In a Vase on Monday – Warm Fuzzies

My garden gives me warm and fuzzy feelings most days. I enjoy watching plants grow and flower. The humidity in the garden this weekend was really warm and produced a nearly visible fuzz in the air. I started pruning a Bougainvillea Sunday morning and soon was enveloped by a steaming column of moisture from the ground. I didn’t quite finish the Boug. The good news? I will feel much less warm and probably less fuzzy after the fall equinox !! A little more than two weeks away. Relief is in sight.

What makes this arrangment evoke warm and fuzzy emotional happiness?. I am not sure. The deep pink Chenille flowers are tactile and soft to the touch. The fragrance from the white flowers add soothing sweetness to the air. The chartreuse dreadlocks inspired the vase.

Not sure anyone has ever use the terms chartreuse and dreadlocks in the same sentence. Especially when referring to plant material and not hair.

Closer views:

The fuzzies; in deep pink, Dwarf Cheniile Plant (Acalypha pendula). I have these in pots, they are sold as groundcover in South Florida. Not so much, they die back in winter and take until nearly the next winter to flower and look decent. These are in a container on my front porch, I would not try using them as groundcover.

The container, there was nothing spilling over the side until June due to sheer laziness on my part. I was surprised and happy to see the Dwarf Chenille reappear:

I trimmed the big ones that were pink and used them in the vase – then realized the brown ones needed to come off as well. Watching to see the results of the pruning. The bigger plant is Mednillia cummingi. A funky orchid that has not flowered yet.

Another view:

The other side:

In white with yellow centers; Bridal Bouquet Frangipani (Plumeria pudica); in white draping over the edge; Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana diviricata); chartreuse dreadlocks and varigated foliage are from Java White Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana ‘Java White’) Ferns are a local weed, Asian Sword Ferns. The blue vase, a gift form my brother’s family years ago that I have enjoyed.

Thanks to Cathy at http://www.ramblinginthegarden.wordpress.com for hosting. Follow the link to see more Monday vases.

Happy Gardening!!

16 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Warm Fuzzies

  1. I did not realize that about the Chenille plant. It if dies back in Florida, it will here. We are feeling the fuzzies here too and it is hard to get a photo when the camera is covered in humidity.

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  2. Cathy says:

    Can’t imagine what it must have felt like to be enveloped by a steaming column of moisture – but I can imagine how warm and fuzzy the chenille flowers are! It looks such a pretty plant. Your garden is even more different from ours just now, increasingly just green, although there is still a lot of colour in the cutting beds. I love the rounded shape of your arrangement today

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  3. Kris P says:

    I’m a little in love with your chartreuse dreadlocks! Chenille plants, which are generally found only in greenhouses here, are the very definition of warm and fuzzy in my view. I’m growing a Medinilla (different species) in a pot here too but haven’t seen flowers yet either; however, I’m rejoicing in the fact that it hasn’t died 😉

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Very nice and well balanced, Amy. For some reason, it has me thinking of fancy lady’s church hat or maybe a cabaret singer like Carmen Miranda. 🙂

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  5. Noelle M says:

    Again another charming arrangement with attractive downward movement. Have a good week.

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    Chartreuse dreadlocks look like walnut flowers. Was Java White copperleaf foliage featured recently?

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  7. Cathy says:

    The pink fluffy stuff reminds me of pipe cleaners which we used for crafts when I was a child! I seem to remember a whole array of colours available. Warm and fuzzy is an apt title. The white flowers freshen it up though, and the ‘dreadlocks’ draped over the edges make a lovely shape. Hope that humidity fades soon!

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