Wednesday Vignette – Blissfully big leaf love

Temperatures are dropping. Unfortunately, so are light levels. By the time I come home from work, the blue light of dusk is usually rather pronounced. Time to dig out the headlamps again, I suppose – especially if I’m going to fill up my days off with activities other than gardening. (Ask me again why I keep doing that – it makes no sense whatsoever…) Anyway, the other night, I snapped a photo of some of my favorite leaves out there – a dark-stemmed Colocasia which has impressed me by surviving not one, but two winters in the ground, and fabulous Sauromatum venosum. Just as the two are vying for my attention – since both topic and timing is right – so will I share this Vignette post on Digging, where the venerable meme Foliage Follow-up Day is offered. Check it out!

Leafy love

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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17 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Blissfully big leaf love

  1. Pingback: Wednesday Vignette – Cherries on the Mountain | Railway Parade House and Garden

  2. mattb325 says:

    I love those big leaves. So very tropical. Although the literature says they go down to USDA zone 7/8, I’ve seen then killed in zone 9 gardens, so it’s impressive that they look so good! Fingers crossed that you’ve another mild winter so they can well and truly establish.
    My contribution to Wednesday is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      You can’t possibly imagine how surprised I was when the Colocasia came back after the cold winter we had two years ago. I was nothing short of stunned! That says a lot about the power of microclimate! Where they are, they are out of the east winds, which down here by the river, means a lot. The Gorge can be a real wind tunnel!

  3. Yes, the fading daylight is a drag. I can feel my energy levels dropping more each day. Oh well, all the better for good sleeping. I love the look of big leaves–the ones you show and Hostas and Cannas, and many more! I’m joining in your wonderful meme this week. Thanks for hosting!

  4. Evan says:

    I know the feeling. I don’t get home until 6:30 or 7 on Mondays and Tuesdays. Not much time for anything. Your sauromatum looks fantastic! I have a very tiny one that didn’t emerge until the end of July.

  5. Alison says:

    I love those big leaves too. I am raging against the dying of the light too, I want the cooler days of fall, but I want them to last as long as summer days. Is that too much to ask? I made my FF post into a Wednesday Vignette too. It’s here:

  6. Great foliage combination! And boy I hear you about the light levels! I went out to take my Bloomday photos and upon uploading them to the computer was shocked at how blue they were. Thus I had to do another session the next day (cheating and doing it on the weekend!).

    I’m joining up today with a cheerful flower face, or two…

    • annamadeit says:

      I cheated too – I took my Bloom Day photos on Saturday, because I had time. Even so, they looked almost identical to the ones I had posted the week before, so I almost didn’t participate this month. Felt much too much like deja vu…

  7. Pam/Digging says:

    The blue light of dusk rather enhances that dramatic combo. Thanks for joining in, Anna!

  8. Kris P says:

    I love those big leaves too – and I have precious few of them in my current garden, which is something I’ve got to remedy in the coming gardening year. However, what I like best about this post is the image of you wandering about your garden in the dark wearing a headlamp!

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