Wednesday Vignette – escaping the rain

I tell ya – being out of commission for a few days really messes with your sense of time. I totally spaced on what day it is today – thus this post comes later than usual. Sorry about that.

It’s a rainy, grey and generally miserable mudslinger of a day outside. I ventured out to do some Master Gardener volunteering this morning – for no other reason than I was sick and tired of laying on the couch day in and day out, trying to recover. I needed some fresh air – even if it was wet. On Wednesday mornings, I’m part of their propagation team. Armed with cough syrup and Fisherman’s Friend, I asked for a job in a remote corner where I didn’t have to talk to anyone (which triggers massive, germ-infested coughing fits). I had a a few blissful hours in the houseplant house, where I worked on Tradescantia baskets, among the Orchids and Begonias. So, since I’m already in a tropical kind of mood, I figured I’d continue that theme in today’s Vignette, with a few hitherto unposted shots from the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, which I visited a couple of weeks ago. These were from the Tropical Rainforest part of the Gardens, which seems much more tolerable and nice than the cold, wet rain currently going on outside.

Although the orchids in the greenhouse this morning were nowhere near the caliber seen here – they still managed to calm my mind and excite my senses.  And there were no birds of a soul-soaring color inciting dreams. Still, it was good to get out a little.

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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12 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – escaping the rain

  1. Kris P says:

    I’m sorry you’re under the weather (literally and figuratively), Anna. I had to Google “Fisherman’s Friend,” which thankfully sounds far nicer than what I imagined from the name. Your photo retrospective of your Cleveland trip is wonderful. The orchids in the first photo look like they were laughing (but then I often think orchids are laughing). I love the pretty blue bird too – do you know what he’s called?

    I’ve got a Wednesday Vignette this week and here it is: I hope you’re feeling much better before the week is out!

    • annamadeit says:

      I never thought orchids were laughing, but now that you mention it – it makes total sense! How funny! I had to look the bird up. I think it is called a Red Legged Honey Creeper, which I also find amusing. No matter how long I stare at that bird, red legs is NOT what comes to mind. Fisherman’s Friend is the only cough drop that actually works on me, and it disturbs me that they are becoming harder and harder to find. The rest are as effective as regular candy – in other words have no effect whatsoever – so I worry that they will disappear altogether. I might have to start hoarding FF, before everyone stops selling them. Sigh…

  2. Alison says:

    Sorry you are feeling so crappy. A bad cough, especially one that lingers forever after a bad cold or the flu, is the worst. I had that during, and for weeks after, the Fling last summer. I felt so rotten I actually skipped a day of touring to lie around in bed. I hope you feel better soon. Great shots from your Cleveland trip, especially that electric blue bird!

    I did a WV this week:

    • annamadeit says:

      Aww, being out sick during a Fling day takes the cake – that would be AWFUL!!! Yeah, my coughs linger a long time too. It’s hands down the worst part of every cold – at least for me.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    The philodendron ROX!

  4. bergstromskan says:

    I am so sorry that you are so sick Anna.Too late now, but I will ask a wise lady tomorrow for some remedy. Big hug from mamma

  5. Well done for getting out and taking these excellent shots. I hope you are fully recovered soon

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