Wednesday Vignette – there is someone for everyone

IMG_9648I’ve always loved the shape of the blossoms of Allium christophii, but thought that the color left some to be desired. I always thought it was too pastel-ly, and I wondered what would make me fall madly in love with it. But tonight, when I got home from work, I saw that there is indeed something that will make it sing – the scrumptious dark purple of Rosa ‘Twilight Zone’. And, all of a sudden, I realized that this combo would indeed be perfect, if only I had some Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’ or something like that to go with it. Maybe some lovely, strappy grass leaves too, to complete the picture. I think I’m on to something…

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 – there is someone for everyone

  1. Pauline says:

    I think you are too, they look beautiful together!

  2. Laurin Lindsey says:

    A very complementary combination! Nature does color so fabulously!

  3. Kris P says:

    It’s very pretty as is but your suggestions sound divine.

    • annamadeit says:

      Can’t wait to test them out! Brought a dark red Astrantia home today, and I’m pretty sure I can find a suitable grass somewhere, sitting around in a pot, waiting for a home. I’m thinking something like Mourdry grass. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  4. Evan says:

    That’s a gorgeous combo! That allium also looks good with burgundy foliage, big glaucous bearded iris leaves, Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’, and Carex comans. At least it does in my garden. 😉

    • annamadeit says:

      Sounds nice! I can play with all of the above – they are already in my garden! Really, I WILL steal some gardening play time this weekend! 🙂

  5. Those do make a great combination, the soft contrasting with the intensely rich. I’ve been planting more Alliums but I still don’t have A. christophii.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Jason! It’s a good one for sure, now that I know how to make it shine. I adore Alliums in all shapes and forms, and some of them are crazy prolific. Every year, I think I’m going to pull some of them out, and every year, I forgive them. 🙂

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