Morning Bromeiads, Afternoon Uh-Oh

 A visit to Rogers.  They had some very photogenic Bromeliads






 Out by the street,  Leucadendron with Westringia and Rosemary, against a Pine background. 
That was the morning.  In the afternoon,  uh-oh.
 Fortunately there was little wind and the water-dropping aircraft got right to it.  
 They and ground crews got it knocked down before sunset.  Hooray!

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  1. I don't like this. Too early. Too many. Too close. Last week Aliso Viejo, unheard of before. Sounds like OCFA was right on the ball, though.

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    1. Their facility that watches for fires was right there, so they were on it quickly.

      I am uneasy also, little wind, warm but not horrifically hot--the AV one was started by a kid, apparently. No word on what started this one. Because of the Canyon II fire we're cleared out of fuel for this year, so while I'm uneasy in general I'm not so worried about our immediate area. We removing six of the neighbor's palms along the property line and the new neighbor in the back clearing out a lot (but not all) of the mess that was there also means we feel a little safer.

      I've decided with deep regret I must remove at least two if not three of the beautiful Cypress because they are too close to the house. It's the rational thing to do.

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  2. Those bromeliads are fascinating. I see so few of them. I love the combination planter.
    It is scary seeing the fires so close. I wish your area well.

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    1. They are supposed to be easy to care for, surprisingly. I'm trying a few here, to find out exactly how easy.

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    2. Love those Bromeliads! And thank god the fire was dealt with quickly. I drove through the Columbia River Gorge yesterday. Many exits off the Interstate are still closed from damage caused by last year's horrific fire (started by a kid with fireworks) and the burnt trees are so dark against the bright new growth around them. With the exception of some rain over the weekend we've seen virtually none since early April. So so dry heading into summer.

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  3. Oh no! It's too early to face fire danger. I'm glad the troops were on it quickly. As to the bromeliads, I've had mixed results thus far with those I planted in the ground last October. The smaller ones seemed to adapt to their new positions more readily.

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    1. It's a bit unexpected, because it really wasn't windy and wasn't super hot. They held it to 155 acres.

      Mine I just stuck the pot they came in, into a hole in the ground. That's worked okay, but I just have a few.

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  4. Before reading the post, I was sure the afternoon "uh-oh" was that you'd succumbed to their beauty and arrived home with a boatload of bromeliads. The reality is a lot more ominous. And given how far short the winter rains fell, your wrenching decision about the cypresses is probably justified. This is *so* early.

    Hoping the bromeliads you did buy are doing well and successfully distracting from grim realities of all kinds. Don't suppose you got a young version of the one in the opening shot? It's an absolute stunner.

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    1. Didn't buy any Broms, actually. Got a Teucrium chamaedrys 'Summer Sunshine'. The Broms were gorgeous, but very pricey.

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  5. Already so many fires this year - no good... Much better to look at your pictures of bromeliads, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Luckily they were able to control it quickly. Glad you liked the Bromeliads!

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  6. We saw a fire right next to I-5 near Santa Clarita on our way south. We even saw the firefighters. It was a small brush fire, but too close for comfort and a somber reminder of how dry everything is.

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