In a Vase on Monday – Suntini

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny and breezy day. The Brown Eyed Girl Sunflower was covered in flowers again, so I decided to cut them. For some reason, the stems were really short. It seemed like a good idea to utilize the short stems by hanging them over the edge of a martini glass. A Suntini was created to celebrate an abundance of sunflowers on a sunny Sunday.

The crystal martini glass is from my mother’s formal crystal used for holidays. To my knowledge, there has never been a martini in the glass. My mother was a prissy Southern lady who insisted these were fruit compotes. Southern ladies of her generation can only admit to drinking under certain appropriate conditions. I have never been able to work out the appropriate conditions; what has always seemed odd to me is this generation came up with the strongest drinks possible. Another mystery to ponder.

There are two plants in this mocktail. The Brown Eyed Girl Sunflowers in yellow and flowers and a going to seed flower from Lotusleaf Begonia (Begonia nelumbiifolia)

The swizzle stick is a stem from the Begonia with a sunflower at one end and a baby mango at the other.

Thank you to Cathy at for hosting this weekly meme. Follow the link to see more vases.

Cheers and Happy Gardening!!


20 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Suntini

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Ha! Love the addition of the swizzle stick, Amy! Brown Eyed Girl Sunflower is bursting with energy, as is your arrangement. Hope you’re doing well.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Very clever! Love it! 🙂

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  3. What a creative use of a Martini glass. Love those sunflowers.

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  4. Cathy says:

    This is such a clever idea, Amy, and a great way to use your short-stemmed sunflowers – like Susie, I think the addition 0f the swizzle stick was inspired. I had a giggle about the prissy Southern ladies of a certain generation! 🤣

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Not many remember what formal crystal was. I miss that sort of refinement.

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  6. Horticat says:

    Cheery! A glass full of sunshine ☀️


  7. Kris P says:

    The swizzle stick was a great addition! It adds a flair to what otherwise would be “just” a pretty arrangement. I MUST buy that sunflower when it becomes available here 😉

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  8. Noelle says:

    Totally inspired and inspirational….I bought something that looks like a Martini glass thinking with its beautiful shape it would be ideal for a vase, and after a year I have been daunted as to how to use it! The lattice shape of the stems of the going to seed begonia are so attractive and visually looking like edges of bubbles.

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    • Thank you, Noelle, maybe you need some short stems with big flowers to hang over. I have a vase shaped like a high heeled shoe I can never use as it really doesn’t hold flowers…


  9. Cathy says:

    I was wondering what the ‘cherry’ was until I got to the end! Brilliant idea! The swizzle stick is ingenious too! You have a point about our parents’ generation apparently not drinking, and yet there are so many strong cocktail combinations surely from their era! Those sunflowers are doing so well, reflowering. It will be interesting to see how long they really will flower for. Thanks for the smiles, and have a sunny week!

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