Wednesday Vignette – so very pettable…

If there is one thing I regret this time of year, it is that I don’t have enough sun in my garden to make all those wonderful grasses happy. On the other hand, I love hanging out in the cool, luxurious shade I have so much of, and hide from the Death Star when it pummels the world with its rays. I think I will always opt for shade if given the option, but it sure would be nice to be able to look out from my protected perch, onto a sunny scene of soft, graceful grasses, contrasted with dramatic, spiky, architectural plants. Maybe in my next garden I can make that happen. For now, I’ll just admire their sun-drenched softness wherever I can.

This is Pennisetum purpureum (Purple fountain grass) - an annual in these parts, but still... Isn't it delicious?

This is Pennisetum purpureum (Purple fountain grass) – an annual in these parts, but still… Isn’t it delicious? The flowers are so very pettable!

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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15 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – so very pettable…

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    So soft and pretty!

  2. The grasses are at their best this time of year here too. You’ve captured their unique beauty perfectly, Anna! I didn’t do as well in capturing my image this week but, the heck with it, I posted it anyway! Here it is: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette-full-moon-in-morning.html

  3. It’s been years since I planted that grass but your photo has me remembering it fondly. My WV on the other hand, it makes me want to run away:
    http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette-poison-much.html

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s a pretty one, isn’t it? For some reason, I can’t view the photos of your WV. One of those WP/Blogger issues, I guess. Bummer, but will try to look again later. 😦

  4. Tina says:

    Lovely photo! I like this plant–it’a gorgeous, but it’s not reliably winter hardy here and it’s too thirsty for me to include.

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  6. mmwm says:

    So soft, and the colour variations so subtle and yet striking. My vignette is here: https://amoveablegarden.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/wednesday-vignette-6/

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

    Purple fountain grass is one of my favorites — I have it in several spots in the garden. Looks great when not flattened by rain. What hooked me on it was the mass planting I saw in southern CA years ago: so amazing in a large grouping! My WV:
    http://www.itsnotworkitsgardening.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette-texture.html

    • annamadeit says:

      I imagine it’s probably perennial in CA, wouldn’t you think? And likely rarely flattened by rain… I suppose that part would be part of whatever silver lining one might find during drought conditions.

      • hb says:

        Yes the same clump will live for years, and even survive extreme drought. It’s cut to the ground during the rainy season, so no flattening. It’s a lovely plant and thankfully sterile, so not invasive unlike other in that genus here.

        Your photo captures its silky quality so well.

        • annamadeit says:

          Thanks HB – good to know about the drought tolerance. I guess as long as it doesn’t survive the winter here, I can still consider us Zone 8. Had a bunch of other “annuals” survive the past two winters. Which kind of creeps me out…

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