Wednesday Vignette – Gentle lovers

The other day, I visited a greenhouse that could very well have been where Professor Pomona Sprout brewed her Mandrake Restorative Draught. Many of the plants in there were incredibly anthropomorphic, their odd, contorted shapes being strangely expressive. Honestly, I could have spent hours in there – it was such a wondrous place.

For the most part, it was the chubby, elephantine trunks and gourd-like growths that caught my imagination (more on that to come in a post soon) but what captured my eye for this week’s vignette was two leaves of a nameless plant, seemingly engaged in a mating dance of sorts – caught on camera in mid-caress. Oblivious to my intrusion, the two only had room for each other. I thought it was quite beautiful, snapped my picture, and quietly left them alone.

Gentle lovers

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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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Gentle lovers

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Nice observation. 🙂

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh my, plant porn. Interesting observation. That place is amazing and holds so many treasures!

  3. Each was entranced by the beauty of the other. Here’s my Wednesday Vignette: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/05/wednesday-vignette-king-of-world.html

  4. Loree Bohl says:

    Quite beautiful indeed! I think my WV may have come from the same place?
    http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/05/wednesday-vignette-musella-lasiocarpa.html

  5. FlowerAlley says:

    Only you could pull this off. Plants holding leaves. Sweet.

  6. Elvis says:

    I love this – so gentle and meditative.
    Here’s my more robust post: http://mulchmaid.blogspot.com/2016/05/wednesday-vignette-cautionary-images.html

  7. hb says:

    Or its a fight to the death for sunlight? Plants have dysfunctional relationships, too, although mostly with their owners. ;^)

  8. Evan says:

    Those leaves are on the same plant, aren’t they? Awfully narcissistic, isn’t it? I could have taken that in a less G-rated direction, but…oh, look, here’s my post! http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2016/05/wordless-wednesday-back-to-plants.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha! You may take it in any direction you like, Evan. I think it was being in a greenhouse where just about every plant looked like it was going to start speaking to you that made me see it the way I did. How would you have interpreted it? Now I’m curious… 🙂

  9. Wendy Bellovary says:

    Anna, you have the eye of an artist and the mind of a poet. Wait, I think I just told you that a little while ago. Sorry for being repetitive, but it had to be said. (Again.) This is a delicious photo.

    Wendy B.

    On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 10:41 PM, Flutter & Hum wrote:

    > annamadeit posted: “The other day, I visited a greenhouse that could very > well have been where Professor Pomona Sprout brewed her Mandrake > Restorative Draught. Many of the plants in there were incredibly > anthropomorphic, their odd, contorted shapes being strangely expressive” >

  10. Chloris says:

    And what gorgeous colours. A great shot.

  11. Beautiful! I love that you saw all there was to see instead of just the obvious.

  12. annamadeit says:

    Just being surrounded by all the oddities put me in an unusually receptive mood, I think. 🙂

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