Wednesday Vignette – in the abstract


We had our first snowfall of the year in Portland on Monday night, and woke up to a white world. As you can imagine, ur remaining highschooler was elated to hear a “snow day” had been called. I grabbed the camera and went outside to see what kind of pretties I could find. When I later checked the result, I found this – a shot I don’t even remember taking, but turns out to be one of my favorites. Not even sure why… I think it’s because of how the light falls, the shadows, the fuzzy outlines, and the abstractness it all created. If you really want to know, it’s a remaining piece of my crazy Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’ wrapping itself around a palm frond (Tracycarpus fortunei).

I examined this plant closer a couple of weeks ago, and realized that it seems to root from nodes along its stems that touch the ground. Maybe it also extends underground… Couldn’t quite tell…  Either way, I hacked it back pretty severely, but saved the spots where it had rooted – hoping I can dig up and give away some starts eventually. This plant can apparently be a beast in our climate (Zone 8b), but it is oh so pretty! I’m kind of glad this sudden cold kicked it into temporary submission – if only a little.

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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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – in the abstract

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  2. mmwm says:

    I love those sorts of accidental shots. Mine (not accidental, this time):

  3. My ‘Snow Queen’ was still looking pretty fabulous before the cols and now. Now it’s just kind of hanging limp. I cheated a little with the WV theme and posted lots of snow scenes. And yes, there’s still some left.

    • annamadeit says:

      Loved your snow scenes! I wouldn’t worry too much about the Snow Queen. Like I said, in a worst case scenario, pretty sure I will have starts, come spring. I’m not exaggerating – that plant spread at least 25′ along my back fence after last summer. I cut it back rather severely, and it was quite the job, as it had wound itself tightly around just about everything in its way. Next summer I’ll know better, and keep a more informed eye on it.

  4. Tina says:

    Wondered how you fared in the snow. Once you pointed out the passion vine in the photo, I recognized it. Not that particular vine, but the overall passion vine quality. I love the tendril at the right side of the photo, backlit. Swoon–just gorgeous!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina! Funny how those accidental images sometimes turn out. I weathered the snow quite well, thank you, but given how many smallish plants I have waiting for a home outside, I wonder if it wouldn’t be realistic to expect a few casualties. Not so much because of the snow, but because of the 22-25 nightly degrees we can expect over the next week or so. Might have to do a little triage rescue work before the day is over…

  5. Kris P says:

    The Snow Queen asserted herself! My own photo slips are never anywhere near as attractive. I envy your success with passionflowers. My attempts to grow them here haven’t been at all successful thus far. I’ve made up for skipping Wednesday Vignettes for the last month by posting a few of the horizon visible from my back garden:

    • annamadeit says:

      Bet you’d have more success with this somewhat brutish Queen… That said, I can never have enough of your magical horizon! I always wonder if people with that kind of view ever tire of it, or at least start taking it for granted, but so far I’ve ruled that out as simply unimaginable. 🙂

  6. hb says:

    I love atmospheric, dreamy shots like that. Well done!

  7. Peter Herpst says:

    Always a joy to see a nice splash of green in the midst of all this whiteness and hope this damned cold goes away soon.

  8. A superb shot both ethereal and tangible

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Passion fruit vines are supposed to be very easy to layer and root from cuttings. However, I have yet to get cuttings to root! I can not imagine why they do not cooperate here. I am not familiar with your cultivar.

    • annamadeit says:

      It seems she just handled it all by herself. Wherever she touched ground, roots sprouted. I can take no credit for this! 🙂

      • tonytomeo says:

        That is what others say about theirs. I am sort of pleased that mine does not do the same. It might become a problem if it made more of the same voracious vines. It would be too much of a good thing. If I were to plant one, I would prefer one of the cultivars that is grown for fruit production.

  10. Interesting photo. I like the light in it. Passion Flower is another one of those plants I would like to plant. I think it is just barely hardy in this zone.

    • annamadeit says:

      Maybe it’s root hardy if you’re generous with the mulch? I find myself wishing this one would die back each year. It’s proven quite the vigorous, assertive queen. And it grows big in a season, so maybe worth a try? If my starts survive this coldsnap we’re enduring, I will happily send you one.

  11. annamadeit says:

    This is borderline “too much of a good thing”, but we’ll see if our late coldsnap tempered her enthusiasm a little. She’s rather new to me, and now I know what to expect. 😊

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