In a Vase on Monday – Muhly Belles

My garden is in seasonal transition, there are a few flowers, some fruit and buds for the winter flowers – all in all, not a lot of flowers. I enjoy these respites and have cut a lot of the summer performers back as they tend to get buggy as they age. The dragonflies showed up in droves this week and hopefully ate all the mealybugs on the Salvias, portending a new batch of salvia flowers for the winter. Most of the flowers I cut seemed to be bell shaped – and I added some Muhly because, well, everyone loves the Muhly Grass.

Some closer views:

The red belles are Firecracker Plant (Russelia equiseteum); yellow belles are from Esperanza (Tecoma stans); and the orange, admittedly less bell like are from Firebush (Hamelia patens); my perennial favorite for its flowers, ease of culture and butterfly nectar.

The yellow belles are from Tecoma stans, this is also another common name for them. They have several. The background ephemeral wispies are from Muhly Grass (Muhlebergia capallaris). This seems to be everyone’s favorite this time of year. I am guilty of this, currently loving them in the garden and waiting for their full pink floaty goodness. I may need to stop cutting the wispies.

That is the vase for this Monday from South Florida. Happy Gardening and Happy Fall Y’all. I will be in the garden admiring the Muhly Grass. For more vases from worldwide gardens, visit our intrepid hostess, Cathy at


15 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Muhly Belles

  1. Flowers are winding down here also. Your Yellow Bells look great. Mine have given up.

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    Nice combinations. The Muhly Grass is a star.

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  3. Cathy says:

    What helpful dragonflies! The muhly (not fully hardy here) sets off the blooms wonderfully, and I love the way you have selected the complementary colours, especially the Firebush

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  4. Cathy says:

    Oh, I think my comment got zapped in cyberspace… So once again: Love the Florida vase today, especially that Firecracker flower trailing down the side of the vase. 😃 And of course I love the grasses too.

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  5. Kris P says:

    I do indeed love that muhly grass! It gives energy to every arrangement. Eating mealy bugs is yet another reason to wish there were more dragonflies here.I need to find a spot for Tecoma stans – it’s a flashy bloomer.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Exploding fireworks! (or should that be flower-works? 😉 )
    Beautiful arrangement this week, Amy!

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Esperanza looks like nasturtium with stems! Goodness! I feel so badly for not growing the seed that you sent!


  8. Noelle M says:

    A superb combination of rich colours. Have a good week.


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