Wednesday Vignette – be careful out there!

For days now, there have been firecrackers going off in our neighborhood – all in anticipation of July 4th. Call me a party pooper (I agree – I am), but this particular week always fills me with dread. This year, we had a very dry spring, and with last year’s Eagle Creek fire in fresh memory, hearing the popping sounds outside  isn’t exactly making me feel more confident about a bunch of amateur pyro yahoos blowing off rockets. Unless the fireworks in question are aimed at the river, you’re going to have a really hard time convincing me that we’re not playing with fire.

I know I’m editorializing, but please accept this week’s gentle reminder that there are other ways to appreciate light, that are nearly as breathtaking and dramatic as fireworks (although not quite as loud). This weeks vignette is from my friend Tamara’s (of Chickadee garden fame) and her husband David’s garden. Our stroll through their fabulous farm (if you don’t know it, check it out – it has been a quite stunning transformation at near break-neck speed, over the past 2-3 years), brought many oohs and aahs on my part.


The first time I visited their property, Tamara (who is well aware of the severity of my plant addiction) kindly offered me a corner of their two acres, in which to put whatever lusty acquisitions that I have neither room, nor enough sun for in my shady haven. (I know, I know – a more reasonable gardener would not bring home things she couldn’t plant, but that’s beside the point.) Tamara, being the kind, generous friend she is, jokingly calls “my” corner “Anna’s Acres”. Gotta love that! 😀 The visit where I shot this photo was the first of my deliveries – I gave her two big plants that, quite honestly, I can’t WAIT to see planted within color-echo-shot of each other. More to come on that later… for now, my own husband is just happy that I cleared his driveway of several plants. Have a wonderful Independence Day, y’all!

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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22 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – be careful out there!

  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    There are fireworks of the nicest kind in that garden, for sure!

  2. We have ‘Elizabeth’s Bed’ in our garden 🙂

  3. Tina says:

    What a wonderful friend to offer you land, though I should add–she’s enabling you! Happy Independence Day to you!

    • annamadeit says:

      I know, right? Of course I enable her, too. We occasionally work together, and it’s both fun and bad for our respective plant addictions. Love it! 😀

  4. Mark and Gaz says:

    Generous Tamara 🙂

  5. Kris P says:

    I need a friend like that! I share your apprehensions about firework displays. We can see impressive displays for miles around from our own backyard here, which would be nice if the folks setting off their own amateur displays didn’t make me crazy. We’re in a high fire risk area. Private fireworks are also illegal here but that’s never stopped anyone and they literally continue for 2 months. Here’s my very un-4th WV:

  6. While there’ve been bangs and pops for a few nights now, things really got going last night. I dread tonight so much!!! There have been small fires in our neighborhood in the past, what will this year bring? My WV ignores the whole mess (I’m feeling very unpatriotic this year, what with the idiot in office and all)…

    • annamadeit says:

      I know… we’re invited to the other side of town this evening, and though I’m looking forward to it, I am dreading leaving the house. Usually we stay home and watch for unintended fires – and comfort the terrified cat. To brighten your spirits, check out the cover of the Daily News today. To my mind, they nailed it!

  7. Alison says:

    I hope all areas of the country that worry about wildfires come through this time of the year unscathed. So far, it hasn’t been too bad here. It seems like there are fewer places selling fireworks this year. Like others, my post today isn’t about the holiday at all. I just don’t want to celebrate the birthday of a country with at least one fundamental belief — the right to bear arms — that I’ve come to despise and that I don’t believe in. That isn’t going to change no matter who’s in the White House. I wish I lived in a country with rational gun control.

    My post:

  8. This is not my favorite holiday either. I detest loud noises and totally don’t understand how anyone enjoys firecrackers and the ones that just make noise. We don’t have pets and I feel for those who do. They are legal here but every year there are so many complaints and I wonder if it will change. It is really too dangerous to do fireworks considering how dry everything is.

    • annamadeit says:

      It‘s after midnight, and we’ve survived another 4th, without any instances, thankfully! Not sure if it’s just me, but didn’t it seem a bit quieter this year? Maybe the common consensus is coming to its senses?

  9. tonytomeo says:

    The tradition of fireworks began before dry Western States were annexed. Fireworks were probably more dangerous back then, but were probably exploded out over East Coast harbors.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, that would make sense. I don’t mind them exploding over watery expanses – at all! (In fact, I love them.) But shooting them out over the tinderbox that is our current situation… sheeshh! I’m ready to offer Darwin awards to those folks…

  10. hb says:

    I keep wondering if the idiots who shoot off fireworks in our neighborhood (where they are illegal, yes) will burn their own house down. Maybe I am hoping more than wondering, but I try not to.

    The gift of garden space is an incredible one, the best possible! We all have too many plants, don’t we? Well, no. We have the right number of plants, just not enough space.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, Hoov – I’m with you… but I guess the human mindset generally is that “it won’t happen to me”. Gosh, I wish that kind of cocky arrogance would change…

      Yes on the garden space – what a wonderful gift!!! I’m so grateful! 🙂

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