Wednesday Vignette – confetti

Thalictrum 'Hewitt's Double'

Thalictrum ‘Hewitt’s Double’

I’m in a bit of a state of disbelief about out weather. It’s been raining for three days – IN FREAKIN’ SEPTEMBER!!! What’s up with that?? Big, wet, sloppy drops drenching anyone who ventures outside, in mere minutes. It would seem perfectly normal if it was about two months from now, but September here is usually still rather hot and very dry.

I’m not complaining. Not at all! I wanted to play outside, but had a lot of work to do, so the timing of the rain showers helped me summon the resolve I needed to dutifully stay by my desk. It feels nice to not have to worry about watering. Everything is so effortlessly lush and green, thanks to this wonderful, premature, autumnal gift! Mostly green, it seems, but then there is this – an explosion of tiny purple fuzz balls. I have to say I’m quite taken with it. It hasn’t succumbed to the abundant rain either. It holds its little flowers high and proud, as it brightens this otherwise gray week. Enchanté, sweet Hewitt!

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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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – confetti

  1. Tina says:

    I love that photo–it screams “sweet!” (If “sweet” can scream…). We’re still high and dry here–I’m having to water, still. I’m itching to get into the garden to make some–many–changes, but will need to bide my time further until our weather pattern softens a bit. Enjoy your wet stuff; I’m jealous! Thanks for hosting:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina! Yeah, this summer has been quite an anomaly… Not only did we have quite moderate temperatures, and at least a couple of rainy days in August. Totally unheard of – as far as I know anyway. Admittedly MUCH more to my liking than our usual hot and dry, but it’s definitely not the norm.

    • tonytomeo says:

      Ha! It does! “SWEET!”

  2. Kris P says:

    I’d be dancing if we got rain right now! We’ll be lucky if we have any within 2 months as forecasters are predicting a less than “normal” accumulation this year. I love the Thalictrum, another genus that doesn’t enjoy life in SoCal. Best wishes tackling that desk work. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Fingers crossed for some rain for you, Kris! You may not be able to grow Thalictrum, but good god – your garden contains SO many amazing plants I can’t grow up here… Looking forward to another rainy day – I’m in the process of revamping an entire garden for a client, and hope to have some decent ideas to show them by the end of today.

  3. Alison says:

    It looks like there is a break coming up, during which I will plant some things as quickly as I can, so I can take advantage of the fact that they will get watered in this early in the autumn. I didn’t plant in August when it rained because I wasn’t positive the rain was back for good, but now it really does seem to be trying to make up for the dry spring. The rain and wind we got here yesterday was very much like a typical late October/November storm. It blew my greenhouse door shut, even though it was being held open with a heavy brick.

    That’s a pretty shot of the Thalictrum. A great plant.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Alison! You’re experiencing it too, huh? It’s a little strange, but I gratefully accept it. Moved my Japanese Umbrella Pine to a much better spot last week, and have barely had to even keep an eye on it, with all this freebie water. I love it! After William came through and helped me limb things up, and prune things back, I have so much space to plant things. I just haven’t had time to do it. Can’t wait to, though…. Even if I only have room for half of my homeless plants, it will look so much better. Plant and edit, plant and edit…

  4. I’ll complain enough for the both of us, no worries. This is ridiculous! Too early, too much. Ugh.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, although I appreciate all that wet goodness, even I feel a little cheated. This was one summer I actually enjoyed. Mind you, I don’t think it’s quite over yet – this is just an irrigation break. 😉

  5. Birgitta Bergström says:

    Please, save some rain for Ohio

  6. Birgitta Bergström says:

    Please, save some rain for Ohio

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  8. Great plant, I need one or three. Weather here is irritating as well – humid and unseasonably warm, sapping my determination to keep up with the garden chores

  9. hb says:

    The Thalictrum is lovely. Not a plant I see here, so it is nice to see yours.

    They are predicting a modest chance of a little rain here at the end of this week. Which is even more unusual in SoCal. than up north. Here we never say no to rain, ever.

  10. tonytomeo says:

    When I saw ‘confetti’ I thought it might be about that little variegated Abelia. This is more fun of course.

  11. Monika M says:

    Hello Anna, beautiful photo! Autumn is unpredictable but I am surprised that in my country it is so sunny while previous years were full of rainy days. All in all, it is better for me not only because I prefer sunny weather but also because my plants grow better then..You know, the better the weather the better my plants behave. I see that you also grow Thalictrum. It is a beautiful ornamental plant which is a perfect decoration in my garden. I bought its seeds from and at the beginning I had some problems because I used wrong soil and the plant was sprouting quite long. But when I changed it, Thalictrum revived.

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