After a VERY long wait, Dahlia 'Iceberg' has produced its first blooms just as the other dahlias in my garden are finishing up. I pulled several dahlias out of my cutting garden on Saturday, dumping those I don't intend to store as tubers through the winter. I'm already late in planting the bulbs and sowing the seeds for my cool season flower garden and I need to free up space, especially as it now seems summer may have given up its hold on my part of the country.
|The 'Iceberg' blooms, about 6 inches in diameter and not fully open, were so heavy I had to shorten their stems to allow the vase to support their weight|
|Back view: My bush violets (Barleria obtusa) serve as the arrangement's main filler. The shrubs are only now beginning their annual bloom cycle.|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Angelonia 'Archangel White', Barleria obtusa, Dahlia 'Iceberg', Lavandula multifida, Myrtus communis 'Compacta', and Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata'|
My second arrangement couldn't be more different from the first, at least in terms of color. Dahlia 'Gitt's Crazy' is still pumping out a steady supply of flowers, eclipsing even 'Enchantress', which has dramatically slowed down with respect to its floral output over the past two weeks.
|Clockwise from the upper left: Colenema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold', Dahlia 'Akita', D. 'Gitt's Crazy', Plectranthus scuttellariodes 'Dragon Heart' (coleus), Prunus caroliniana, and Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Wine'|
As I finish this post, the service I use to track local weather predicts a 100% chance of rain today. The trailing end of the extreme weather system that hit the northern part of the state, variously described as a "bomb cyclone" and an "atmospheric river," is expected to reach my part of Southern California by mid-day; however, it's not expected to pack the punch it unleashed on Northern California. We're projected to get just one-third of an inch of rain here. What I've read about the impact of climate change on California unfortunately seems to be bearing out: we'll continue to experience extended periods of severe drought, punctuated by periodic, potentially destructive, atmospheric rivers, creating flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas previously hit by wildfires.
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