Wednesday Vignette – fall flavors

Two independent photos for you today – both signs of our pending descent into Autumn. There is something about fall color – somewhat muted, and absolutely sublime. These two jumped out at me today

Hypoxia hemerocallida seed heads

Hypoxia hemerocallidea seed heads against the case of my lap top. I found the golden, somewhat hairy stalks fading into the dark, funnel shaped seed heads, beautiful. This is a really interesting plant, with powerful, medicinal properties. Among other things, it is used to boost the immune system in HIV patients. Read more about it here.

Normally a beautiful, cool bluish green, Little bluestem grass blows me away when the weather cools, and its colors turn. The exquisite coloring of this grass brings me joy on a daily basis, this time of year. Wish I had room for drifts of it...

Normally a beautiful, cool bluish green, Little bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)  blows me away when the weather cools, and its colors turn. The exquisite fall coloring of this grass brings me joy on a daily basis, this time of year. Wish I had room for large, voluptuous drifts of it…

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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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – fall flavors

  1. Chloris says:

    I particularly like that grass, gorgeous colours.

  2. rusty duck says:

    It is a beautiful grass. Off to see if I can find it here…

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

    Love that grass. Note that not all cultivars are so blue, but even the straight species has a surprisingly bright orange color as it goes dormant. Love it!
    My vignette:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, this particular one is ‘Standing ovation’ which is a little more upright than another favorite cultivar ‘The Blues’. I don’t think one can go wrong with whichever one – straight or cultivated. The fluffy flowers are nice too.

  4. Peter Herpst says:

    I’ve been admiring Little bluestem in Alison’s garden but don’t have any myself. Now, where could I find space… Beautiful colors. Hypoxia hemerocallidea is new to me and a very interesting plant with fabulous slithery stems. My vignette is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      I know your problem well… Not only do I not have space, but I’m dreadfully short on sunny space. My solution was another planter which could potentially be dragged out into a sunny spot, but hell – I don’t really have the ideal space for that either. Never stopped me before, though. 🙂 Hooray for cramscaping!!!

  5. hb says:

    I had ‘The Blues’ for a while. Incredibly tough little plant–unfortunately never cold enough here to turn colors in the fall like your beauty. Removed in an area rework.

    The gold-grey against violet in the other photo–beautiful!

    My vignette this week is a posed portrait. The subject happened to cooperate:

    • annamadeit says:

      Too bad that it didn’t perform for you. I figured out that it looks great with a Blue Boy Yuccas – which I imagine would do great where you are. Having fun creating a planter around it right now. 🙂

  6. annamadeit says:

    Sorry it didn’t perform for you… I found it’s a fantastic companion to Yucca ‘Blue boy’, which I bet would go gangbusters where you are. Now, if only I had that much sun…

  7. I bought a beautiful pot of Schizachyrium scoparium just last weekend. I am trying to figure out where to put it…

    My WV:

  8. Kris P says:

    You have a really flashy laptop cover! I love the bluestem grass, which I’ve always assumed didn’t grow here as I’ve never seen it in any of our local garden centers. I was surprised to find that my Sunset garden guide says it will grow in my zone so now the hunt is on! I tucked a WV into another post today:

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s awfully pretty, but according to Hoover’s comment, it doesn’t get cold enough down where you are for it to color up this way. Still, worth a try – it’s a nice grass in its blue-green state, and has really cute flowers, too. 🙂

  9. Jenn B says:

    OMG you captured the color of the grass perfectly!!! I’ve been trying to get a photo of mine for weeks now with no luck getting the awesomeness of it. Well done!👏🏼

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