Bloom Day – December 2017

Flowers don’t care what happens in the world – they just do their thing. And, I must say, I really, really appreciate them. The mere presence of them allow me to turn my back on the human part of the planet, and instead rest my eyes on their cheerful presence.

In the Republic that is my garden, right now Mahonia ‘Charity’ is president.

Camellia Yuletide is the extremely affable VP.

The Sarcococca is the new head of the EPA, which will soon combat air pollution – or at least make it smell better.

Daphne aureomarginata will provide backup to the EPA, while maintaining her position of chief lobbyist for the SuperPAC of Sensory Indulgence.

Fatsia japonica heads the Department of Agriculture, and is in charge of pollinator food supply.

She has plenty of help from her more floriferous cousin – ‘Variegata’. (If you wonder what those colorful balls are, check out my previous post on the matter.)

Eryngium proteiflorum is new Treasury Secretary and in charge of all things silver.

Fuchsia speciosa will represent all the other Fuchsias as well, as it is still putting out buds. This earned her the nomination to lead the Department of Energy.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Wisley Cream’ whose long tentacles have the potential for far reaching positive connectivity, and has therefore been chosen to replace the outgoing Ajit Pai as Chair of the FCC.

This NOID Hellebore is shamefully prevented from voting on all and any devastating and hurriedly promoted proposed reforms, for another two weeks. Make no mistake, this plant spent last year crowded out by another plant. I am confident that with this closely watched and  contested promotion, that this year, she will sing.

Ever-elegant Schizostylis is a rare but insistently loud voice in her vehement defense of the support of creativity and beauty in the land, and will therefore ascend to taking the helm of the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Rosa ‘Hot Cocoa’, with her shifting colors and inclusive spectrum of thought, will remain a staunch proponent and advocate for the Office of Equity and Diversity. Her thorns will continue to defend creatures of all walks of life from her prominent position in my parking strip.

The somewhat prickly Osmanthus ‘Jim Porter’ will remain in his position as head of the Department of Defense.

Finally, as a unique survivor of extremely adverse conditions during dreadful and strenuous times, the red Abutilon which survived our last, record cold winter outside in a pot, will continue to steer the Office of Veteran Affairs in a manner only a true veteran can.

That’s about it for the current administration. As always, head over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens to experience current events across the globe.



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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20 Responses to Bloom Day – December 2017

  1. What a fun post!
    Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Kris P says:

    Your administration is admirably well-qualified, unlike the members of the DC cabinet. Mahonia ‘Charity’ performs so beautifully throughout the PNW but is clearly dissatisfied with current conditions in SoCal.

  3. annamadeit says:

    Ha – if it was only as well in DC… jeez – with the exception of that Alabama election this week has just been catastrophic!!! The only remotely good thing I can say about the repeal of Net Neutrality is that my youngest son suddenly became an activist. I had wondered what would make him pay attention – or more so *react* – to the world around him – now I know. I had hopes this morning, but both Corker and Rubio were somehow turned around. (Would love to learn how…) And the Arctic will be opened for business. I want to throw up. Or maybe just busy myself with the beautiful things in life…sigh!

  4. tonytomeo says:

    Mahonia and Fatsia in the same garden!? How sculptural. I am actually not familiar with that Mahonia cultivar. That eryngium is rad too. I used to grow something like that as cut flower back in the 1980s. Many of the newer varieties had not yet been invented back then.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I’m a sucker for big bold leaves. The more bling and architectural structure, the better, if you ask me. Plus, those two do alright in some shade. Those are the plants I should stick to, since they do so well. I love Eryngium, but don’t really have a great spot for it. Which is probably why it took until now to bloom (the phenomenon you talked about in your post). Hasn’t stopped me from trying, though- LOL!

  5. So what’s your secret to getting the Eryngium proteiflorum to stay alive and bloom? Please tell!!?

    • annamadeit says:

      I haven’t got a single clue… I bought it this spring, put it in a larger ceramic pot with good gravelly soil, and put it in one of the sunniest spots I have. It kept growing a tall stalk, but I couldn’t believe it when I saw the flower bud. Wish I had a better answer for you, but I don’t. Every other Eryngium I have look like nothing right now. So very weird…

  6. Alison says:

    You still have quite an interesting selection of blooms in your garden. Mahonia ‘Charity’ is making a big statement in all the PNW blogs this month, blooming up a storm.

    • annamadeit says:

      Such a great plant! I can’t wait for it to get the kind of presence that it has in the other gardens I have seen featured on this wintry Bloom Day (including yours). Merry Christmas, Alison! ❤

  7. Hi Anna, so many blooms in your garden! I especially like your camellia plant! I have never grown camellias as I always thought that they aren´t winter hardy. However, I recently read that there are some hardy camellia varieties and I think I will give it a try and plant one in my garden.
    Best wishes,

    • annamadeit says:

      Hi Lisa! I’m not sure which ones are more hardy than others, but I can tell you that we had an unusually cold winter last year. We went weeks with almost a foot of snow, and after that, we had several ice storms. Both my Camellias (which are both established) sailed through, with no damage whatsoever. Besides, I just learned from a fellow GBBD poster in South Dakota that she puts them in pots, and brings them inside in winter. I didn’t know they survived a dry indoor winter – learned something new! Go ahead – try it! Not sure what climate zone you have in Vienna, but I bet you’d have a decent shot at growing one – especially if you can offer it a protected location. Good luck, and thanks for stopping by! And, Merry Christmas!

      • Hi Anna,
        thanks a lot for the information! I think I am in climate zone 8b. This winter is has been rather mild so far with temperatures mostly over zero. Though it might get colder in January and February. Last year we had an unusually cold winter, many days with minus 15 degrees. I think I will give it a try and plant a camellia next to a wall. I also have a small garden shed, but I am not sure if the camellia would receive enough light there.
        Have a Merry Christmas too!
        Best wishes,

        • annamadeit says:

          That’s the same zone I’m in. You shouldn’t have a problem growing Camellias – at all! Light wise, it likes part sun, and there is wiggle room. My Yuletide is in quite a bit of shade from surrounding structures and trees, but is still pumping out flowers for four months, or so. A plant that earns its keep, for sure! 🙂

  8. Peter says:

    Love your garden republic’s leadership! What a fun post. Hope you’re having a very merry Christmas!

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