In a Vase on Monday – Sticks japonica

This week I decided to try creating a spare design with a Japanese feel. I also wanted to use some grapevine. I thought the brown pottery vase would give the arrangement some weight and tie the brown grapevine together with the limited plant palette. Limited may be an understatement. This arrangement has two plants!

The flowers and foliage are from the Mexican Bush Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera). This shrub does well and lives next to my neighbor’s fence. It benefits from light pruning so cutting the flowers is good for me and the plant. The grapevine is from our native Muscadine – Vitis rotundafolia. There are numerous types of grapes produced by this prolific vine. The fruit on this one is small, bitter and has huge seeds. My neighbors, native Floridians, eat it. It is one of those things you have to grow up on, I guess. I leave it for the animals and am trying to get rid of a lot of it as it climbs everything.

Happy Gardening and Sayonara!

To see Monday vases, with more flowers, visit Cathy at


14 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Sticks japonica

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Konnichiwa (こんにちは)!


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Great design and I love that vase. The honeysuckle’s orange flowers are beautiful. Muscadine grapes are highly touted but I agree with your description (although I think ours were large).

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  3. Noelle M says:

    Aren’t those little twirly bits on the wine winsome. The arrangement is at the same time vibrant, but yet calming.

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  4. Cathy says:

    I love that vase too – so tactile! And I love the simplicity of your arrangement – and those ‘twiddly bits’!!

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  5. Kris P says:

    Very artistic, Amelia! I’m not sure I’m capable of such artistry but I admire it.

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  6. Cathy says:

    You have created a lovely effect with that pottery vase as base. Like Kris said, very artistic. I also admire both your restraint and your patience. 😉 Even if I did manage to keep a Monday arrangement to just two ingredients I would be still be fiddling with it on Friday! LOL!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Ah, dago wisteria!


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