In a Vase on Monday – In a Pickle

I thought “in a pickle” was American slang. The Dutch started it using “in de pekel zitten” to describe an uncomfortable situation, this translates to “sit in the pickle brine” Seems that would be a stinging experience. Easter Sunday morning found me in the garden thinking “there are no flowers to cut for a Monday vase” – I thought I was in a pickle..Not so much, this rarely proves true, though sometimes I have to look harder to come up with an arrangement. Oddly, there was an abandoned pickle jar in the garden near my Raspberry Blanchetiana Bromeliads. Being “in a pickle” passed through my mind until inspiration hit via the pickle jar. There are also some salsa jars out there I need to get rid of…

The pickle jar is wrapped with a leaf and tied with jute twine. I left the twine trailing given the casual feel of, well, a covered pickle jar. A closer view of the flowers.

The leaf wrapping the jar is from a Raspberry Blanchetiana Bromeliad. This is a mahogany and greenish red leaf plant with large (4 feet long) red and yellow flowers. The flowers start in November and are looking ragged now. They are as tall as I am when I cut them back to the ground.There are orange and lemon Blanchetiana with the appropriately colored foliage to go with the flowers. I have used the other colors to wrap vases.

The flowers:

In blue, Mystic Spires Salvia; I am enjoying these so much I am hoping they last the summer. The white daisies are Spanish Needles, an annoying native, botanical name, Bidens alba. Orange daisies are from Mexican Flame Vine (Pseudogynoxys chenpodoides); orange tubular flowers from the native Firebush (Hamelia patens var patens); Yellow daisies are Beach Sunflower (Helianthus debilis) and a white Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) is in the back. Two red and yellow native Gallardia round out the front of my pickle jar.

I am glad I did not find myself in the Dutch version of the pickle this Monday.

Happy Gardening, and thanks to Cathy at for hosting IAVOM. Follow the link to see more spring fun in a vase..


20 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – In a Pickle

  1. Cathy says:

    I know you usually have tropical-looking vases, but today’s could almost be a UK high summer vase, as many of the contents or similar flowers can be found in the UK. No four foot tall bromeliads though!! The salvia looks most striking and is a great contrast with the more fiery colours. Thanks for sharing, as always

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful! Your arrangement looks very summery as if you’re already starting on that salsa theme.

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  3. I love your leaf wrapping of containers. You certainly have more flowers than me. It is funny where sayings come from and get all mixed into our daily language. I have some odd PA Dutch words that I had drop when I moved.

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  4. Kris P says:

    I always admire your beautifully adorned bottle vases! Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ is one of my favorite plants. While it doesn’t bloom year-round, the plant is a perennial here – I’ve had some of them for years and the flowers reliably return in spring and summer. I hope you have the same kind of luck.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Not bad for someone who thought, “there are no flowers to cut for a Monday vase” 🙂

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  6. Chloris says:

    What a stylish vase you have made out of your pickle jar. And a lovely summery arrangment. I grew that gorgeous Mexican Flame creeper once but in those days it was called Senecio confusa. But whatever its name, I couldn’t get it through the winter, even under cover.

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  7. Cathy says:

    Covering a jar with leaves is such a great idea… you could actually disguise any container you want… (You have got me thinking now!) I think that white salvia is absolutely gorgeous. The blue is nice too, but white is so dramatic somehow. 😃

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Is that a bromelliad leaf around the jar?


  9. CarolCooks2 says:

    Great idea to wrap the jar with a leaf it looks very cool…” In a pickle ” is also an English slang term my mother was always saying it to me as a child…:)

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