Last Friday faves for fall – September

Late to Loree’s party, but hey – better late than never… Today was a rainy day (Hooray!) which I spent mostly inside, with my cat. I took a long nap in the afternoon, and it was wonderful! I’m ready for another nap now – I think I really needed this day of no obligation.

Trust me, life could be a lot worse than this!

Trust me, life could be a lot worse than this!

After being reminded about this venerable meme by reading Ricki’s post, I headed out in the rain to try to capture a few images. Not sure if any of them specifically qualifies for the honor of “favorite”, so I’m throwing them all in. If there is such a thing, my favorite thing about them is that – as a result of the weather – they are wet with rain, thus embedded with jewels.

As I stepped outside, I saw mirror I broke while vacuuming - it actually looks really cool, and in its faceted state fits quite well with the jewel theme of this post.

As I stepped outside, I saw a mirror I broke while vacuuming – it actually looks pretty cool, and in its faceted state fits quite well with the bejeweled theme of this post. I’m not going to worry too much about what the superstition says – even with a broken mirror here and there, my life is endlessly much better than that of the majority of Earth’s humans. I would do well in remembering that.

The big leaves alway does the best when it rains. Melianthus never disappoints.

The big leaves alway looks the the best when it rains. Melianthus never disappoints.

Neither does Colocasia leaves.

Neither does the Colocasia.

The smaller leaves of a new horned poppy holds water pretty well too. Such spectacular leaves!

The smaller foliage of a newly purchased horned poppy holds water pretty well too. Such spectacular leaves!

Here, a velvety carpet of rose petals sets off one of its shaped leaves.

Here, a velvety carpet of rose petals sets off another horned poppy’s shapely leaf.

The mystery bud still has not opened. I'm waiting with anticipation.

The mystery bud still has not opened. I’m waiting with anticipation.

There are sparklers on the cob webs too.

There are sparklers on the cob webs too.

Dainty drops adorning the tips of the leaves of Datisca cannabina.

Dainty drops adorning the tips of the leaves of Datisca cannabina.

Lastly, sporting no jewels, but fabulous in its spidery form - Begonia luxurians.

Lastly, sporting no jewels, but fabulous in its spidery form – Begonia luxurians.

What’s your garden favorite this Friday?

 

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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11 Responses to Last Friday faves for fall – September

  1. Pauline says:

    Lovely photos, the rain drops look so beautiful, a nice reminder that we do need rain for our gardens.

  2. Marvellous photographs

  3. The plant shots are all wonderful (especially the Melianthus) but the big take away for me here is your wise reminder…”even with a broken mirror here and there, my life is endlessly much better than that of the majority of Earth’s humans. I would do well in remembering that.”

  4. Kris P says:

    My favorites posts this week included many of the usual suspects in my garden but this morning I found another welcome surprise: 2 of my rain lilies bloomed, presumably in response to last week’s unusual September rain. With so little rain here, we seldom get to celebrate the beauty rain brings to the garden.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m glad you got at least a little bit of rain, even though I wish you’d get more. I saw a few rain lilies in a friend’s garden this morning. They are beautiful indeed! 🙂

  5. Nice impulse photos; I love making this kind ofphotosgraphs…so satisfying to be involved in the immediate surroundings.
    I am loving my dahlias right now but find them hard to photograph. I love them outside but appreciate them best in close-up photos indoors, where the light is not as nice as natural light.
    Your work is inspiring. Thanks.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, thank you, Christine! Isn’t it interesting that some plants are so much more difficult to capture in a photograph than others? Can’t explain why – they just are…

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