Wednesday Vignette – two-tone views

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This combo brightened my morning – a variegated Eryngium and Bouteloua ‘Blonde Ambition’. Its glimmering highlights and variegations nearly blinded me in the harsh sunlight. Another thing that brightened my day was people – for some reason I met some real gems today. In fact, the last meeting of the day was so delightful, that I spent the drive back to work wondering how I can possibly despise our collective humanity as much as I do, when some of them are so very, very nice. I eventually arrived at the oddball conclusion that just as I would love and enjoy a pet rat, I’d loathe a rat infestation. Humans are pretty much the same as rats then, I suppose. In individual social situations we often shine, but as a collective species, we’re planetary varmint – our presence presenting very bad news to most other living things. It might sound like a terrible thing to say, but it’s the only way I can explain my simultaneous aversion to the actions and priorities of my specie as a whole, while acknowledging my contradictory social attraction to so many individual members of it. Frankly, it is a lot more calming NOT thinking about it, as it is rather maddening!

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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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – two-tone views

  1. A true dilemma, Anna

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A great image. Your words really hit home! Planetary vermin – so true. We’re an awful species yet capable of amazing individual acts of beauty, love, and compassion. My WV is here: http://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2016/06/wednesday-vignette-just-beneath-surface.html#comment-form

  3. I haven’t grown Eryngium in years but I’ve found myself attracted to it of late and I love that ‘Blonde Ambition’ grass. The combination is wonderful. Like some people, these plants bring out the best in one another. Here’s my Wednesday Vignette: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/06/weather-and-wednesday-vignette.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Kris! It’s a combo I’m using in a project that just got planted this week. So far, I’m happy with it – especially when the sun hits it just so…

  4. As always I find myself nodding as I’m reading your words…well said. My WV: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/06/wednesday-vignette-echium-dont-care.html

  5. hb says:

    We’re the worst invasive species, sigh, and we bring other invasive species along for the ride. Yet as Peter/Outlaw said, capable of amazing things. It’s a lovely photo in the blazing light–I thought you didn’t have that up there? Obviously you do!

    My vignette is office-park Anigozanthos. Amazing plants in the most unexpected place.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I’m afraid I’ll never be able to completely wrap my head around those contradictory truths… And yes – can you believe it – we DO have sun! Sometimes. 🙂

  6. How fond I am of ‘Blonde Ambition’ , it’s almost as cute as Briza media. My WV today ..http://gardenbook-ks.blogspot.com/2016/06/wednesday-vignette.html

    • annamadeit says:

      I’d say that’s almost a toss-up, Kathy – Briza media is another fave for me too. Love them both intensely. For some reason, I haven’t seen Briza sold much anywhere in the past couple of years. Wonder why…? It is SO deserving of the same kind of attention Blonde is getting. At least I think so.

  7. Alison says:

    That is a very nice combo! I planted a bunch of Blonde Ambition last year, but they are all looking very dead so far. I’m bummed. I posted a vignette today, it’s here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2016/06/wednesday-vignette-procrastination-pays.html

  8. Christina says:

    I think I’d agree with that too. Nice image.

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