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

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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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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