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

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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