In a Vase on Monday – Striking

Heliconias are very striking plants. The fiery colors of the flowers inspired me to create this vase. The container is a antique French match holder. I envision lovely, fashionable people sitting in a cafe by the Seine in Paris using the ribbed surface to strike matches and light hand rolled cigarettes.

Do people still roll their own cigarettes? I have no clue. One whiff of smoke and I am history. Gone to find clean air.

The vase is designed to hold long wood matches. I added a bit of floral foam in the base. The foam would not hold the heavy Heliconias up so I wound some Bromeliad foliage around the inside of the neck to hold the flowers in place. Perhaps the first Bromeliad foliage shim ever…?

A closer view:

The orange “flames” are Parrotflowers (Heliconia psittacorum ‘Choconiana’); red “flames”, another Parrotflower (H. psittacorum ‘Lady Di’); red hot foliage is Piecrust Croton (Codieum varigatum ‘Piecrust’); white “smoke” (also supplying fragrance) Sweet Almond (Aloysia virgata).

Hoping this is the last hot blast of summer. Happy Gardening!!

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting In a Vase on Monday. To see more vases follow the link.


20 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Striking

  1. Wow – this is one of the most striking containers I’ve seen – a blue ribbon at the County Fair for sure! The flowers are beautiful and just scream Tropical! It’s perfect for Florida and would be the envy of many northern florists!

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  2. Cathy says:

    A great title, and a lovely prop. I so rarely smell cigarette smoke these days that when I do I get all nostalgic! šŸ˜‰ The whisps of ‘smoke’ are perfect.

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  3. Beautiful flowers and an original container. Lucky you having some heat, its cold here and its supposed to be Summer.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Clever theme this week, Amy. The heliconia are fiery and quite striking!

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  5. That container is so interesting. I have never seen one. I was wondering what was used for the wrap.

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    • The container has been around our house for decades, someone gave it to my husband as a Christmas gift years ago and he did not know what it was. It took some eBay sleuthing to figure it out. They sell a lot of knockoffs on Etsy that are cute.

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  6. Cathy says:

    Your vases are ALWAYS striking, Amy!! This one is certainly no exception and I love the solidness of each of the separate parts – nothing airy-fairy about any of them

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  7. swesely says:

    Look – a fountain of flowers! Love the progression of colors.

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  8. swesely says:

    I love the progression of colors and textures. It looks like a fountain!


  9. Kris P says:

    A bromeliad shim is definitely something new! I adore the parrotflowers – their color, their height and their form is perfect.

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Heliconias are SO rad! I should have appreciated them more when I used to go to Southern California more often. As I mentioned earlier, there is one here, but I have no idea what to expect from it. I should bring some back from Southern California later. Some are sensitive to even mild frost though. That has always been a deterrent. However, frost is not so bad here. I know that many of the plants that I had not brought back in the past are likely to be happy here.


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