In a Vase on Monday – Hurricane Blues

It’s September in Florida. Eventually a hurricane is going to take aim at my garden. We spent the weekend watching weather models, called spaghetti models because the paths on the models look like cooked pasta. I am on the east coast of Florida and currently out of the area predicted to be affected by Hurricane Ian. Thus far, 35 mph winds are forecast here as the hurricane passes on the other side of the peninsula. The feeling is relief mixed with concern for my fellow Floridians and a certain trepidation that no one really knows what Ian will do.

Here is the current spaghetti:

Back to the flowers, this does look a bit like a spaghetti model with the linear stems of the flowers.

The purple berries are from Beautyberry (Calliocarpa americana); blue flowers are Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicaensis); white flowers are Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata); and a few sprigs of Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris) in pale pink.

Late season Tropical Gardenias (Tabernaemontana diviricata) grace the edge of the vase. The cobalt blue vase was a gift from my brother.The Gardenias and Sweet Almond flowers add a nice fragrance to my foyer.

Time will tell which piece of pasta was the path Ian takes. Until then, no garden cleanup will be attempted.

Happy Gardening!!!


30 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – Hurricane Blues

  1. susurrus says:

    Good luck! There seems to be bad news wherever we turn. I love the purple berries.

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  2. A great title for your post. I found a Beautyberry with berries growing in one of my beds. A bird must have dropped it there.

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  3. Cathy says:

    Is each coloured line a potential path of the hurricane, Amelia? There is so much in the world that humans do not yet have control over, isn’t there? Love that chunky squat blue vase of yours – it’s almost as if a bigger vase has been truncated (do you remember those 1960s glass cutters that you could cut bottles down with? I love all the contents too – very striking, as always!

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  4. Kris P says:

    I thought of you when I heard about Hurricane Ian. I’m glad it shouldn’t cause you too much grief – but I’ll keep my fingers crossed that that prediction holds anyway. Hopefully, your wonderful beautyberries won’t be stripped from their stems by the winds. Take care and best wishes!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Love those beautyberries, yours always look so robust compared to my measly ones. Glad Ian will miss you but it doesn’t look good for the west coast, alas.

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    • Thanks, I cannot figure out why the birds don’t chow down on the berries? When you were a florist (probably) I was designing landscapes in downtown Tampa – at that time they were talking about what a disaster a hurricane would be if it hit there..they never stopped building and it looks like a direct hit right now, giving me the chills.


  6. Cathy says:

    The white sweet almond flowers caught my eye today. How delicate and pretty they are. I read your comments with Eliza – the same happens here and in the UK; building on flood plains, diverted river beds etc. And then they wonder why the water always wins…. Stay safe Amy!

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  7. fredgardener says:

    Take care Amelia…( & lovely callicarpa berries !)

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  8. Noelle says:

    Wow, you are having wind and rain. Your arrangement on the other hand looks strong and steadfast but that is inside your home before any damage. Take care.

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  9. Annette says:

    Nobody grows finer Callicarpa berries than you, Amy. Lovely vase. Hope Ian doesn’t behave too badly. Never a dull moment these days, is there?! Take care

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Oh my! I had not watched the news for a few days. I am in Los Angeles now, so am out of my regular schedule. I will be looking at the news presently.


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