Wednesday Vignette – Metallic monochrome

All I can say is that this is a sweet combo!

All I can say is that this is one sweet combo – Artemisia ‘Seafoam’ and Potentilla gelada. Leave it to the shamelessly insistent Columbine to crash their romantic courting session. 🙂


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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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Metallic monochrome

  1. Chloris says:

    I love it what a fabulous combination, I am joining in this month and I have left my link on an earlier post. I followed a link there and didn’t realise it was not up-to-date .I’m afraid I am not very good at the technology.…est-extravagance/

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A very handsome couple! Love Artemisia ‘Seafoam’ and will be looking for it next time I’m in Portland as it hasn’t appeared up here yet. My WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Not available up there??? I find that so odd – you have such awesome nurseries up there… Oh well, next time you’re down here, make sure to stock up! 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    Very nice plant combo! I haven’t grown that Artemisia yet, but I’m tempted. So many of them are too weedy looking for me. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Alison! You’re right – some of them are pretty weedy. I had one I reluctantly took out because of that. The reluctance was due to childhood memories of the fragrance of the crushed foliage… so good!

  4. Loree Bohl says:

    So is this lovely scene in your garden? A client’s garden? At the nursery?
    My WV:

  5. Kris P says:

    That’s a perfect combination, Anna. I’ve been on the look-out for that Artemisia but the Potentilla is a stranger to me. As I gather it hails from Himalaya, I suppose it wouldn’t like SoCal. This week I’ve got a collection of images foretelling the pending arrival of summer here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Kris! The Potentilla might be worth a try if you manage to find it. Who knows – some plants have such impressive ranges of tolerance and ability to survive. Maybe their natural habitat is way up in sandy, rocky soil that gets baking hot for long periods of time?

  6. rickii says:

    My Potentilla gelada is in a pot all by himself. Now I’m thinking I should introduce him to ‘Seafoam’. Thanks for the primer on matchmaking skills.

  7. hb says:

    Oh that is lovely. The Pontetilla was a highlight from the Portland Fling–such beautiful foliage.

  8. I love it! It seems chic but soft, too, like a stylish badass with a sweet, warm center.

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