    A different slant from you could mean anything, Amy!! I enjoyed dissecting the contents of your vase to identify the different elements – as well as looking at your lunch!!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice slant on your vase this week. šŸ˜‰ I like the close up of the LH bromeliad and Bougainvillea. Will LH buds open once cut them?
    Your lunch looks yummy. šŸ™‚

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  4. I’m always impressed by the tall arrangements you manage to create from material in your garden, Amelia. My zone is now classified as 11a (!) but, without your humidity and heavier rain, we’re far from tropical and bromeliads aren’t nearly as happy here. Your lunch has made me hungry and reminded me that it’s about time for me to make mine.


  5. tonytomeo says:

    Two nasturtium flowers? That’s it?! That is little more than a garnish. I thought you made a salad or something with them, which had me concerned. (That would be a bit ‘too much’ nasturtium flavor.) (By the way, as you are likely aware, ‘too much’ and ‘nasturtium’ rarely go together in the same sentence.)
    White bougainvillea is rare nowadays, perhaps because people expect brighter colors from bougainvillea. ‘Barbara Karst’ is still my favorite, but is a bit too bright for some landscapes. There are no bougainvilleas in our landscapes because of the bright colors.

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  6. pbmgarden says:

    Nice concept to allow Little Harv to direct the vase design today. Worked out well. Lunch looks yummy.


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