Wednesday Vignette – holding it all together

This past Sunday was the official dedication of the garden in Mt Angel I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. As luck would have it (or, were I of the religious kind, I might have said “the Lord would have it”) – two days before the dedication, I was able to pick up the last two plants  that had been released from the grower, as they had finally developed enough roots. Hooray! Of course I would have attended anyway, but this gave me even more reason. The goal was to get there early, while others were at mass, to sneak these two into their marked spots before the ceremony. That, however, didn’t happen. We got going a bit late, so instead, this is what we saw when we got there. The Sisters kindly waved me over to stand with them.


Though embarrassed to show up so obviously late, I obliged – the planting had to wait until later. The blessing ceremony was short, sweet, and lovely. With help from the breeze, some of the holy water sprinkled over the components of the garden managed to land on me, which made me feel oddly privileged. Late, bearing trowel and plants, and with dirt under my finger nails, I listened and mused that despite all our general morning disorganization, we managed to hold it all together. And, despite my awkwardness during the actual GardenTime interview , the editing skills of the producer made it good. It all turned out well in the end. My restless gesturing during filming had been mostly replaced with soothing imagery, and the discordant yellow flags that had held location spots for more than a month, were exchanged for two beautiful Mahonia eurybracteata.

Later, I saw the perfect literal manifestation of ‘holding it all together’ when fellow blogger Gina and I visited our talented friend William. Sometime’s it’s  faith, and sometimes it’s tangible, but it’s good to think that – somehow – all will likely turn out alright in the end. If I may be allowed to share the spirit of some of that sprinkled holy water, I’ll send those vibes on into the universe – to my friends and beyond. May it turn out well – for ALL of us.




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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13 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – holding it all together

  1. Tina says:

    Indeed–may it turn out well. What a sweet vignette and a lovely story to read first thing in the morning. Thanks for hosting, here’s mine:

  2. Kris P says:

    Congratulations on the completion of your wonderful project, Anna. That belted pot is downright cute.

  3. Alison says:

    I love the belt around the pot. What a sweet story to start my Wednesday. I’m glad your project is finally complete and has been christened.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m glad it’s completed too – for now, at least. (There are still a bunch of miniature tulips, fritillarias and narcissi left to plant in the center quadrants this fall.) Now we just have to sit back and watch it grow. 🙂

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  5. mmwm says:

    Funny, in a poetry group yesterday we were talking about letting it all fall apart 🙂 But sometimes it’s time to hold it together. To every thing there is a season. Mine:

  6. hb says:

    Religion has its roots in the love of nature, a love more of us need to return to.

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