Foliage Follow-up, October 2015 – like stained glass

The slanted rays and dropping temperatures makes me really love fall. Is it me, or is the light more yellow than in summer? It certainly seems like it. Anyway, for this foliage day, I want to celebrate the big leaves in my garden. The ones that tower overhead, filter light and act as a foil for shadow play. The ones that make parts of the garden feel like a gothic cathedral. Think Cannas, Palms, Fatsias and Tree ferns – that kind of thing.


It almost looks like a blurry photo, but it’s not. It’s the translucent leaf transmitting what grows beyond.

The edges glow red...

The edges glow red…


… and the dark variegation blends with the shadows.


The Windmill palm and the ornamental purple grape shimmer in the sun.

The Windmill palm and the ornamental purple grape shimmer in the sun.

The large leaves of the Moonflower stand out against the blue sky.

The large leaves of the Moonflower stand out against the blue sky.

Someone had a snack.

Someone had a snack.



The Choysia leaves aren't very big, but glow beautifully in the morning light.

The Choysia leaves aren’t very big, but glow beautifully in the morning light.

The Fatsia creates its own little cathedral.

The Fatsia creates its own little cathedral under its canopy.

The Tree fern

The Tree fern is more transparent than translucent, but the effect is still marvelous.

I could go on, but I’m not going to. Maybe by next year, my Tetrapanax will hopefully have risen above the commoners and will give me some of its glow. I really do love fall. Gardens really are so much about light and placement. For now, I’m savoring the time we have left, before frost sinks its teeth into us all. Head on over to Digging to see what other foliar fancies are featured around the globe.


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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18 Responses to Foliage Follow-up, October 2015 – like stained glass

  1. lyart says:

    You’re spot on. – I love autumn, too. Depending on time of year, I never can decide, which season is ma favourite, spring or autumn. I am just sure, I would not want to live at a place, where there are no significant seasonal changes…

  2. Pauline says:

    Yes, just like stained glass, they look beautiful with the sun shining through them. Autumn is a beautiful season, when the garden puts on a party dress for a short time!

  3. Lovely photographs, and a Gothic cathedral is a good simile

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    You amaze me again with the article on wood treatment and these lovely photos of leaves.

    • annamadeit says:

      Aw, thank you Becca – I took my time with that one. And still, to this day, it’s the most read post I’ve ever written – on either of my blogs. It’s been a couple of years now, and I’m hoping we’ll see more of that stuff here in the US before we’re all poisoned from our own inability to try new things. In fact, I should go back and do a little research to see if there we have any additional purveyors of acetylated lumber stateside yet. I should hope so – it is so cool!

  5. Alison says:

    You got some beautiful shots, especially like the big tropical leaves. It can be hard to capture the play of light and shadow, so well done!

  6. Kris P says:

    Beautiful pics, Anna! I find a “need” more large-leaved plants myself. I’m seriously considering a Tetrapanax.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, but you should! They are supposed to be fairly drought tolerant once established, and they look so marvelously spectacular. I do think you need one… 🙂

  7. Evan says:

    Great photos, Anna. I don’t have much large foliage myself, but I love the way light shines through them, showing silhouettes through them or casting shadows below. What do you do with your tree fern for winter?

  8. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Evan! The first tree fern I had perished in the winter, but it was a cold one. I think it was 2009… This time around, I have been advised to make sure it is 1) under cover to protect it from frost, and 2) that I can probably keep it outside for the most part of the winter, but that it should be close to a door, so It can be pulled inside for a few days if the temperatures drop too far. I plan to adhere to those bits of wisdom as closely as I can. Fingers crossed it makes it!

  9. rindymae says:

    So beautiful!

  10. Pam/Digging says:

    Ooh, stained-glass leaves! I love it. Thanks for sharing, Anna.

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