October’s favorite

I’m throwing my variegated Fatsia japonica in with blogger pal Loree ‘s monthly meme of My Favorite Plant. It almost feels silly to designate it specifically as October’s fave. Truth is, I love it all the time. But because it’s about to burst into bloom, and because I know how much the hummingbirds love it when it does, it will earn the distinction of being this months favorite. In fact, as I was photographing it, an Anna’s male zoomed in to see if the flowers were open yet. I don’t think he found what he was looking for, as he was gone as quickly as he appeared. Or maybe my big, black, clicking apparatus scared him off. I waited a long time for him to return, to no avail, so you will get no hummingbird photos today. I will try again as the flowers open. I have a feeling they will be less distractible surrounded by oodles of oozing nectar to be collected.

Variegated Fatsia japonica

It has such pretty leaves.

It has such pretty leaves.

Variegated Fatsia japonica

The perfectly spherical little balls haven’t quiteI’mropened yet.

Variegated Fatsia japonica

The tight buds look like little lollipops.

The tight buds look like little lollipops.

Well protected under a Magnolia, it's weathered some really cold weather. And, it makes a great screen toward the street.

Well protected under a Magnolia, my Fatsia has weathered some really cold weather. And, it makes a great screen toward the street.


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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10 Responses to October’s favorite

  1. Pauline says:

    Lovely leaves and lovely flower buds!

  2. Alison says:

    That is a beautiful Fatsia, so lush! Definitely worthy of being a favorite.

    • annamadeit says:

      I thought so too. Feeling like I should cut it back a little (as it is, it is occupying half the sidewalk), but I don’t have the heart. Maybe I can tie it back some…?

  3. Kris P says:

    I do love Fatsia. If only they needed less water…

    • annamadeit says:

      Surprisingly, it weathered this summer without too much pampering, but I hear you. Nothing we’ve experienced up here yet, even comes close to what you’re experiencing down there. Hope you get rain soon – and lots of it!

  4. FlowerAlley says:

    I am in love! I am putting this one on my wish list.

  5. Wow what an interesting variegation pattern, it’s gorgeous! I noticed a hummingbird stop by to check out my Fatsia blooms yesterday too, he gave up pretty quickly and zipped over to the Hesperaloe that’s been feeding him for the last 4 months.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’ve lusted after a Hesperaloe all summer long. Maybe now with all the new holes opening up in my garden, I should get it… Believe it or not, there is even a somewhat sunny spot available! 🙂

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