August Faves in the Garden

Okay, the clock just struck midnight, so technically I am now late in joining in Loree’s Fave of the Month meme, as it takes place on the last Friday of each month. Oh well, here goes:


Wish I could tell you what this is. I know it’s some kind of pond plant, but beyond that, it’s a mystery. Funny, I don’t even have a pond, but how could I possibly resist those leaves???


Some kind of Aloe which happened to be in the right place when I happened to walk by with my camera.


Scraggly as it is (should have cut it back and taken cuttings earlier on, but missed the boat) my Begonia luxurians glows in the dark, backlit by one of my new solar lights. Next year, I WILL be more on the ball with this one!


A NOID Colocasia I rescued several years ago. It rewards me by coming back – again and again – that sweet thing!

This one is a favorite every month. He truly knows how to live!

This one is a favorite every month. He truly knows how to live!


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 August Faves in the Garden

  1. annamadeit says:

    Thanks Derrick. Truthfully, they happened to be the only decent photos I had taken in a while. Figured I’d put them to good use! 🙂

  2. hb says:

    All beautiful but the one in the last photo is particularly special, with that beautiful gold and ginger variegation.

    The Aloe might be A. x spinossisima, the toothy-ness is somewhat distinctive.

  3. Alison says:

    Aw, love the ginger kitty! The light on the pond plant is pretty, good capture.

  4. Excellent shot of the NOID Colocasia! Oh and I think your pond plant might be Thalia dealbata…it’s a good one!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh my – now that I know what it is, I looked it up! Holy moly – it gets up to 6′ tall!!! Thanks for the ID – now I’m starting to wonder what I have gotten myself into…

  5. That Colocasia is gorgeous but my favorite is the sweet orange furry one.

  6. Evan says:

    Well you beat me! I swear I meant to participate on Friday, but I forgot, again. Hopefully I’ll at least get to it before August is over. Your lush favorites are a welcome relief from the sere landscape of August.

    • annamadeit says:

      Ha! It was sheer luck! I saw Hoov’s post in my email, and had a chance to read it before the day was over. You have another couple of days, Evan… 🙂

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