Wednesday Vignette – messed up!

Those Holiday weekends always mess with my mind… until about 5 pm today, even though calendared events explicitly told me it was Wednesday, I subconsciously thought for sure it was Tuesday.  Now, over six hours later, I finally have a chance to post something – with less than an hour left to go, before the clock strikes Thursday in our part of the world. My apologies to anyone who might have come looking for a new Vignette.

WordPress still has me in limbo. It seemingly refuses to acknowledge comments made on Blogger posts, (or maybe it’s the reverse – with Blogger not accepting WP’s input). And, since I’m at 99.9% capacity with WP server space, who knows if this week’s photo will even make it in. It’s a shot from a recent visit to Greg Shepherd, co-owner of the ever fabulous Xera Plants. He has several gorgeous Yucca linearifolias in his hell strip. Last winter’s yo-yoing and extensive deep freezes purportedly did some serious damage to the meristem of one of them, resulting in some of its normally radiantly straight leaves assuming  sinuous curves. This disturbance to the norm will aptly represent the annoying kink in my  own time warp this week. I’ll be back on track starting tomorrow.


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 Wednesday Vignette – messed up!

  1. tonytomeo says:

    I would not have recognized that specie. It is a remarkable specimen. For a while I had all but one of the known specie of yucca here. The one that was lacking was not even a particularly rare species. I just could not procure it. I really should try to grow them all again.
    It is one minute into Thursday.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh Tony – if I would have had enough space, I would have posted a picture of all three of them together – they are STUNNING! One of the first photos in this old post shows them quite well, if you’re interested.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Not only are they impressive, but the other ‘common’ plants are nice as well. It is good to see that others appreciate the xeric plants. They should be more popular here than they are. I saw that to some degree in New Mexico, but did not stop to look around much.
        I am not familiar with the yellow Arizona cypress. It looks like a yellow Monterey cypress, which is pretty, but rather trashy. People buy it while it is so well rounded and bright yellow, like an old fashioned golden arborvitae. However, if not sprayed with fungicide regularly, It gets disfigured like a good Monterey cypress should. Most people discard them when they get disfigured. If they stay, they develop into weird but really interesting trees. I do not like yellow much, but I do happen to like both the Monterey and Arizona cypress. The ‘Blue Ice’ Arizona cypress is exquisite!

        • annamadeit says:

          I’m a big fan of the Blue Ice, too. So many beautiful plants in the world I don’t have enough light OR space for… Oh well, that’s why I have a camera! 🙂

          • tonytomeo says:

            A few years ago, I grew a few Joshua trees because I like them so much, but they can not survive here. They just grow fast and then fall over. Even while they survive, they look nothing like they do in the Mojave Desert.

          • annamadeit says:

            Funny how that works, isn’t it? I absolutely love the form of Agaves, but every time I try to grow one, even if I do my best to give them as much sun as possible, they just flop open and look almost wilty in protest to the too low light levels. I still keep trying…

          • tonytomeo says:

            Those of us who can row agaves do not often bother.

          • annamadeit says:

            Well, the grass is always greener… 😉

          • tonytomeo says:

            Is that because it is Astro Turf?

          • annamadeit says:

            Haha – up here that probably WOULD be the case. Oregon lawns are already the color of straw.

  2. Peter Herpst says:

    The curves are appealing. Beautiful and a little twisted, like all my favorite people. I’ve had one of these in a pot for years and it just kind of sits there. Maybe it’s time to release it into the garden and watch it grow.

    • annamadeit says:

      You HAVE one??? Wow – these seem like almost the holy grail of plants at this point. Yes, my dear, you should treat it like royalty! (Which I know is difficult with so many noble plants to shoehorn in…) 😉

  3. Tina says:

    I think many are messed with holiday weeks! Funny, early this morning, as I walked my old, old dog, I realized that it was Thursday and that you hadn’t posted yesterday–at least in my time! Great photo of the yucca, so full and lush, despite the winter wear.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina! Yes, it’s weird that even though I go through the motions of my day, follow my calendar, and STILL it doesn’t sink in. It’s like my week had a hiccup of sorts…

  4. Oh I love the icy blue hue of that yucca! Anna I too have had problems with commenting on Blogger from WP. The Blogger platform will not accept/recognize any of my comments which is too bad as so many garden bloggers use Blogger that I read.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m sorry it’s happening to you too. t’s good to know it isn’t just me, but annoying all the same. WP really needs to address this – it’s reminiscent of the kind of isolationist policies between Apple and PC products, and will eventually cost both sides consumer loyalties and/or engagement. It’s really tiresome to think up worthwhile comments only to have them disappear into the ether.

  5. Love the photo (and the plant and the garden), and it’s a great representative of the crazy week. I too have had my share of “what day is this?” moments.

    I wonder if you’ve tried using the “anonymous” commenting option on my blog? I’ve considered removing it, since the spam-bots seem to abuse it. But wonder if it wouldn’t be a way for you (and other WP users) to be able to comment?

  6. Kris P says:

    I like the more relaxed look of the Yucca here, Anna. Blogger recently scrapped its recognition of OpenID, which conceivably may factor into the problems you experienced in posting comments on Blogger sites. I had to change my comments settings to clear the way for people who previously logged in via their WP identify.

    • annamadeit says:

      Those curves are kind of lovely, aren’t they? The Open ID thing may very well play into the difficulties I’m having. Tried Loree’s suggestion to use the Anonymous option. I think it might have worked!

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