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

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 – 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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