Wednesday Vignette – marvelous monocultures!

Drove through some of Oregon’s farmland this week, and saw some spectacular sights. Pulled over and stopped the car several times. You know how a drift of something has a greater visual impact than just one or two of the same plant? Well – amplified, it looks like this. These are drifts on steroids!

Loved the matrix-like structural caging of the hops fields. This is how beer grows! Would love to run around in there once the hops reaches some height. I bet you could film the next Harry Potter movie in there…

Stunning red Crimson clover fields colored other parts of the landscape. So beautiful – and as discovered upon closer inspection, much loved by bees.

No better way to tell the rolling contours of the land than following the lines of planted Mustard. At least, that’s what I think it is. 

These wide expanses of visual calm was a nice change from the chaotic clutter of my very own horticultural, experimental learning lab. Which, incidentally, I have NO time to work in. Dang – if I wasn’t such a plant whore, I would totally go mono!

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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15 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – marvelous monocultures!

  1. Tina says:

    There is definitely something calming about the simplicity of rows and rows of plants.

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Seen from the air, these look like quilt patches sewn together to make a blanket to cover the earth. There is something comforting about seeing fields of crops. Yes, it would be interesting to have a garden utilizing a carefully-chosen palette of a few plants, clean lines, with a zen like feel but from one plant whore (shouldn’t we be called plant escorts?) to another, we’d never be able to do it. Plants are just so darned seductive! Come to think of it, if we’re not paid, doesn’t that make us common sluts? Speaking of never being able to stop plant shopping, my vignette is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha – plant sluts…! Thanks for making me laugh – twice! Yes, they are indeed seductive… Mind you, with my neighbor’s expanse of lawn – I kind of DO have it both ways! 🙂

  3. I still remember the first time I saw those fields of hops, very impressive! Here’s my WV:

  4. Alison says:

    The field of hops is fascinating. I’d love to see it being harvested. Someone recently told me my garden was peaceful, which surprised me. I find working in it to be calming and therapeutic, but I didn’t think it would have that effect on anyone else. My WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      I think so many are not used to being in real, well-loved gardens or even lush, green environments. It can have a huge emotional impact. I remember once, in my pre-gardener days, standing in this beautiful ravine. Before I knew it, I was crying. It was a refuge, and I felt completely at peace in it. Leaving it behind for the stresses of the the “regular” world was difficult, to say the least.

  5. Kris P says:

    I love that mass of clover! I’ve no WV to offer this week. I did have one last week but couldn’t get any of my comments posted on your blog. I’m not sure what the problem is/was. Fingers crossed that this comment lands.

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

    Huge fields of anything in bloom are certain car stoppers. Sunflowers are probably the only thing I’ve seen in person, other than corn or soybean fields (not as interesting). 🙂

    • annamadeit says:

      I saw a Sunflower field backlit by sunset once, and it is STILL one of the most amazing sights I’ve ever seen. I didn’t have a camera at the time, but the image lives on in my head… It was stunning!

  7. hb says:

    The farmland in the PNW is some of the most beautiful anywhere on earth.

    A property in the neighborhood has a grove of the native oaks, and absolutely nothing else. No weeds, either. No potted succulent by the front door. Just oaks. It’s very beautiful and I often think it would be the one monoculture I could manage–but, probably not.

  8. Love the red clover.

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