In a Vase on Monday – Embracing Envy

We are not talking about the seven deadly sins today. I am embracing the Green Envy Zinnia. I usually use these as a side dish instead of the main course in arrangements. Today, they are the pot roast! My husband opined this is a muted arrangement from me. Pot roast is kind of a muted color..

I have had these flowering in my garden since November. Not the same plants, this is the second batch grown from seed. I am hoping to be able to grow Zinnias year round for cutting. I am getting longer stemmed flowers now and will be interested to see how long these plants last in the blast furnace South Florida summer.

A closer view:

The Green Envy Zinnia gets its close up.

The sides:

Foliage friends – in purple, ‘Purple Prince’ Alternanthera; ferns are Asian Sword Ferns. For fragrance, I added – in blue, ‘Blue Lagoon’ Rosemary, also good in pot roast; in white, Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata).

The vase is a mason jar, meant for canning. This post is making me hungry.

Thanks to Cathy at for hosting – follow the link to find more vases.

Happy Gardening!!


19 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Embracing Envy

  1. Your Zinnias are really doing well. I got a couple to come up. I will never forget my kindergarten teacher telling me that there were no green flowers, after putting green flowers in my drawing. I have spent my life proving her wrong.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I really like the muted tones, contrast of purple and green, and it highlights the textures. Nice!

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  3. Cathy says:

    THis is a great title, Amelia, for a great vase, and the analogies add another dimension! I am a tad envious f your zinnias though, as I have lost most of my young plants to something unknown – must Google to see what might have happened. I have sown more, but it will take a while for them to catch up – you must be more than thrilled with yours. I like the look of the ‘Sweet Almond Bush’ and wonder if something like this is grown in the UK. Thanks for sharing, as always

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    • Thank you, Cathy. I am wondering if the Zinnias just really like the Florida heat? The Sweet Almond will grow much further north and takes frost, they are deciduous there but mine is evergreen – it is a big, sweetly scented shrub I planted for butterflies. I think these are relatively new on the market here – I was not familiar with them until a couple of years ago and found out about them from butterfly gardening people.


  4. pbmgarden says:

    This is just perfection. I love the color palette Amy. I used to have dozens and dozens of zinnias each summer but only a handful of seedlings have made it so far. Green envy didn’t do well for me but I admire it immensely.

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    • Thank you, Susie. I have better luck starting them in seed starting mix. It is impossible to start them in the ground here. I bought the Green Envy seed from someone on Etsy. I wonder if that is the difference…these have done well and I have not tried them before. Some of the other named packets I have not had good luck with.


  5. Kris P says:

    ‘Green Envy’ looks magnificent against the dark Alternanthera foliage! Regrettably, all my Alternanthera promptly died back in response to last year’s dry conditions so I didn’t even bother planting it this year.

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  6. Horticat says:

    Gorgeous colour palette – so fresh and tangy- and rather hilarious commentary…he he he

    I’ve never grown green zinnias before but am going to try them after seeing your bunch 🙂

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  7. susurrus says:

    Beautiful colours and lovely movement too.

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  8. Donna Donabella says:

    I love the effect of the green against the purple Alternanthera foliage. And that!

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  9. Cathy says:

    The zinnia is a real winner Amy. I am hoping some of the red and green lime ones I planted survive a slug invasion! It’s a change to see a vase from your garden with no ‘tropical’ hues in it, but a very nice change. 😃 I especially like the white sweet almond spikes.

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, that is . . . well, green. I like the sweet almond bush though! I am not so keen on Zinnia because they do not perform well for us here. I know they are prettier elsewhere, although I am not so keen on green flowers either. That one was trendy a long time ago. I do not believe that it appears in the mixed Zinnia that get planted here.


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