Wednesday Vignette – green on green

The first time I laid eyes on Grevillea ‘Ivanhoe’, I gulped. Long story short – I did not get one then (even though I tried – but alas, they were being propagated , and not for sale), but at least I knew I should expect them some time soon, if all went well. It did, and last week, they showed up at the nursery. It’s a big shrub (up to 15′ tall) so for the first few days, I did a pretty good job resisting taking one home. To even think that I could make room for this one, is ridiculous. Even I couldn’t dream that fact away…

But later, I happened to grab both an Echinacea ‘Green jewel’ in one hand, and ‘Ivanhoe’ in the other. (Some of you might know that I have a thing for green flowers.) Holy moly – the fireworks went off. The client I was with decided right there that she just HAD to have it. Next weekend, she is opening up her garden as part of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s open garden series, and I was helping her with last minute fluffing. I can’t blame her. Paired with Carex testaceae, and Lysimachia ‘Aurea’, I have to say it looks pretty damn fantastic! It will be even more so when all those green coneflowers start popping open… And that is how my resolve to leave this budding giant on the table, completely faded away. Naturally, I needed to plant a pot like that for me as well – that goes without saying. The pot in the photo is not the one we used, but it served me well for documenting this vignette. Aren’t Ivanhoe’s leaves absolutely spectacular? I’m feeling a little bit shaky here – just like Lady Rowena probably did at the sight of her knight in shining armor…

Grevillea 'Ivanhoe' and Echinacea 'Green Jewel'

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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26 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – green on green

  1. Love it! I recently picked up a couple too (the ‘Ivanhoe’). I doubt we’ll have to worry about the eventual size, with that hardiness thing being an issue.

  2. Kris P says:

    Plant crushes! We all get them. I’ll have to check out ‘Ivanhoe’, although that size would be an issue here. My vignettes this week are sunny:

    • annamadeit says:

      It said on the tag that florists like to use its foliage. I imagine that means it takes well to cutting? (Sorry Kris – I’m a compulsive enabler… )

  3. Alison says:

    Fab foliage is hard to resist! I need to get at least one tender Grevillea, preferably one with enormous flowers. I’ve already killed two supposedly hardy ones by planting them in the ground, so I think I might have better luck keeping a tender one in a pot that I can haul into the greenhouse. Or maybe third time will be the charm. Anyway, here’s a link to my Wednesday Vignette post today, which also focuses on foliage — alas, it’s foliage seen on recent garden tours, not in my own crispy garden.

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, my dear – for all the money you saved on not going overboard with the watering, you can probably buy a whole Grevillea collection. 😉

  4. rickii says:

    A symphony in green, with a few bronze notes…lovely. I’m in a green mood today too:

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  6. Wow! It is just gorgeous, Anna. I love your “symphony of green.” I grew Lime Queen Zinnias a few summers ago and had great fun with them in the garden and in the vase. You have introduced me to the green Echinacea, which I haven’t found around here yet. Here is more green on green from the East Coast today :

  7. Evan says:

    Love those leaves! With the new greenhouse, I need to finally get a few proteaceous plants. They’re one of my favorite plant groups. My vignettes this week are rather less subtle:

  8. Jenni says:

    You are so cute with your plant crush! I love your green flings!! So pretty. And the textures…yep, you nailed it! Here’s my vignette for the week:

  9. rindymae says:

    You are too funny. I love me some green flowers, too!

  10. annamadeit says:

    I’ve been pondering outdoor lighting lately, so I’m adding a Vignette from over on the Creative Flux-side of things.

  11. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh my goodness, Ivanhoe is gorgeous and I feel it’s powers of persuasion causing you to open your wallet… Is yours potted up yet?

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, in a highly unusual fashion, it was given a home the very next day, after I brought it home. I wasn’t going to take any chance risking that this one would get dried out in our current heat wave. 🙂

  12. hoov says:

    Green is good! A particularly beautiful vignette.

    I saw ‘Ivanhoe’ for sale, but 15′ is a lot, and it would be 15′ here since we don’t have that hardiness thing. Carex testacaea has been excellent here–reseeds just enough to give me a new plant or two every year.

  13. What kind of gardener would you be if you didn’t follow your passions?

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