In a Vase on Monday – Fall Colors

I think it is safe to say this is an unconventional use of a rose bowl. Of course, I have no roses and think it would be way too much trouble to try and grow them. Though it is possible. I would need to replace the dirt in my garden. So, I will keep using the rose bowl for non roses.

Fall will officially arrive in about 10 days. These are typical fall flowers in South Florida with a little bit of fruit. The grapes are dreadful tasting Muscandines that are very difficult to conquer. It makes me happy when they lose their leaves and I can’t see them anymore.

A closer view, the white flowers are Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana diviricata) – these will continue to flower until the weather cools off. I enjoy using them in arrangements; this one’s fragrance is a bit weird with the Gardenia and Mystic Blue Salvia. The green leaves are from a big Coleus that is so easy to propagate I have more and more everytime I use them in a vase they root and I can’t bear to throw them away. And..they go with everything. Like a little black dress. Who knew Coleus is a gift that keeps on giving. The orange flowers are Parrot Flowers (Heliconia psittacorum ‘Choconiana’) These are new to the garden and another plant that needs to be in a certain spot. Or else it dies. I think I got this one right.

The blue flowers are Mystic Blue Salvia, this has been blooming for so long I am wondering if it will ever stop. Now that I have put that in writing it probably will. The ‘fall leaves’ are the older growth on Piecrust Croton (Codieum varigatum).

Thank you to Cathy at for hosting this garden meme. Follow the link to see more vases – maybe with some real fall color.

Happy Gardening!!!


16 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Fall Colors

  1. I like your use of the grapes, they were the first thing I noticed. I was cutting back some coleus and couldn’t resist sticking the cuttings back into the ground.

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  2. Cathy says:

    Likewise with me about the grapes – I didn’t know what they were till I read the post but I am glad you fund a use for them!! Intriguingly I would not call the colours in your vase fall/autumn colours – certainly not from a UK perspective, but of course your seasons have a mind of their own! The peach and blues certainly go well together and that coleus is certainly a useful thing to have around the place!!

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely. I like the parrot flower and the tropical gardenia, in particular. Your use of grapes set me off looking for the name of the “other” grape I grew up with–scuppernong. Didn’t know it but “Botanically speaking, they’re a variety of muscadine grape that goes by the scientific name Vitis rotundifolia ‘Scuppernong.'” My older relatives all loved all these grapes while we kids loved the store-bought seedless ones that came in bunches like in still-life paintings.

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    • Thanks, Susie. My grandparents grew and loved Scuppernongs, I bet they were really good but I also liked the seedless grapes. There was too much to spit out with those grapes.I think there are some seedless Scuppernongs around nowadays. Someone north of Atlanta was making Scuppernong wine, it was a bit much for me…

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  4. Kris P says:

    I immediately focused on the grapes, which are a unique and wonderful addition to your arrangement. I always fall for those tropical gardenias but as there isn’t even a listing for the genus in my western garden guide, I expect they wouldn’t grow here. I’ve been planting more coleus this year – it’s surprised me with just how little water it can survive on.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I like the new apricot Parrot Flowers. They look great with the blue Salvia and bright green coleus. The green grapes add a nice autumnal feel to the arrangement. I can’t believe that fall is so near!

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  6. Cathy says:

    The leaf at the back really caught my attention at first, but there are so many other pretty elements in your vase today. And with the grapes looking like berries it is seasonal too. Lovely!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Dreadful tasting muscadines? Gee, I would like to grow muscadines, just because they are such a familiar native fruit within their native range. I got seed last year, but they did not germinate. It is just as well, since the garden is not ready for them anyway. I will eventually grow them!


  8. What a stunning arrangement!


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