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

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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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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