In a Vase on Monday – Aspiring to Autumn

Witnessing the first day of October always makes me happy. Trepidation about hurricane strikes lessens as does the humidity. The temperature is currently 86 Fahrenheit with 48% humidity, there is a breeze coming off the Atlantic Ocean and it feels like fall. Morning walks with the greyhounds have been very pleasant.

Fall foliage color is difficult to find in South Florida, though there are about 5 Red Maples nearby that turn red. I have to make an effort to seek them out. There are also lovely brilliant red lantern shaped fruit on the Tropical Goldenraintrees that I enjoy as fall color. Other autumnal tones must be found in flowers and I searched my garden for flowers that aspire to fall colors.

A closer view:

The red flowers at the bottom of the image are Nodding Hibiscus (Hibiscus malvaviscus); tubular yellow flowers above are Yellow Elder (Tecoma stans); red and yellow daisy shaped flowers are Gallardia (Gallardia pulchella); yellow daisies are Beach Sunflowers (Helianthus debilis); orange tubular flowers are Firebush (Hamelia patens).

Another view:

The red and yellow tropical flower at the top is Parrotflower (Heliconia psittacorum “Lady Di”); this one is not quite perennial and crops up now and again. Green foliage is Asian Sword Fern, a verdant weed. The white flowers are from White Geiger tree (Cordia boissieri) – this tree flowers when it is in the mood, I am not sure what it’s season is or if it even has one.

The vase came with a flower arrangement last year, a nice, simple faux glass. I put it in the dishwasher once and feared it might melt so I took it out.

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting this weekly meme. Follow the link to see more vases – both spring and fall are often represented with vases from different hemispheres.

Happy Gardening!!


17 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Aspiring to Autumn

  1. You did find some Autumn colors. A front is coming in and our humidity should be coming down later today. It is nice to not worry about hurricanes, but as we found out last year, freezes could happen.

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    Your plants seem quite appropriate for all seasons. I love red in the autumn. Enjoy the tamer weather!

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  3. Cathy says:

    I am glad you are enjoying the onset of some autumnal weather; your vase certainly has an autumnal feel about it, as you hoped

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  4. Kris P says:

    I think your hot tropical flowers can beat out the colors of any fall foliage, Amelia. What little fall color we get won’t show up until November here in SoCal. After a very warm (hot!) stretch of weather last week, we’re expecting a slow cool down beginning today, which I’m looking forward to.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Perfectly autumnal! Your weather sounds idyllic – gotta love that low humidity!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    Red maples? How weird. I know it is not in the vase, but the mention got my attention. I happen to like red maple and other maples as street trees in the Santa Clara Valley. However, they are not happy, and very rare in the Los Angeles region. They do not get much chill through winter. Even red maple languishes there.

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