Wednesday Vignette – plants are like people


A rather belated musing this Wednesday morning… I discovered a couple of the leaves of my hardy banana plant (Musa basjoo) have gotten yellow and droopy. I apparently missed giving it the water it needs to stay happy and green. Which prompted the thought that – just like us humans – plants can live and stay alive in a place that doesn’t fill their needs, but they won’t thrive. I’ve since amended my mistake, and upped my watering, and it’s looking fabulous as it reaches for the sky. The truth of this nugget keeps nagging my consciousness, though – can you imagine if all of Earth’s creatures had what we needed, and not just enough to stay alive? What a beautiful world this would be…

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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18 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – plants are like people

  1. Kris P says:

    Sadly, I’m not sure that’ll happen in our lifetime although that’s not any reason we shouldn’t do our best to make it so. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I keep thinking of the skeletal school curriculae we have here in Portland. In some high poverty schools, the only available middle school elective is ‘Cafeteria assistant’. Can you even wrap your head around that? No wonder kids drop out…

  2. Alison says:

    It would be nice, but also miraculous, if we could figure out how to balance resources in the world so that everyone has what they need. Like Kris said, no reason to stop trying.

    My WV is here:

  3. Tina says:

    Oh, that photo is lovely! It may be that the plant was wanting (at least temporarily), but the photo itself has is painterly. I’m whining in my post, but it’s hot. 🙂

  4. Hence the reminder to keep hydrated. Now if I can just remember !

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  6. mmwm says:

    A lot to think about here. Some people (and other beings) seem to thrive on so little, and for some too much is not enough. The dividing lines between and within enough & abundance, subsistence & thriving, having what you want and wanting what you have, and so on. Mine’s here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Right? It’s mind boggling. I think contentment is a good one to strive for, but like you said – what happens when greed takes over, and too much is not enough…?

  7. What’s really sad is that the resources are there, or could be, but so much of it is tied up in greedy evil people’s hands.

    My WV…

  8. Community instead of competition.

  9. hb says:

    Lovely vignette, and the comments are great, too! Gives me a hopeful feeling. :^)

  10. From each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs.

  11. tonytomeo says:

    What is the difference? If we have enough to stay alive, we have what we need.

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