Bloom Day – November 2013

My new acquaintance Michelle of Jockey Hill Nursery – grower of, among other things, fabulous hardy fuchsias and cool grasses –  recently taught me that the flowers of the Fatsia japonica sustains hummingbirds during the cold months. Ever since then, I’ve been on the look-out… So, this morning, as I ventured outside with my camera, I saw it! What better way to kick off the first original post on my new blog Flutter & Hum than with a shot of a hummingbird drinking its fill from a Fatsia blossom. I was so excited, I obviously could barely keep my hands steady.

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Other than that, and the vanilla-scented flowers of the Great Southern Magnolia and the fuchsias which are still going strong, there isn’t a whole lot of flowering interest in the garden right now. But a new acquisition from Far Reaches Farm this past September nearly knocked me silly with its completely unexpected development. When I first saw it, the berries were bronze colored. The plant was on display at the Heronswood Plant Sale, which happened to coincide with a nursery tour of the Kitsap Peninsula a gang of us Garden Bloggers were in the midst of enjoying. Heronswood was one of the first stops of our day and, although terribly intrigued by the berries, I decided to do the rounds before committing my limited funds to the bronzy beauty. When I finally came back around, the plant was gone! This indecisive mistake hounded me gravely so when I later, at the end of our day, tripped over another one at Far Reaches Farm, I grabbed it immediately.

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Fast forward to the hard frost we had a couple of weeks ago. As I walked around the yard to survey potential damage, I was met by these amazing red berries. The frost had transformed them from bronze to red! Such a fun surprise!

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The plant in question is a Polygonatum verticillatum. I’m so excited, I hope it not only survives, but multiplies! To see what else is blooming around the world, head on over to our gracious hostess Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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