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

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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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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