In a Vase on Monday – Tropical Travails

This weekend was a bit of a trial. The coldest weather South Florida has seen in a decade blew in Friday night and lingered through Sunday morning. Freezing temperatures threatened; our normal lows are 40 degrees F. I spent the weekend covering and uncovering plants and making sure the vulnerable were hydrated. I fear the only casualty will be the watermelon vines, they wilted despite being covered.

I was quite surprised to find the pink Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) on Sunday morning. I added a few leaves from the varigated ‘Bossa Nova’ Neoregelia Bromeliad, then set off to find a few more vase ingredients from the garden.

The purple ‘flowers’ are actually seedheads from the Portea ‘Candy’ Bromeliad. These eventually turn a creamy white if left on the plant. The green foliage, baby palm fronds from a seedling Sabal Palm (Palmetto sabal) – the state tree of Florida. Grey tendrils in front of the flowers are from the edges of the palm fronds. The heavy crystal vase, a gift from my late brother.

I am ready for some normal Florida winter sunshine this week with no travails.

Happy gardening and thanks to Cathy at for hosting. Follow the link to see more vases.


21 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Tropical Travails

  1. Cathy says:

    Glad your cold spell wasn’t too bad after all, but a shame about the melons. I love the use of the palm fronds in this vase Amy. They set off the pretty pinks nicely. I was wondering what the splash of orange was, and then realised it is the inside of the ginger flower. 😃

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I read about iguanas falling out of trees down there, poor things! I wonder about the manatees, too. They are challenged, even without it being cold. Hope it warms up soon for y’all.
    Here, well, we are used to subzero temps and work around it. (minus 7 this am!) 🙂

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    • I am, fortunately too far north for iguanas, the big invasive lizards are nasty and eat the good smaller native lizards, we are hoping they went south. The manatees move into shallow, warmer residential canals en mass, it is a sight. Minus 7! Argghhh.

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  3. Annette says:

    I had to convert it into celsius first, not that bad, maybe the melons will recover? Love your tropical vase, lovely combination of foliage and flowers. Where about in Florida are you?

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  4. Noelle says:

    Certainly a pop of tropical colour there, almost needed my sunglasses.

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  5. Cathy says:

    The ‘Candy’ bromeliad seedheads are really striking, ably supported by the shell ginger and foliage. I hope you have some milder days this week

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  6. It is a pain to cover plants and move pots, but you have some nice flowers in your vase.

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Goodness! I saw that weather in the news.

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  8. Kris P says:

    As always, I love the shell ginger. I thought of you when I heard about the low temperatures hitting Florida. I’m glad you – and your garden – came through the experience relatively unscathed. The weather here has been odd too – dreary but dry with no sign whatsoever of rain on the horizon.

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  9. pbmgarden says:

    Amy, hope your plants made it through safely. I like your arrangement and the special vase you chose is lovely. It’s been cold here but more normal for us than for you in Florida. We’re heading into a warmup this week so I’m excited.

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