Wednesday Vignette – what dwells beyond

fullsizeoutput_927Those who know me, know that I have a special place in my heart for old, rusty things. This old cart caught my eye at a recent visit to Joy Creek Nursery. It is deliberately planted in a carpet of Sedum ‘Angelina’, its chartreuse color glowing through the ruptured, rusted-through surface. Although one can see the green of the Sedum shine through from the other side – without the contrast of the disintegrating top, it would not have been half as remarkable. Once again, I am reminded of the importance of juxtaposition and contrast – in life as well as with visual matters. They strengthen each other. If it weren’t for the bad days, we wouldn’t fully recognize the good days for what they are. Today was a sweet blend of reunion, camaraderie, new experiences, and fun. It was a good day.

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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8 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – what dwells beyond

  1. hb says:

    Rust and Angelina: cool! The garden cart rusting into the soil is slowly becoming the garden…that’s cool, too.

    I found an “only in California” garden for a vignette.

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Decay and new life, a visual treat and valuable lesson that the garden teaches us. Great shot! My WV came from the big show:

  3. As I paged down I couldn’t help but find that scene familiar, a Joy Creek…of course! Here’s my WV:

  4. Pingback: Wednesday Vignette – A Moveable Garden

  5. Kris P says:

    Yay! It sounds as though you had a good day at the NWFGS. My WV is a grab bag of sorts, with an early spring theme:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh no – I haven’t even left for Seattle yet. The photo was from Joy Creek – one of our fabulous local nurseries, where I’m happy to say I will be working part time this summer. You would love it – they have great plants!

  6. Love that shot, Anna. Once again you captured a story in one shot. Lovely!

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