Wednesday Vignette – a new love

A trip to Hughes Water Gardens last week on behalf of a client, yielded the most thrilling surprise! In a place so well stocked with fantastic plants, making me jump like I did is no small feat. Sure—as some have remarked—when it comes to plants, I am often very easily seduced. But, even in the blurry brain windings of a mesmerized hort addict, this one was special. For one thing, it was as tall as I, its tips glowing with fantastic, scarlet flowers, right in my face. How could I possibly resist?IMG_3784

Everything about it is perfect! For now anyway… Fabulous, palmate leaves that silhouette beautifully against the sky , and those marvelous, silky petals. Almost better than the flowers are the buds and seed heads, both of which are supremely elegant, pointed marvels that reportedly provide both winter interest, and fodder for autumnal bouquets. Anyway, I am hooked. Hibiscus coccineus makes me smile every time I see it. And, it’s hardy too—all the way to Zone 6—which makes it almost possible to share this beauty with my mom! What about you? Any particular horticultural heartthrobs this time of year?

Hibiscus coccineus

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 – a new love

  1. rusty duck says:

    And now I too am hooked!

  2. Japanese anemones – despite their needing to be kept under control

    • annamadeit says:

      I love those too! I have one that is a bit of a spreader (I think it’s Honorine Jobert), and a nameless one that is better behaved. Both were much appreciated gifts!

  3. Tina says:

    I see exactly why you are seduced–what a beauty. Ah, falling in love, it’s so grand. 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  4. Kris P says:

    Of course you couldn’t resist! By late summer everyone could use something to brighten the garden. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Indeed we do. Or, I should say, att least I do. I currently have a million shades of green (which I love) but it’s nice to have at least a few flashes of other colors. This one totally hit the spot! Now, if I can only keep it alive… Fingers crossed!

  5. Was this your first time to Hughes? So many people think they’re only for pond plants but they’ve got a great assortment.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh no – I go there as often as I can – which sadly isn’t that often. But, it was the first time I had ever seen this one. Love at first sight! What always amazes me at Hughes is that they show me that many of the things I already have are also completely suitable for boggy conditions. I was rather stunned to see things like Ophiopogon and that spready (to the point of weediness) Rumex I seem to have everywhere, be totally happy submerged in water. Who knew???

  6. hb says:

    That is gorgeous. Your second photo is perfection. Current plant crush? Maybe Uncinia rubra ‘Belinda’s Find’, probably more appropriate to your climate than mine, but there it is. Or rather in my garden it is.

  7. janesmudgeegarden says:

    For a moment I was completely seduced. Hardy, I read, perhaps it will do well here? But a quick search tells me it likes damp ground, so I have to reluctantly put the idea out of my mind. The only Hibiscus I can grow is syriacus which can deal with our heavy frost and doesn’t mind being dry. I love any plant that can cope with our tough conditions.

    • annamadeit says:

      I know, right? … I’m cheating by keeping it in a pot with no drainage. We’ll see how long it fares alright in that kind of setting. The few sunny parts of my garden are rather dry, too.

  8. Gorgeous! But why oh why couldn’t it be hardy to zone 5?

    • annamadeit says:

      Maybe if you plant it on the lee side, and mulch it…? Worth a shot… I hear it’s easy to grow from seed. I’d be happy to send you some, once they have developed.

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