In a Vase on Monday – Tutti Frutti

The colors in my vase this Monday reminded me of my mother’s favorite ice cream, Tutti Frutti. I suspect she just liked saying the word while ordering. The ice cream was an unidentifiable, overly sweet fruit flavor in shades of pink, green and orange..lime, strawberry and orange, maybe? I am a confirmed chocoholic so it was not my thing.

The vase is also from my mother, a relic from her travels in the Southwestern US. The pineapple I found in my garden while cutting the Gardenias. It is small enough to fit in my pocket, though I found out the hard way that it was not a terribly good idea. Stabbed, yes. The pineapple is not quite ripe. I don’t think I am going to eat it as something took a bite out of the bottom. It is really cute, about 3 inches long, grown from a pineapple top from the grocery store. Vigilance is required to beat the animals to the fruit in the garden. Sigh.

A closer view:

The pineapple, on its good side. The flowers are: in peach, pink and green, Apricot Profusion, Cactus and Envy Zinnias; the pink flower is the same Dahlia from last week, identified as Purple Gem; white flowers are from Tropical Gardenia (Tabernaemontana diviricata). A few stems of Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea) are in the back.

This vase has a delicious fragrance. A combination of pineapple, gardenia with a bit of sage and dahlia thrown in. I did not realize dahlias were fragrant. Another reason to grow them.

Visit Cathy at to see other vases.

Here’s to cooler weather and gentle rains, Happy Gardening!!


21 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Tutti Frutti

  1. Lovely Queen. Pineapple in your pocket?


  2. A great name for your post and that pineapple is too cute.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Darling mini-pineapple and Tutti-frutti is a perfect title!


  4. Cathy says:

    Tutti frutti like Susie’s vase was – a nice cooling fruit salad would go down well here at the moment! What a perfect (we can’t see the bitten bit!) little pineapple – so cute! Love seeing your green zinnias… Thanks for sharing

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  5. Kris P says:

    Tutti frutti ice cream may be questionable but your arrangement is splendid, Amelia! The dahlia is very pretty. I love the tiny pineapple too. I should try planting the top of a pineapple here, although bromeliads don’t do nearly as well here as they do in your climate.

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  6. Totally beautiful! Way to go!

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    Beautiful flowers! Your zinnias and dahlias are doing great this summer. I kinda love that you can discover a pineapple in your garden while cutting gardenias!

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  8. Horticat says:

    Tutti fruitti is the perfect name for your arrangement this week Amelia – although I much prefer your beautiful bunch to the iced cream version! We have slightly sour sherbert lollies in Australia called ‘Fruit Tingles’ – your blooms match their shades exactly.
    Love the pineapple prop – to be able to just casually pick one from your garden is special – even if something else got in early to have a munch first!

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    • Thanks, Sour sherbet lollies sounds good to me, I have developed a fondness for sour orange and limes since moving to Florida.. great for cooking. I have yet to grow a normal sized pineapple
      The town I live in was the number one pineapple producer in the early 1900s. Wild pineapple pop up in the area.


  9. Cathy says:

    Oh yes, cooler weather and gentle rain please… until October! Love the fruity vase – your title reminded me of sweets we used to buy when we went on holiday to the seaside. 😃 They were these colours too. Wonder if they still make them…. Beautiful zinnias and dahlias. I had no idea they were fragrant either.

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    You get a lot of mileage from those tropical gardenias! I should look for them when I get to Southern California.

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