Wednesday Vignette – secret hideaway

IMG_9736There is this little room in the back of my garden. You can’t see it from anywhere else, but there is a leafy little entrance to it that – once you know it’s there – you won’t forget. Once through the chlorophyllic expanses of the Podophyllum guardians, you find yourself standing in a verdant grotto of sorts. For the past few years, there have been a couple of solar lanterns hanging from the ceiling, illuminating the tiny space as daylight fades.

The space is just large enough to hold a small bench, but as I was sitting out there this evening, watching the sky turn dark through the cloisonné of the Passiflora, I decided it’s time to ditch the bench and instead get a hammock. (And probably a mosquito net, too, come to think of it, given its proximity to my new bog.) One can do a lot of contemplating laying in a hammock, gazing up into this, methinks. And, I bet it would be a great place for a nap too, don’tcha think?

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 – secret hideaway

  1. Peter Herpst says:

    Your secret hideaway looks and sounds very peaceful; a great place for a nap!

  2. bergstromskan says:

    I will be there, listening to the tree frogs

  3. linda says:

    Oh yes !

  4. Alison says:

    It sounds like a wonderful little spot. My son did something like this with some forsythia bushes when he was little, made it into a hideaway. I don’t think there was enough room for furniture in there though.

    My WV this morning is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s just perfect! My neighbors can’t see me, and my family can’t see me. And, just as your son figured out with his hideaway, it’s small enough to hide in! Every garden should have a secret spot! (Except now I’ve blabbed all over the interwebs about mine… Duh!)

  5. Kris P says:

    It looks magical, Anna! I love those solar lanterns.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris! Found at IKEA, and I’m surprised at how well they’ve held up. Around March-April, they usually have a pretty good supply of decent solar lights. Once the weather warms, and the crowds discover them, I’ve found, they fly off the shelves rather quickly. So if you go, go early. You’d be surprised at what you might find! 🙂

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