In A Vase, With Fire
Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon', Dahlia 'Holland Festival', Leucadendron 'Blush', ivory Rose 'Snowbird', white Eustoma and Hydrangea, a bit of white and yellow Lantana
The first strong Santa Ana Wind event of the season drove me indoors. Creating a floral arrangement seems fitting, because this weather ruins delicate flowers, so they might as well be cut and taken indoors.
I thinned out the Eucalyptus foliage a bit. Does that improve the arrangement? On the right, yes, but too much removed on the left. Couldn't get it right.
From this angle the Dahlia vanishes but the beautiful 'Snowbird' rose is better visible. The color of the Dahlia is rather disruptive. This color blend is more cohesive.
Arrangement made and photographed, smoke appeared on the horizon...a wildfire erupted about two miles from here. Two weeks ago there was another in the same area, but that one was moving in the opposite direction. This one is more worrisome because the winds are not only stronger, but are also pushing more in this direction. It's not reason for alarm, but it is reason for watchfulness.
At this point the wind is pushing the fire more west than southwest. We're south west. The danger is embers flying and starting new fires in dry palm fronds, and Eucalyptus trees. The neighborhood in gravest danger at this moment is full of big pine trees; at least they look recently well thinned out and limbed up. Developers planted pines because they grow fast and are cheap, rather than native oaks which grow slowly, are not so cheap, but are far less of a fire danger. Watching TV news now: oh, there on the TV a house just caught fire. You can see smoke coming out of the roof. Oh, crap. Flames. Another house is going up. Oh, crap. The fire gets into the vents or under the eaves, and the house goes up. Oh, crap. The one next to it now, the flames shooting out now.
In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy at the beautiful blog Rambling in the Garden.
This post is ending on a very different note from where it started.
Update: 11:45 am PDT
Update 2:44 pm