Wednesday Vignette – weedy muse

Sometimes a blend of textures jump out at me that I’m just dying to emulate. Like this one, for example. It’s just stellar! A somber, bold and impactful grouping of emerging Eucomis surrounded by an airy cloud of Capsella bursa pastoris – or Shepherd’s Purse – which is quite the persistent little weed. Isn’t it fabulous? Now the trouble is of course to find something that’s not so weedy to replace the weeds with, that will still provide the same airy texture. Baby’s breath is too tall. Maybe some kind of Saxifraga? Ideas, anyone?

Eucomis and weeds

Same here, in this one. Maybe it was just how the light was falling, but good dog – this Vetch winding its way through the grass, displaying its opened, blackened seed pods as pointed points of interest across the linear structure of the grass… well, I just thought it was glorious! I have yet to think of an even remotely possible replacement for that vetch. You think Sweet peas would work? The problem is that flowers don’t really give me that angular, sexily, almost reptilian patterned goodness – all I would get is the winding habit. Maybe if I waited until they were spent Sweet peas…? After all, they are both legumes.


Anyway, you would be absolutely forgiven if you think I’m a little crazy. I am. And I get my inspiration from the most mundane things – like weeds. What inspires YOU to garden the way YOU do?

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 – weedy muse

  1. Pauline says:

    It’s the surrounding coutryside that inpires me Anna, I have lots of wild flowers in the garden, deliberately, and also their cultivated relatives. Living in the countryside, I hope the garden then blends almost seamlessly into the neighbouring fields.

    • annamadeit says:

      That sounds wonderful, Pauline! I wish I lived in the country too… fell pretty done with city life. I grew up in a very small town. I feel ready to return to that, or even better – right outside of it.

  2. Tina says:

    Like you, I’ve been inspired by serendipitous plant combos. The pairing of frothy and stiff, of ligh and dark, and others, is gratifying–if one is paying attention. You do and I think that’s the key. Here’s my Vignette ditty, thanks for hosting:

    • annamadeit says:

      They tend to just jump out at me as I walk by. I found these particular two absolutely mesmerizing, and decided right there that they needed to be committed to memory, for sure. 🙂

  3. Well, I have enough weeds to be inspired. Today’s amazing surprise was a thick yellow coat of pollen on EVERYTHING. Wow. Pollen power!

  4. Alison says:

    Right now I’m getting my inspiration from the need to simplify — mostly simplify the amount of work. That’s the darkest Eucomis I’ve ever seen, it’s really beautiful. Although even if I could find one that dark, it wouldn’t come back in my garden with any vigor, they just seem to peter out here. I love the contrast of the seedpods too. Isn’t there a grass similar to Bouteloua, but with dark horizontal inflorescences? Something like that might work.

    I wrote a short WV today that features a photo of my cat. It’s here:

  5. I find garden inspiration everywhere, as I imagine you do too.

    My WV:

  6. Kris P says:

    The texture of the Capsella reminds me of the foliage of Lotus berthelotii, which I use as a groundcover. In my climate the Lotus is very aggressive and would climb up and over the Eucomis if you didn’t manage it but then, in your climate, I suspect the Lotus wouldn’t be quite as exuberant.

  7. Sandra Lawrence says:

    As a vetch pretender, what about Kennedia nigricans “Black Coral Pea”?

  8. Those Vetch seed pods reminds me of Baptisia australis.

  9. rickii says:

    When I visited Paul Taylor’s garden I was stunned by that Eucorus, surrounded by Mexican feather grass

  10. tonytomeo says:

    My gardens are just a few miles apart, but may as well be on different planets. In the Santa Clara Valley, the garden is sunny, fertile and flat! It is ideal for growing any of the stone fruit trees, as well as pomme fruits. In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the garden is shady and steep. I must do my gardening around the redwoods. There is less usable space in ten acres than there is in a small city lot in town.

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