In a Vase on Monday – Bossa Nova Wrap

I am still cutting Forget Me Nots and Nigella, and enjoying both plants and flowers. May tends to be hot and dry in South Florida, so I will continue to have blue vases as long as possible. This vase reminds me of one I would see from the UK in summer – the one ingredient that would be missing, the Bossa Nova Bromeliad leaf wrap.

Here is the Bossa Nova, a Neoregelia Bromeliad. These are grown primarily for foliage and this one lives in an unirrigated container by my mailbox with a few Bromeliad friends.

The rest of the vase.

Chartreuse and pink flowers are Zinnias, Envy and Pink Cactus. These are my second batch of seedlings, these are 6 or 8 weeks old. Blue and white Nigella were grown as winter annuals and for cutting. I have found they don’t last very long in a vase. The foliage and seedheads alone are worthwhile in a vase, flowers a short lived bonus.

There are a few stems of white Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); some Asian Sword Ferns and the background is Chinese Forget Me Nots (Cynoglossum amiable) – these do last a long time in a vase.

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting..follow the link to see vases from the UK and check out the differences! No Bossa Nova for sure.

Happy Gardening!!!


13 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Bossa Nova Wrap

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Nice use of Bossa Nova. You’ve become quite a pro with those zinnias. I just got a few cactus zinnia seeds planted on Friday.

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  2. Love those blues. I definitely need to try the Chinese Forget Me Not.

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  3. Cathy says:

    You’re right, it could be English! In my climate the Nigella and Zinnias need a bit longer though. It is nice seeing these combinations of flowers that might not flower together here. Love the fern leaves and the seedhead. 😉


  4. Kris P says:

    I’m glad to see that you still have the forget-me-nots going strong, Amelia. Mine (Anchusa azurea) haven’t impressed me yet. I did finally sow some zinnia seeds, though! They’ve germinated but don’t yet have true leaves. Summer is definitely on its way here!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    This does look like a vase from a more northern garden. Lovely blues!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    What is with the leaf wrap? Is it a regional tradition? I noticed that it has become more popular over the years. I do not believe that I ever saw it twenty years ago. Brent thought that ‘Bossa Nova’ was a hot rod Chevrolet.

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  7. Donna Donabella says:

    Some of my favorite flowers that I am just starting from seed. Lovely!


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