In a Vase on Monday – Braving Isaias

The impending path of Hurricane Isaias has been big news this week in Florida. A friend is calling this storm Hurricane Unpronounceable. Research tells me Isaias replaces the name Ike, retired after a particularly disastrous storm in 2008. They downgraded Isaias to a Tropical Storm before it reached my neck of the woods.

Ordinarily I would not cut flowers during a tropical weather event. This one was mild enough that I walked my greyhounds this morning. Alan, the weather phobic hound, did not take notice of the weather. During the walk I avoided the house with Coconut Palms – the coconuts are still hanging on the tree. We had winds up to 30 mph, off and on, and very little rain. The pots on my porch had to be watered. It is interesting to note the change in direction in the winds, especially when not scared witless. The circular wind direction can be felt and noted by watching which way the palms are swaying. Just stay away from Coconut Palms.

What Hurricane?

The vase! Oddly, my husband received flowers recently for helping someone and this is the vase from his flowers. I used it to collect a hot color palette of what is flowering in my garden.

The foliage in the back of the arrangement is Varigated Flax Lily (Dianella tasmanica ‘varigata’); yellow and orange spikes are Blanchetiana Bromeliad (Aechmea ‘Blanchetiana’) flowers; peach and red spikes are from Tropical Red Salvia (Salvia coccinea); red and blue tipped panicle flower is Miniata Bromeliad (Aechmea miniata); orange flowers in the middle of the vase are Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera); orange flowers hanging over the side are Firebush (Hamelia patens); and a few unnamed Zinnias. The Zinnias are grown in Miami and are my favorite (because they survive) summer container flower. I would love to know the name if anyone can share that information.

It is late Sunday afternoon and while the wind is still blowing it has died down considerably. Fingers crossed for the rest of those in the path of this storm.

To see more vases from less tropical climes visit Cathy at

Happy Gardening and hopefully sunny skies…


30 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Braving Isaias

  1. I’m glad to hear it was not too bad for you. It is weird to see the winds change and when the eye goes over…eerie. We had Ike and the wind sent rain horizontally through our bricks.

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  2. Cathy says:

    Good to hear it has passed you by! A lovely vase, and very pretty zinnias. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. Beautiful flowers again

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  4. Cathy says:

    A fiery vase indeed and you are so clever at adding just the right foliage with your blooms. Glad that Hurricane Unpronouneable didn’t really happen for you

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Glad you were passed by, we’ll probably get more than you did! We need the rain, it is the wind that bothers me. I was just looking at the sky and there are two ‘rivers’ flowing up thereโ€“ the lower one is full of torn cotton clouds going west to east and an upper one with cirrus clouds going south to north. No wonder we have tornado warnings. Tomorrow is going to be a wet one.
    I love the fullness of today’s vase. Did you collect more ‘just in case’ they got wrecked? I went out and deadheaded the heaviest sunflowers ‘just in case.’ Fingers crossed. A garden at its peak, wrecked by a storm, is a heartbreaking sight.
    I believe your Zinnias are a Z. angustifolia ‘Profusion’ hybrid, noted for its resistance to mildew. A favorite annual of mine. Such a good performer if it can get old enough to outgrow the early slug damage. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Happiness here as well. I would be surprised if we got a quarter inch of rain. The sheer size of these storms continues to amaze me..I saw Sandy go by – 200 miles offshore like what you are seeing. I cut the flowers during the storm and nothing got wrecked, a few bits of dead wood blew out of trees and palms. Thanks for the Zinnia ID, I think it must be Profusion Deep Salmon. Love these, have you ever had Zinnia linnearis, I don’t see it anymore? Fingers crossed for your garden.


  6. krispeterson100 says:

    I thought of you when I heard the news reports showing Isaias moving toward Florida, Amelia. I’m glad its impact on you was relatively mild (and that no greyhounds were disturbed). I hope it doesn’t gain strength as it moves up the east coast – I heard that it could strike the Carolinas as a hurricane.

    Your vase is wonderful and I’m glad to see that Eliza could offer an ID for the Zinnia.

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    • Thanks, Kris. So far, so good on hurricane season here. Never take good weather for granted…It looks worse for the Carolinas now so my fingers are crossed for more weather luck. Eliza nailed it on the Zinnias…Deep Salmon Profusion they are!


  7. pbmgarden says:

    Glad the storm was manageable for you. No problems here either and happy for a little rain. East of us there are power outages from downed trees–never fun to deal with. Lively array of rich colors in your vase this week. Very summery, tropical feel.

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    After all the hype in the news, the storm was almost a disappointment.

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  9. Beautifully written.

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