Wednesday Vignette – foliar flair

This week’s vignette is a couple of snippets of what stirs up happiness in an otherwise overwhelmed heart. It seems my days are currently broken up by gazillions of little things that need tending to. Some near home, others clear across town. In terms of what I WANT to do, nothing gets done – and time just keeps on moving on. Meanwhile, I slip deeper and deeper into the backwash of life.

Anyway, enough whining… At least I got to have breakfast in the garden this morning, before I had to step on the hamster wheel. It was brief, but I enjoyed it very much. Here are a couple of shots of what aggravated my longing to spend more time out there…


Yucca rostrata and Brachyglottis greyii reaching for the sun.


Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’ and Holboellia angustifolia engaged in conversation.

I hope to spend some quality time out there soon. Hope you all have a great week!


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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14 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – foliar flair

  1. Great, sculptural, shots

  2. hb says:

    Always love that Brachyglottis whenever I see it. So elegant.

    I too often feel like Lucy and Ethel working the conveyor belt at the chocolate factory, the stuff just keeps on coming, and it’s impossible to keep up.

    Hah, my vignette has a pair of plants conversing as well.

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Oh, the hamster wheel, sigh. Hope you get to spend more time enjoying your garden soon. My WV is here:

  4. Alison says:

    I hope you find more time to spend out in your garden soon! It’s so restorative. My WV is here:

  5. You are a very busy lady…hope life throws a couple days (hours?) off at you soon. Love your vignettes and still hope to see your garden, someday.

    My WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Being busy is okay as long as it’s a good, productive busy, but the stuff I’ve been dealing with lately has felt more like waste of this most precious commodity – time. Don’t you worry – I will invite you over some time – hopefully sooner than later. 🙂

  6. Kris P says:

    These are 2 lovely plant combinations and I fully understand the need to spend more time admiring them and the rest of your garden. I hope you get some time off the hamster wheel soon – one can run only so long before recharging. Best wishes for winding up the week at a slower pace. My WV is embedded in yet another Fling post:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris – vacation is coming up next week. Which currently stresses me out even more. So many things to arrange before one can relax… Such a first world problem, I should be ashamed for whining about it…

  7. Tina says:

    You certainly have lovely breakfast companions. I hope that life slows just a bit for you, so you can enjoy their company more often. I’m joining in today’s Wednesday Vignette for the first time–thanks for hosting!

  8. annamadeit says:

    Oh how fun – welcome, Tina! I just get overwhelmed with everything I want to do, but never have time for because those pesky life chores are demanding attention.

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