Wednesday Vignette – home, sweet home

The same day we were scheduled to leave for a 10 day stint in Cleveland, the first flower of my long anticipated Anemonopsis opened. I had watched its pearly buds form for weeks, and cursed the timing. To my great joy, as it turned out, I hadn’t really had to fret about it – it was in full bloom when we returned, and not at all past its prime! (If its gut-socking beauty wasn’t enough to grow it, I can now add a relatively long bloom time to its virtues!) To add to todays bounty, we also had our first rain in many months. I’m sure our arid soils must be breathing a huge sigh of relief! So, for your viewing pleasure, here is a shot of my rain-kissed Anemonopsis. A great way to start my day, indeed. Wishing you all a continued wonderful Wednesday!


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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25 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – home, sweet home

  1. Alison says:

    I’m so glad it was still flowering for you when you got back. Isn’t the rain wonderful? I was delighted to see it.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh my god, Alison – you and me both! Such a blessing… unless, I suppose, you’re expected to get 3 feet in one big storm. I’m feeling very appreciative of our smaller dosage. 🙂 Fingers and toes crossed for the eastern seaboard!

  2. eve says:

    Oh, the smell after that rain, yum! This plant is just completely charming. I might need to come visit your garden again to see it (and the frogs???)

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s lovely, and yes – you are welcome any time, Eve! Haven’t seen another frog since the last one, but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard a few. Hard to tell sometimes with all those serenading crickets!

  3. Tina says:

    Rain-kissed, indeed. Glad your Anemonopsis waited for you to come home so it could show off. We’re getting rain too and wishing good things for the Carolina folks.

  4. hb says:

    Beautiful flower–glad you got to enjoy it, and congrats on the rain!

  5. That’s a beauty, I’m so glad you got to see it. I’ve got a passion flower (Passiflora lutea) that I’ve grown for at least three seasons now that finally has buds on it, it’s never bloomed for me before. I can’t wait! Although they’re small flowers and the buds are hanging off a top leaf on our tallest palm. I may need a ladder.

    Here’s my WV:

  6. Kris P says:

    It’s a lovely thing, as is the rain.

  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Knowing so well what it’s like to wait a long time for rain, I feel your joy as I do in the rain drops on your beautiful flower.

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  9. Peter Herpst says:

    A special welcome back to the Pacific Northwest; both the bloom and the rain!

  10. Dale Hickey says:

    Oh, lovely photo, and now, another plant I need to procure.

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