Wednesday Vignette – stripes

Palm fronds

Saw this enticing canopy at a recent trip to Cistus Nursery.

“You really have a thing for palmate leaves”, he said. He was right. I really, really do. Maybe it is because I grew up in a land where pines and birches are the norm, and palm leaves blow those norms to smithereens. Maybe it’s because I have a built-in flair for the exotic. Maybe because they are huge, provide shade, and make great shadow patterns. And maybe I don’t really need a reason at all. They are pretty awesome, aren’t they?

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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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – stripes

  1. Tina says:

    That you love them is all that’s required. Great shot!

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    They are pretty spectacular and your image is fab!

  3. Kris P says:

    In contrast, I grew up surrounded by palm trees so the sight usually prompts a ho-hum response but your image is, nonetheless, mesmerizing. Here’s by WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Isn’t it funny how that works? I run into so many Californians who see those fabulous Agapanthus as “weeds”, and a friend from Louisiana couldn’t stand Crape Myrtles… Our environments really DO shape us!

  4. Alison says:

    They are awesome, and that’s a fabulous shot! My WV is here:

  5. Evan says:

    Though I have none in my garden, I do enjoy seeing them. I don’t think you need a reason. You like what you like, and that’s that. Here’s my WV:

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  7. mmwm says:

    Love the palmate leaves! I also live in a land of birches and white pines. Palmate = exotic! Here’s mine today:

  8. Jan Moray says:

    Nature shows it’s beauty! You did a great job of capturing it!

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