In a Vase on Monday – Mystic Flame and Fire

The title of this post sounds like a Harry Potter book with wizards and witches – but it is just a combination of the names of the plants in the vase. I admit to wondering where plant breeders come up with these names sometimes..oh, magic.

Only a little magic in the garden this week, though I am enjoying the late spring weather and some rain showers keeping the plants happy. I am (as usual) almost (key word) finished for the season, waiting for the heat to set in and gardening to slow down. I have less than 10 tomatoes left on my plants and the plants are lurching into decrepitude just in time to be tossed out. Almost all the spring flowers have burned out – a few dianthus left, the snapdragons are toast and ranunculus a distant memory. Oddly, my latest batch of zinnias is really sluggish, despite what seemingly should be good zinnia weather. This gardener needs a little zinnia magic.

The Mystic Flame and Fire:

The Mystic is Mystic Spires Salvia in blue, this one has been flowering since March 2021 and has given me one new plant (from six cuttings, one survived). The Flame is White Flame Salvia, the flowers are a lot smaller since the plants were put in the ground and look more like Salvia farinacea now – it is a cross between S. farinacea and longispicata. The Fire is the Firebush (Hamelia patens), an orange flowering native shrub that will flower until cold weather comes back, usually January. Asian Sword Ferns add some greenery.

The other white flower in the vase is from the White Geiger tree (Cordia boissieri). I like the crinkled flowers and so do the Sulphur butterflies.

That is all from slow simmering South Florida this Monday. Thank you to Cathy at for hosting this garden meme. Follow the link for a visit with more gardeners and vases.

Happy Gardening!!


16 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Mystic Flame and Fire

  1. Donna Donabella says:

    Oh salvia….so much herby smelling goodness with those purply flowers….love the combo of flowers!

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  2. I like your color selections. My firebush is still making its way up from the roots. No flowers.

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  3. Kris P says:

    That’s a perfect title for your fetching arrangement, Amelia! I “need” a firebush. I’ve got Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ but mine is only just starting to bloom. I always think summer starts early here but your summer beats out ours by yards.

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  4. Cathy says:

    Love the salvias – especially the blue one! 😉 Hope you get some zinnia magic soon. Mine are just germinating, and as you pull your tomato plants I may be planting mine out. 😃 The White Geiger tree flower is pretty. It looks like paper that has been crumpled up and then flattened again.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I love the contrasting colors of orange and blue/purple, and the silvery gray tones of the white salvia buds add a nice cooling effect. Beautiful!
    I don’t envy you the summer heat and humidity– you must dread it like I do the cold weather!

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    White Geiger tree is something that I really should look for while in Southern California. I really like it. I may have met it before, and might have actually met it in San Jose. I never identified the mysterious tree that bloomed like this. It seemed to be too healthy to be something that prefers milder climates though.

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  7. pbmgarden says:

    Great combinations Amy. Hope your zinnias treat you well and get down to business.

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