Wednesday Vignette – Bees knees

“You have to come over – it looks great!”, she said. So, today I ventured over to see a client, who also has become a dear friend, to look at the front garden we planted last year. She was right – it really did look nice, and had filled in quite well. At some point, I will probably document it in its own post, but for the purpose of this meme, a couple of shots will do. (I suppose a “vignette” technically should be one photo, but – bear with me here – I was excited about it!)

The super-cool texture of Acacia pravissima 'Oven's Wattle towers over the blue Picea globosa, and a couple of Sedums. From the corner, hints of yellow from a Corokia 'Sunsplash'.

The super-cool texture of Acacia pravissima ‘Oven’s Wattle towers over the blue Picea globosa, and a few Sedums. From the corner, sparks of yellow from a Corokia ‘Sunsplash’ and more cool, blue texture from a Quicksilver Hebe.


Carpets of Sedum were in full, radiant bloom…

...and seeing the many bees living it up on the tiny flowers made my day!

…and seeing the many bees living it up on the tiny flowers made me so happy!

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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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Bees knees

  1. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous combination of shapes and textures of foliage. I have that Corokia and I think I will copy the idea of combining it with the silver Hebe. They look stunning together.

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Nicely done, my friend! It must be very fulfilling to create such beautiful gardens for people, see them fill in, and know the delight that your work brings to your clients every day.
    My vignette is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Peter! It really is enormously satisfying. But, it truly is a collaboration – the best ones always involve a great client. But yes – I think it is the best job in the world! 🙂

  3. I think we’ve all been guilty of playing a little loose with the idea of a single photo vignette, so it’s only right you break the (unwritten) rules every now and then too! And I’m glad you did, all three shots are fabulous, I’m especially lost in that first one…gorgeous! And oh how I miss my Acacia pravissima!

    Oh guess what. I’ve got 3 pictures for my WV too….

  4. I love your aesthetic, Anna. Your client was lucky to find you.
    Here’s my WV:

  5. I love the combination of the blue and yellow foliage. I think that’s the Hebe I’ve been eyeing for some time now at my local garden center and I think I should scoop it up before it disappears. No WV from me this week – I couldn’t find any worthy images in my most recent post.

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s a good one, for sure! Might even stand up to California weather. I have one along our driveway. My husband ran it over, and it just shrugged it off. It’s a super-plant! And, just to make sure you know – there is no rule saying your photo has to be new, or even recent. 😉

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