In a Vase on Monday – Fun Fiddly Foraging

Despite having participated in IAVOM for several years, I finally started growing flowers for cutting last fall. Zinnias, and just planted another batch. My current challenge is foraging something in bloom to cut in my admittedly funky South Florida garden. Usually followed by fiddling.

This Monday’s ‘vase’ was fiddlier than usual. A big, antique copper teapot has been repurposed into a vase. This teapot has holes in the bottom and a repair can be seen on the front. A salsa jar was placed inside to hold the water. I had a difficult time getting the scale of the arrangement to suit me; rearranging the dill flowers and inhaling the scent so much that I decided to make something with dill for dinner.

The flowers:

The orange flowers in the front are Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera); deep blue spikes are Mystic Blue Salvia; white daisies are Bidens alba; crinkly white flowers are from the White Geiger tree (Cordia boisseriei); the dill flowers are leaning out of the picture; varigated foliage in back is Varigated Flax Lily (Dianella tasmanica); peachy spikes with seedheads are from Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) – not being red.

A better dill flower image and the grey succulent tucked into the front is a Graptosedum..which will probably root in the salsa jar.

Dinner forage:

On my dinner forage I collected enough fresh herbs (dill, parsley and basil) and tomatoes to make tomato and sausage pasta with roasted garlic pesto.

To see more vases (probably foraged) visit Cathy at

Happy Gardening!!


26 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Fun Fiddly Foraging

  1. Your vase is very creative. Does the dill smell strong inside your house? Dinner sounds really good.

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    • Thank you. The arrangement is in a small foyer, maybe 6×8 and it smells like a pickle factory. I have been reading (and bought!) Jessica Seinfelds vegan cookbook. The recipe was from that. Hubs had a stent and fat is verboten, almost.

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  2. Kris P says:

    Somehow, I always seem to read your posts right around lunchtime – your pasta description has my stomach demanding satisfaction! I love the blue and orange in your arrangement and I was pleased to see the succulent rosette tucked in there too.

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  3. Cathy says:

    The copper teapot is brilliant as a vase and sets off the colours of the blooms and foliage wonderfully, particularly the blue and orange. A great result! And a nice dinner as a reward for your efforts…! 😉

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  4. pbmgarden says:

    This is delightful. I love how the orange anchors everything to the copper teapot, which is a great choice for the vase.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Fun forage and dinner sounds great! I really like that old kettle and the ‘wild’ look of the arrangement suits it well. Do you think winter here will kill any Biden seeds that self-sow? Zinnia seeds don’t overwinter here, so they probably wouldn’t either, I’m guessing.

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  6. Cathy says:

    It’s a wonderful creation Amy, and was definitely worth all the fiddling. I think the flax lily foliage really defines the shape, and the contrast of orange against the (enviable) copper teapot is ideal. 😃 I love dill, but the roasted garlic pesto sounds even more delicious! (We eat garlic almost daily. 😉)

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  7. Donna Donabella says:

    Love the mix of foliage and flowers especially the dill!

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Graptosedum roots in water? I just plug it into the soil directly, but it sometimes rots if it gets too wet through winter.

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  9. Karen says:

    A flower arrangement as well as dinner, you can’t beat that.

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