In a Vase on Monday – Roadsidia in Red

A gardening friend collects plants from the side of the road and transplants them into his garden; referring to these plants as his roadsidia – and has a beautiful garden. The roadsidia element in this arrangement is the vase, found on the curb with the trash while walking the dog. It reminds me of a bottle that would contain a genie..I hope one is in there and he or she will clean my house!

A closer view:

The bigger red flower is a Lobsterclaw Heliconia (Heliconia rostrata) – it doesn’t get much more tropical than this. The varigated leaf is from ‘Java White’ Copperleaf (Acalphya wilkesiana ‘Java White’); smaller red flower is Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis).

Pale yellow flowers are from the Java White Copperleaf, red spike flowers are Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); the arching green leaves are foliage from the Lobsterclaw Heliconia; pale green stems are Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Firesticks’)

I spied the first Monarch butterfly in my garden today; visiting the Firebush for a sip of nectar and wanted to share a link to some good news about this butterfly at long last.

Thank you to Cathy at for hosting IAVOM; follow the link to see more vases.

Happy Gardening!!


22 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Roadsidia in Red

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Very stylish – great use of the vertical elements. Don’t you just love finding abandoned treasure? My spouse keeps me away from the free table at the transfer station because inevitably I find something I want to take home with me, needed or not!
    Yes, cautious optimism about the monarchs. A few more good years and we might regain the lost numbers. The biggest key is the overwintering sites, reforesting the mountains in Mexico and providing economic incentives to the locals there. Here, we can plant more milkweed. My patch is so huge, bordering invasive! Hope to get some tenants soon. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I was trying to figure out what a roadsidia was. There must be really great flowers growing along the road in Florida.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. pbmgarden says:

    The red vase was a great find. I love it with the large Lobsterclaw Heliconia leaves and just enough other color and texture for interest. Good job spotting the monarch. Haven’t seen one so far but starting to see a few others.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cathy says:

    That is a glorious vase and all the better for its origins – and you have done t justice with the contents, giving such an overall elegant effect…lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kris P says:

    That’s spectacular, Amelia! How tall is the arrangement? It looks huge. I SO wish I could grow Heliconia but I’m sure it needs plentiful moisture.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Kris. Almost three feet tall. I have a hard time keeping enough water on the Heliconia, these are sited below my gutterless roof and heavily composted. I think H. psittacorum are easier to grow.


  6. Karen says:

    Love the Heliconia, I wish I had room in my garden for one. Your tall arrangement is really a nice combination.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Cathy says:

    Ooh, that is stunning! I really love the shape of the vase and the tall leaves you have used. The former owner would want the vase back if they saw this arrangement! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Horticat says:

    That’s a very striking arrangement, shrubqueen. It’s so architectural with the large leaves and heliconia – and your free vase is a great find. I too, wish I could find a genie to clean my house (so I can spend more time in the garden, of course ;))

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Donna Donabella says:

    Such a fabulous tropical vase. Made even more elegant by that vase. We had our first monarch visiting too as the milkweed is taller.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. tonytomeo says:

    So, you have experience with ‘roadies’ also. (What if Rhody and I retrieved a rhododendron from the side of the road with Carson, the Roadmaster? Rhody’s Roady’s rhody roady?) Anyway, it is a great tradition. Brent referred to my collection of ‘borrowed’ plants as my felony garden.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s