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

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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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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