Wednesday Vignette – it’s not over ’til the Fat Boy sings…

Dark times call for dark foliage. When you peel back the dark, there is gentle light within. Just enough to give you hope. Is there still hope? Disporum longistylum ‘Fat Boy’ tells me there is. Brighter times lay ahead. No one knows whether those brighter times are caused by nuclear war heads, or by a great temporal burden lifted from our collective shoulders  – it remains to be seen.

Like the fern, we lift our heads and face our world – a gradual unraveling of ourselves, a revelation of our beliefs in relation to our surroundings. Will we choose to see the darkness, or the light?

Will we choose to be fooled by the snake in the grass?

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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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – it’s not over ’til the Fat Boy sings…

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    There’s always hope. Light and darkness exist side by side, complimenting and reflecting each other. Love your yin-yang post! My vignette is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Peter! I think most of us would choose to stay (mostly) on the bright side. Although I would totally go dark here and there, especially when it comes to foliage.

  2. Tina says:

    Beautiful photos. I’ll chime in with Peter, though I’d suggest choosing light–working for the greater good, no matter what else happens, is how we allow, or bring more light in.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Tina – I agree! Peter is right – there are always two sides to each coin. The important thing is to be able to see them both clearly, and realize that they are interactive.

  3. Alison says:

    As usual, you serve a dollop of deep thought with your interesting pictures. Today I turned up a Fritillaria flower to look at its insides, just out of curiosity. My WV post is here:

  4. bergstromskan says:

    “There is no light without darkness”. Yes contrasts seem to be our building blocks. Your pictures and your thoughts, Anna, tend stop me in the track, and help balance my mind. Thank you.

  5. There will be light, just like eventually this cold rain has to end.
    I’ve never heard of ‘Fat Boy’…but love my ‘Night Heron’
    My WV:

  6. Kris P says:

    I love that Disporum! I planted one cultivar (I don’t remember which) in my old, shady garden. It didn’t thrive but it also didn’t die – and then we moved so I don’t know if the situation improved with time. I’m very tempted to try one again but its water requirements make that problematic, even if our drought is officially over, and my Sunset guide also says I’m WAY out of Disporum’s preferred range.

    As usual, I appreciate the messages that accompanied your photos. I don’t have a Wednesday Vignette this week, just a slew of succulent photos.

  7. Lita Sollisch says:

    You are one smart lady. You pegged our situation.

  8. hb says:

    Purely based on the negative effect nuclear war would have on the golf resort business, I’d say on this point we’re going to be okay. Profit first, country second. Or third…

  9. rickii says:

    Hah! hoov nailed it!

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