Wednesday Vignette – waiting for the drop to fall

IMG_3831.jpgFall really is here – in the case of western Oregon, it came unusually early this year. It has rained for weeks now, and for the past few weeks, leaves all around have been ablaze. Oddly enough, this rather beautiful dormancy seems to mirror events in DC – a flurry of events finally seeming to come to a hilt. Regardless of the side we’re on, I think we’re all waiting for the last drop. Life is fragile, as is a functioning democracy. Sorry I keep bringing this up, but it is so glaringly apparent. Can’t keep my eyes off the circus – I understand now why people like to watch sports. The back and forth is intense…

As always I seek peace outside, in gardens. Either my own, or those of others. The photo is from a large patch of Persicaria virginiana at Joy Creek Nursery. With a common name of ‘Jumpseed’ you can imagine that it can be a bit unruly. But – to me – few things beat its masses of wet, red flowers after a good rainstorm. I hope you too have somewhere pretty to rest your eyes.

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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28 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – waiting for the drop to fall

  1. Kris P says:

    I envy you your early rain. It’s hard not to watch events unfolding in DC but I’m trying to limit my viewing time so as not to go stark raving mad! I was seeing symbols of the current congressional activity in my own garden this week but, with plenty of chaos closer to home, I went with that for this week’s WV: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2019/10/wednesday-vignette-pipig-checks-out-our.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I limit myself to morning and evening news. And, I decided to confine my politics to a Twitter account, where all I follow is the folks doing all the analytics – journalists, lawyers, comedians (who often make me laugh when they point out the absurdities) and a few politicians on both sides, too. For now, I’m staying off most other social media. It continues to be interesting, and highly informative.
      I’m happy about the rain, but if it keeps up, it will no doubt feel like a very long winter. Our autumns are often more like indian summers, but we had none of that this year.

  2. Tina says:

    It is SO hard to keep up with our government’s antics. I want to be hopeful because I brought someone into the world who has to live with the consequences (as do all of his generation and the next ones too). Ugh.

    So, let’s talk about plants, beautiful photos–like yours!, and rain! I still have both Portland and Eugene (as well as Austin, Amman, Jordan, and Jerusalem) on my phone and, oh my, you have been wet. We’re just the opposite here, though we finally have had some rain and more is on its way. I love the jumpseed, but yeah, it looks like it could…jump! Thanks for hosting, here’s my WV:
    https://mygardenersays.com/2019/10/23/bloody-red

    • annamadeit says:

      Yes, adding to generational perpetuity makes all this so much more intense and pressing, doesn’t it? Dang – your son is hard to keep up with! I hope you have opportunities to catch up with him in all these exotic places.

  3. We gardeners are lucky aren’t we? To have somewhere pretty to rest our eyes. I can’t imagine living through these times without my garden.

    My WV:
    http://www.thedangergarden.com/2019/10/wednesday-vignette-that-clematis.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Amen to that! A typical day is interrupted by me just running outside to breathe deeply for a few moments, here and there. A perfect day, is of course spending it all outside! Hope for another one of those soon…

  4. MulchMaid says:

    I sincerely hope we are near the last drop! Like you, I can’t look away from the train wreck of the political maelstrom, though I would probably be a calmer and happier person if I did. Also like you, I find great peace in nature and my garden, and that’s loosely the focus of my post for today’s Wednesday Vignette: http://mulchmaid.blogspot.com/2019/10/wednesday-vignette-nature-does-it-best.html

    • annamadeit says:

      We are all lucky to have that kind of luxury in our lives, aren’t we? Grateful for that Every. Single. Day. Hang in there – I simply can’t imagine a change for the better NOT coming… I can’t even imagine the alternative!

  5. Alison says:

    I managed to gather my thoughts and energy and put a WV post together today. It’s here: https://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2019/10/wednesday-vignette.html

  6. Pingback: Wednesday Vignette: Vulnerable – A Moveable Garden

  7. mmwm says:

    Mine’s also about vulnerability, and though I didn’t make it overt in the post (at all), I think about our fragile democracy every day now. https://amoveablegarden.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/wednesday-vignette-vulnerable/

  8. Let’s hope honor and honesty prevail.

  9. bergstromskan says:

    I like your comparison with sports, Anna. Regardless of the atrocities that might happen in one team, the fans still continue to support them, defend them. Puzzling to me.

  10. I love that picture. Fall was late to arrive here, after an often uncomfortably warm September.

  11. annamadeit says:

    It’s always so strange when the kinds of events we’ve all gotten used to over the years get all jumbled up and distorted… Not sure quite what to expect anymore – on so very many fronts.

  12. tonytomeo says:

    I was not aware of the rain. I do not watch the weather there. It makes sense though, because it has not been coming here.

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