Flashback Foliage Follow-Up – November 2013

For some reason, this post never got finished (or posted) last year. Oh well – now, with the early freeze we’ve had, instead it can serve as a comparison for what it looks like this year. All three in the foreground of the last photo (Chocolate Cosmos, Echium wildpretii, and Salvia ‘Amistad’) didn’t make it through last winter’s record lows at all, but the Canna in the background did – to my surprise! All the others did too, but no berries on the Rubus lineatus this year. It obviously needs a two-year stretch of warm weather to make that happen in our climate. Last winter, it died down completely, but sprouted back in the spring. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, it is a relative of the blackberry!


Not much new here at the homestead… just some more reds. I think I’m going to have to mix it up a bit for next year, don’t you agree?


The ‘Bloodgood’ maple at its best against the Taxus. Such a pretty color!


I guess you could call this one the ‘changing of the reds’. The few leaves that are left of my variegated dogwood ‘Elegantissima’ will soon be gone, to reveal its bright red stems. As soon as the maple leaves drop, they will carry my spirits through the dark months, as they sparkle against the dark green of a couple of nearby conifers.


This was the first year I have seen berries on my Rubus lineatus. They are still hanging on, like little jewels in the midst of the fading foliage.


The yellow fall color of my smoke bush – Cotinus coggyria ‘Golden Spirit’ is a good substitute for absent sun rays.


The bronze berries of Polygonatum verticillatum unexpectedly turned red with the first frost. What a fun surprise – I had no idea!


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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4 Responses to Flashback Foliage Follow-Up – November 2013

  1. Helene says:

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog, I have just barely dipped into your blog, will have to come back for a second helping when I have some more time. It’s interesting to see how different the temperatures are playing with our gardens around the northern hemisphere, here in London where I live now I still have lots of flowers and expect it to just go on and on – my sister in Norway, where I am originally from, already has had snowfall several times.
    I guess I could have written this in Norwegian to you – but then not many other visitors would have understood so I keep to the universal language 🙂
    Take care, Helene.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, how fun to hear from another expat! You are right – we’d better stick to English… I hope your mild weather sticks around for a while. Over here, we’ve been promised temps on the right side of 0 at the end of this week. Sure hope so – I still have tons of things I want to get in the ground. I just looked at your plant wish list… It seems we share a love for Asarum. Too bad we aren’t closer geographically – I would happily share. It is one of my favorite ground covers! 🙂

  2. Kris P says:

    Surprising about the Canna – did it have a protective microclimate of some sort? In any case, I hope this winter is milder up there than the last one was.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, I hope so too, but we’re really not off to a very good start. 😦 About the Canna – it was on the west side of our house up against the wall. The worst winds here usually come from the east, so I think being on the lee side probably helped it. It has since been moved, so who knows how it will fare this winter. I might have to add some extra mulch…

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