Wednesday Vignette – so that all may thrive

In early March, I posted a little ditty about my plant hoarding weakness. Or perhaps I should call it boundless plant curiosity. Anyway, I had just signed up for a 400 sf community garden plot. Since then, I have moved gobs of struggling beauties over there, from my shady paradise at home. Now that summer temperatures are here, I might have to visit more frequently to water, but for the first couple of months Nature helped me out, so I only averaged about one trip per week. I was astounded to see my struggling plants improve from week to week. Holy moly! Seeing them – FINALLY – in their right element, has been incredibly rewarding. And with only one visit a week, the positive changes from one week to the next felt almost unreal. Talk about boost! My little plot experiment has proven the point that ‘when given what we need, we all have the capacity to thrive’ beyond all doubt.


Yes, I broke down and planted some herbs and veggies too – but only those I classify as ‘prettibles’. Beyond that, it’s still a randomly conceived “holding tank” for various plants I wanted to test, but I do admit it feels ridiculously great to eat food you grew yourself. Ever the ornamentalist, I can totally see the allure of domestic food production. I guess I’m evolving…

I planted a number of annuals, like the poppy and nemophila. They have been making me happy for over a month now. I planted some rescues, and some things left over from a few projects. I planted things I thought were dead. And others for which I had no recollection of origin. And, I planted things I’ve gotten from friends.

Every year, we Portland garden bloggers get together and have a couple of plant swaps – one in spring and one in fall. I have gotten some really wonderful things from those; a Musella lasiocarpa, green-flowering Nicotiana langsdorffii, a lovely little Geranium I forget the name of, several Agaves… and so on. My friend Tamara of  Chickadee Gardens fame gave me starts of many of the things she grows. Lucky me! Happy to report everything is doing fab and some probably think they’ve won the lottery! I even have a flower bud on this little Eryngium I’ve had for a couple of years. SO fun! Trust me – until further notice it’s a big, happy mess!

Of course the intention was to have more room for experimenting in this new play space of mine, but don’t you think I already filled it up? I will have to do some serious editing later, but for now, I’m just enjoying seeing that things are still alive, despite being subjected to various earlier abuses (read: testing/pushing of limits). More to come, I’m sure.

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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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – so that all may thrive

  1. bergstromskan says:

    I love to hear your enthusiasm, the statement that ‘when given what we need, we all have the capacity to thrive”. Keep it up my dear.

    • annamadeit says:

      Well, it’s true, I believe! If we could only make it happen for ALL creatures on this earth, we would all be so much better off. We humans have a tendency to force everyone into the same mold, from preschool and on. We should change that.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Prettibles?! Rad!

    • annamadeit says:

      Makes sense to me… some of these vegetables have the most fabulous foliage. I love the rainbow chard!

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes! Chard is rad. I grew a garnet colored chard for the foliage years ago. When I was in school, we actually learned parsley as an ornamental that does nicely with alyssum.

        • annamadeit says:

          Haha – you would love my parsley hedge then! Not a very big hedge, but three very healthy plants side by side along the edge. I LOVE parsley, but even I can’t eat that much. I supply any neighbor who wants some, with the most beautiful parsley. It’s so nice to not have to buy it in the store anymore!

          • tonytomeo says:

            How long does it last before it bolts and dies? If you cut out the bolting parts, does it produce other shoots sort of like a perennial?

          • annamadeit says:

            Not sure – I’ve only had it for a couple of months, so it’s brand new. I don’t expect any bolting until next year.

          • tonytomeo says:

            Yes, I suppose they are more than annuals, although not quite perennials either, like biennials with the potential to produce pups in their second year.

          • annamadeit says:

            Yes, they are definitely biennials. I have my parsley supply for months to come! 🙂

  3. Tina says:

    I’m sure you’re over the moon about your happy-in-the-sun plants! Is that dino kale up front? Mmm, one of my favorite salad additions! Our greens season is just about done, but I love that stuff!

    • annamadeit says:

      Yup! Such fabulous (and useful) leaves! My first attempt at growing it, and I’m thrilled to see that it seems to thrive. And at such a rate, mind you. Since I haven’t grown many annuals in the past, I’m amazed how fast they grow. Just wow!

  4. Kris P says:

    I’m glad that you’re enjoying the new space and it’s wonderful to see your plants doing so well. I hope we continue to get peeks at it as the space evolves. My post is a critter story:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Kris, and yes – I will show peeks from it here and there. It has become a little more of a catch-all holding tank than I intended, but I guess I’ll have to live with that. It’s so nice to see the things that were pretty much dolts in my garden respond to the more suitable conditions. Makes me remember why I wanted to try them in the first place. It’s exhilarating! Once I see what they do (if I can keep them alive), I’ll decide if they can stay. Some of them can be hard to find, so I’m also thinking of this space as a place of safe-keeping. For now, anyway. 🙂

  5. Paula Stone says:

    I love your blogs, gardens and especially your delightful attitude about life.
    Right now we need people like you more than ever.
    Keep up the good work!

  6. Yay! I’m so glad you’re having fun and the plants are enjoying their new homes.

    My WV:

  7. MulchMaid says:

    Isn’t it exciting when a plant shows you what it needs by responding so positively? I know just how you feel: the several things I have moved from my shady Portland garden to my sunny Astoria slope have been exceedingly grateful and are showing it. I see many candidates for the move in the future, but first I must reclaim more gardening space from the weedy, grassy, strange mix of survivors on that slope. That’s slow going, but well worth the effort!

  8. Jason Kay says:

    It’s so great to have space in full sun. It’s a scarce commodity around my house. Now that we are moving toward retirement, we may as well sign up for a plot at the local community garden.

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