Wednesday Vignette – Harbinger of Spring!


Hellebores, Fritillarias, Pearl hyacinths, and Carex ‘Frosted Curls’. Pure Genius!

Okay, it’s evening, but it’s still Wednesday, so I think I’m good… For this week, a flashback to Seattle’s recent Northwest Flower and Garden Show. One of my favorite vignettes of the entire show was this lovely creation located in the Skywalk area. I’m sure there was signage that identified its maker, but I probably didn’t pay attention – I was so enthralled and consumed with the simple, elegant, fresh beauty of this composition that I forgot about just about everything else. I later heard from a friend, that it was the work of a Riz Reyes – then a new name to me. Fast forward to this past week’s YGP show in Portland, where I happened upon him giving a talk. I missed half of it,  but am grateful for the part I caught. What he created in front his audience was almost as inspiring as this one, but I posted those in my last post if you want to see.

Here you see more of the planter, plus the sedums lining the edge of this arrangement.

Here you see more of the planter, plus the sedums lining the edge of this arrangement.

I love how the architectural forms of the sedums contrast with the billowy, meadowy grass, the moss, and the flowers. The flowers are spread throughout, each assuredly occupying its own space. Their unique patterns and forms, and their somewhat muted colors subtly grab your attention. Just perfect! If you had seen the garish, tightly planted fields of forced bulbs that hogged so much of the space of so many of the other display gardens at this show, you would know why this display became such a peaceful, lovely oasis in the midst of loud, insistent, visual assault. Inspiring indeed!

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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10 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Harbinger of Spring!

  1. Alison says:

    I loved the combo in this planter too! Riz is a genius.

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    Beautiful combinations, really lovely!

    • annamadeit says:

      Aren’t they, though? Hey, I just realized that a bunch of your comments ended up in my spam folder – which is where I found this. Not sure how that happened, but thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. Kris P says:

    I do prefer naturalistic arrangements like this to those parades of perfect tulips never found in nature (and impossible to replicate in SoCal under any conditions).

  4. rickii says:

    Riz is definitely now on my radar.

  5. I love how natural this is. Garish and forced don’t appeal to me.

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