Wednesday Vignette – the great unfurling

So, I finally got it. That nasty crud that everyone seems to have had this winter. And just when I was thinking I was home free… well, stupid me! The Universe noted my cocky arrogance, and slapped me down good. Slept almost 36 hours between Friday night and Sunday morning, and remained suitably groggy for at least another day. Which threw me into a panic, because right now, I can’t afford to lose three whole days of time. Too. Much. Work….

Anyway, I felt better today. In fact, well enough to take a gander outside. To my delight, there are ferns popping up everywhere. More than I actually remember amassing – but who’s complaining? I love to see them awaken from their hibernation, unfurl, and stretch those fabulous fronds out for the world to see. In my recovering state, I’m feeling a kinship of sorts. After sleeping over half a week away, I too am feeling the urge to stretch my limbs and move out of my lair. In due order, since I’m playing catch-up, the rest of this week will be a lot less restful. I just hope I can manage as beautifully as the ferns do…

Athyrium ‘Ghost’

The standout today was the Ghost Fern which I had all but forgotten I planted last year. It is a hybrid between a Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum) and a Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina). A sublime awakening, indeed!

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 – the great unfurling

  1. I trust you are better now

  2. bergstromskan says:

    Take a deep breath, and then another one…and a step………Big hug from mom

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better! Sounds like we got the crud at the same time and it does feel good to be stretching our fronds again after a long hibernation. My silly vignette shows the other side of the coin; being held down by a tangle of crud. Thanks for hosting every week!

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh no – not you too…. Wish you lived closer, we could share a box (or five) of Kleenex, and commiserate together. Hope you too feel better soon, Peter! 🙂

  4. Tina says:

    Glad you’re on the mend. Work will always be there waiting….

  5. Evan Bean says:

    I’m glad you’re on the mend. Remember to breathe as you work to catch up this week. I love unfurling fronds, too. The sword ferns are so beautifully golden right now. The earliest ones have bright green leaves coming out to contrast with the golden fur. I’ve moved around 40 sword ferns from the woods to the garden in two days and I’m so glad I did, now, even if it left me exhausted after each day.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Evan – will do my best… Funny you should mention sword ferns. I have a bunch to give away, and you were one of the people I was going to ask if you wanted some more. Should I assume you have enough? 😉

  6. FlowerAlley says:

    Get better. Do not over do.

  7. Alison says:

    Glad you feel better, sorry you were overcome by the cruddy bug. So far I have avoided it. I love seeing ferns unfurl at this time of year too. Your ‘Ghost’ fern is particularly colorful. My WV today is a shot of moss and lichen on my paperbark maple tree, so there’s lots of texture. It’s here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh – moss and lichen – especially on that bark… Can’t wait to see it! Hope you escape it altogether – it has been a royal waste of my time, with no discernible benefits. Unless I’m now equipped with some phenomenal antibodies I didn’t have before…

  8. Kris P says:

    I’m sorry you were hit so hard by that bug! Your unfurling ferns are a perfect parallel for your recovery. I hope you’re back up to full speed soon. Here’s my Wednesday Vignette:

  9. Good to see someone else appreciating her ferns! Glad you’re on the upswing. Now don’t overdue it!

    My WV:

  10. hb says:

    Take care of yourself–the work isn’t going anywhere.

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  12. annamadeit says:

    Getting better, thanks! Being outside feels so good!

  13. rickii says:

    The contrast of dark and light can stand in for many things…simply lovely, just on the surface of it.

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