In a Vase on Monday – Jarred Summer

While collecting flowers for my vase on Sunday, a thought passed through my mind. This is like a jar of summer from my garden. Most of these plants flower all summer and are hot colors. I added the cut flowers to an old pasta container – viola, jarred summer.

Summer can be a bit jarring to those not used to the tropical heat South Florida produces. I have heard it described as a hot, wet blanket that surrounds and then stuns you on the way out of the airport. This is accurate.

I am from the Deep South and thought I knew hot weather. South Florida is a different kind of hot. The first time my husband and I came down (inadvertently) it was the peak of hurricane season and the heat. All I could think was that my hair is hot. Blessed with thick hair, it is still hot – though, I am ready for it and fortunately; it is lighter in color – grey!

In this climate, lighter is better. I started life as a brunette; the grey is cooler, my real color now, though the flower is fake. I learned from this it is difficult to take a picture of your own hair. An old friend from college (a guy) and I have been sending hair pics back and forth. His is longer…

I digress, here is a closer view of the vase:

I love all the high colors, especially in the harsh light of summer in South Florida. Pink just doesn’t stand up to the tropical rays. The yellow daisies at the base are Beach Sunflowers (Helianthus debilis); yellow spikes are Thyrallis (Galphimia glauca) a new and long lasting favorite cut flower. Purple flowers are another new favorite, Mona Lavender Plectranthus, though I question the wisdom of whoever named this plant. Beautiful foliage and flowers and thriving in icky heat – I think it needs a more attractive name. Orange tube flowers are from Firebush (Hamelia patens); lighter orange and sage green flowers are from Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria). Red spike flowers are Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea). Blurry white spikes in back are Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata) for fragrance. A few sprigs of varigated foliage (Dianella spp) set off the flowers.

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Happy Gardening.


18 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Jarred Summer

  1. We have officially hit our 90/90 days starting with 90% humidity with temps rising to 90 degrees. If you can believe it, Floridians claim the heat and humidity is worst here.

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  2. Noelle M says:

    I’ll leave the boasting about hot weather to you lot over the water, but we are used to a more temperate climate, but we had a day last week, when we had to go to sit in the shade, as the sun was so hot, even though the temps were 20 C. Your Summer in the Vase certainly reflects your temps very well.


  3. krispeterson100 says:

    You’re right that stronger light demands more saturated colors like these. I used to shy away from bright yellows, oranges and especially red but I’ve embraced them with my current garden. Much as I envy your higher rainfall, I’m glad that SoCal’s heat of the dry type. Right now, our humidity is on the high end (93%!) due to a heavy morning marine layer but, as that keeps the temperature down (currently below 60F), I don’t mind even though it makes my hair go stick straight.

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  4. I love the flamboyant Florida summer colours! Hot pinks and zingy yellows – your vase is like a fruit cocktail 🍹

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Splashy, warm colors make me happy – the joy of summer time, esp. up here where half the year isn’t so pleasant. 😉

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  6. I will forever pause before complaining about the heat and humidity experienced here in Canada! Although everything is relative, right? I love the colours in your vase, I really love the first photo (technically and artistically) and this post made me laugh. Thank you!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Sometimes, I wonder why some people settled where they did a long time ago, before air conditions was so common. Old pictures show people wearing all those pretty, but bulky clothes! Ick! It must have been stifling! I think that if it was necessary to wear such clothing, I would want to live in cooler climates.

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  8. Cathy says:

    Well, heat and humidity are two things I am not keen on, so I don’t think I will be visiting Florida in summer! Shame as you have such lovely flowers… really pretty Plectranthus, lovely sunflowers, and all the tropical pinky reds and oranges are gorgeous. Someone above wrote it reminded them of a fruit cocktail, but to me it is fruit salad! 😉


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