In a Vase on Monday: Pretty in Pink

(c) Terri Robertson,, April 2, 2018
Loropetalum (foliage), George Taber azaleas, tulip Menton and oxalis

The blooms in today’s post remind me of the prom dress Andie creates in the 1980s movie “Pretty in Pink.”

Is that movie a classic anywhere other than the United States? I don’t even like the final dress creation in the movie, but this bouquet has the same pink-on-pink-on-pink quality (in a good way, I hope).

Here are the components of this week’s “In a Vase on Monday”:

1. Tulip Menton

My last tulip of the season is a pretty one. When I started this post, all I knew was I wanted to make the most of this bright peachy-pink bloom.

2. George Taber azaleas

The azaleas, which were beginning to flower two weeks ago, are now in full bloom. The white azaleas are just as lovely and fluffy, but I decided to stick with a pink theme for this vase.

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden

3. Oxalis

The tiny hot pink blooms tucked into the center of the arrangement are oxalis. Some people consider oxalis a weed, but I have come to like it growing here and there throughout the garden beds. The photo below shows oxalis flowers after they’ve closed for the evening.

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden

4. Loropetalum

We planted loropetalum bushes along our chain-link fence for privacy last year. A friend suggested them as a fast-growing, drought-tolerant classic. In a couple of years, I think we’ll have good fence coverage. Its maroon foliage turned out to be a good complement to this week’s blooms.

5. Repurposed gin bottle (vase)

I love a good gin-and-tonic. The Botanist is one of my favorite gins, and the bottle makes a pretty vase.

(c) Terri Robertson, T's Southern Garden

Thanks to Cathy and her blog, Rambling in the Garden, for hosting the IAVOM meme. It’s helped me connect to other garden bloggers and makes blogging much more enjoyable. Be sure to visit her blog and the comments section to see what she and other gardeners around the world have put in a vase on Monday.


Author: Terri Robertson

I'm a novice gardener who creates arrangements using cuttings and plants from my yard, vintage containers, and found objects both natural and manmade. In my work life, I am a writer and editor, who recently joined the team of Flower magazine as digital media manager.

19 thoughts on “In a Vase on Monday: Pretty in Pink”

  1. Goodness, are you on your last tulip of the season? Mine haven’t started! ‘Menton’ is a beauty. I love your bottle. and you’re right, it does look like a lovely frou-frou prom dress!

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    1. Thank you, Ali! It is quite amazing how different our seasons are. I’m jealous that spring is just kicking into gear for so many. I took a peek at your tulip post just now–I can’t wait to read it more closely.


  2. Those dark leaves keep the whole composition from getting too sugary. I am not a pink person except when it comes to flowers. All three of yours are beautiful in their own way. We are always looking for new gin varieties so I will have to see if I can find this. And what a perfect container with that label for a flower vase!

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  3. What a great bottle! I think I may have to take up gin and tonics too 😉 I love the pink ‘George Tabor’ azalea. I grew it in my former garden, pre-drought. Sadly, azaleas are on the long list of plants I’ve let go of in light of the drier conditions of my current garden.

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  4. That is lovely Terri. The tulip and azalea are gorgeous colours and the foliage is a perfect match. 🙂 Yes, I know that film too and it was quite popular in the UK when it first came out. I think the music was mostly UK bands. 🙂


  5. Perfect drink for the keen gardener…pink gin anyone? I made a rhubarb infused gin recently which was a pretty pink colour. Your arrangement is definitely worth a toast…congratulations.

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  6. Oh what excellent use of an empty gin bottle. Such pretty flowers and the loropetalum foliage is a most effective contrast. My first tulip is still to open. I’ve not heard of the film but will look out for it 🙂


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