Wednesday Vignette – tattered

Burnt Ligularia leaf

This Ligularia leaf has had a rough summer. In fact, it looks just like I usually feel on those awful, hot days – burned, tattered, dehydrated, and most definitely unraveling. The past week’s rain, cool temperatures, and benevolent breezes have been balm to weary creatures like us. In our tattered beauty, we are both celebrating. Looks like we made it through…



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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23 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – tattered

  1. Peter Herpst says:

    Glad that both you and your ligularia made it through the oppressive heat and drought of summer. Let’s hope for a gentler autumn and winter! My WV is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Peter! It’s not even mine – it’s from a pot at Joy Creek. Poor thing needs to get in the ground! Just like I want to head down to our basement when it’s 85+ degrees out. Sooo grateful for September’s gentle weather!

  2. mmwm says:

    I love photos of tattered, damaged, faded, broken things. Thank you. I hope to post a WV this evening and will link to it then.

  3. Alison says:

    There is a lot of beauty in the dying that is all around us right now as autumn continues to creep in. So you’re not mourning the loss of hot summer days? I’m not, I love the cool wet weather.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh no, not mourning – AT ALL!! My mourning happens during summer. Water is life, and it’s never seems more apparent than during our hot, dry summers, when the sweat is pouring, and I feel my burnt skin crawling. I used to love summer, when temperatures were more moderate, but at the rate we’re going, it’s more like a feeling of constant dread.

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  5. mmwm says:

    I love photos of tattered, damaged, faded, broken things. Thank you. Mine:

  6. I’m in the mourning camp, but you probably already knew that. My WV celebrates the sun…

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, yes, I knew that. I’m sorry for your loss, but I have a feeling that future summers are just going to continue to increase in length and intensity, while the bracketing seasons will keep shrinking. You and other sun worshippers will win out in the end, I’m afraid.

  7. Kris P says:

    A lovely photo as usual! I enjoy the start of fall, although our transition here is more on the order of one step forward followed by another step back. Still, our temperatures are generally more comfortable, even if we hit 90F again for a time just a week ago.

  8. hb says:

    So glad the end of summer is in sight, and nice to know I’m not the only one. May your autumn be awesome.

  9. Tina says:

    Like you, I rather like weathered plants, especially leaves and seed pods. All that living gives them character. 🙂

  10. Yah, it’s been a tough summer and a hot September, at least here.

  11. I agree. I always compare myself to a wilted flower on those hot days. I’m glad it’s over. The weather is much more tolerable now.

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