While there are yet a few buds on the dahlias, most of these dry up in no time during the hot, dry weather we've been experiencing. Dahlia 'Punkin' Spice'
surprised me by producing one beautiful, albeit small, bloom, which I elected to cut now as a final hurrah to the summer season. Honestly, after last week's fires throughout the state we're more than ready here to see the end of summer dry conditions. Red flag warnings
signifying a high fire risk were in effect for much of the weekend in Southern California. With all the sad and terrible stories stemming from the fires in Northern California and last Monday's fire here in Southern California, I couldn't help watching the horizon with a degree of anxiety. Shortly after 4pm on Sunday, I glanced out my home office window and noticed this:
|My husband got out a telescope and placed the fire near the Harbor Freeway's end point in San Pedro, less than 5 miles away. Although we never heard sirens, the fire was out within 20 minutes. However, our hot and dry conditions aren't expected to break until Friday. Our humidity level here has been running below 15%.|
But on to happier topics! I let the color of 'Punkin' Spice'
dictate the palette of my first vase.
|This vase turned out better than I'd anticipated when I collected the hodge-podge of materials from my garden Sunday morning|
|I still haven't pulled all my remaining Zinnias but I'm trying to use up the last blooms - the plants look terrible!|
|The top view reflects the narrow profile of the vase|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the vase contains: Dahlia 'Punkin' Spice', Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', berries of noID Cotoneaster (recycled from last week's vase), Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun', Leonotis leonurus, Oncidium 'Wildcat', Tagetes lemmonii 'Compact', and Zinnia elegans|
(bush violet) produced its first flowers just before Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and more flowers have opened continuously since. I cut a few stems as the starting point for a second vase.
|I can't recall how well the bush violets hold up in a vase or whether the buds will open once the stems are cut|
|I added pink Zinnias to the back of the vase as a last minute change. This gave the 2 sides of the vase (or rather mug) distinctly different personalities.|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the mug contains: Barleria obtusa, Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Salvia 'Mystic Spires', Leucanthemum x superbum, and Zinnia elegans|
I'd picked up a few pumpkins at the market last week and used the small ones to dress up the 'Punkin' Spice'
arrangement on the dining room table.
|I was going to retire the mouse to the cupboard but he looked quite happy there atop the pumpkins so I let him stay|
I left my largest pumpkin outside the front entry, nestled in a pot in an attempt to keep the squirrels from tunneling through it before Halloween. Despite this precaution, I caught one in the act of chewing it Sunday morning and the cheeky creature had the audacity to cuss me out when I sent him packing. I put my skeleton cat out next to the pumpkin in what is no doubt a futile effort to keep the squirrel away. I'm still looking for my skeleton rats, which seem to have disappeared.
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|The violet vase sits in the front entry|
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