Wednesday Vignette – empty chairs

Crazy week, huh? Good thing the weather is still good… I feel a lot less polarized, and certainly a lot less freaked out, in my garden. Today’s photo is from the garden of my dear leader at Joy Creek.

The genius placement of those red Verner Panton chairs in front of the shining, exfoliating, coppery red trunks of a massive Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’ is notable even on a good day. This week, those empty chairs assume an especially wide range of symbolic importance.

Though it certainly complicates things, Covid isn’t half as stifling to our situation as perpetual gridlock, distrust, and blame. Let’s fill the empty chairs around us, find our common ground, and our civility. Let the conversations and the healing start back up again. Today’s words on the countdown calendar were POISE and COMPASSION. If we approach the days ahead with that in mind, perhaps there is hope for tomorrow and beyond?

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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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – empty chairs

  1. brennie says:

    I’ve been thinking of you the last few weeks Anna, as our political futures unfold before us. Here in OZ we’ve just had a budget delivered that caters to high income earners and corporations whilst completely ignoring women, especially older women, immigrants, refugees and the poor. And you have La Donald. Reflecting upon poise and compassion should give us a little space to gather ourselves for what is yet to come. Wishing you well

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh brennie – I just want everyone to know that we DO have the power to change things. We still have that one vote, and damn it – it’s powerful. But, unless we use it, it’s useless. The hard part is staying informed to use it to our best advantage. If we slack off in that regard, we deserve everything coming our way. Democracy takes work, and we all have to do our share of it. The consequences of sitting idle are on full display right now. (But I hope that changes in November – fingers crossed.) Hang in there! ❤

  2. Tina says:

    Poise and Compassion–yes, we should all practice, and really, is it really that difficult? Taking a deep breath before we speak and act will (hopefully) move us as individuals toward a more perfect union. We have some work to do.

    Love those chairs!! And amidst all that sunshine, they really stand (or sit?) out! Thanks for hosting–here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Haha- these chairs will not sit the election out! You wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to exercise a little more care and respect, but sometimes it really is. I’d be the first to admit to a heavy dose of schadenfreude with some of this past week’s news. Michelle Obama would shake her head at me – LOL!

  3. krispeterson100 says:

    That’s a lovely place to sit down and find a moment of calm, Anna. It HAS been a difficult week, another in a long series of them. I looked out for the bright spots I could find this week too:

    • annamadeit says:

      It was such a pretty scene, in the golden light of sunset. Yes, I think we are in for lots of devastation in the next few months, regardless of who wins. I dread the looming avalanche of evictions if they don’t get their act together for another Relief Bill… It’s so hard to see the tent cities grow, but what are people going to do? There are no options… The US has come a long way for sure, but damn, there is still a lot of work to be done…

  4. Fabulous posts you’ve been doing, Anna, in these very difficult times…thanks for sending a balm out into the world…..

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Valorie – glad you are enjoying my grasping of straws… Can’t wait for this to be over. I mean, I HOPE it will be over soon. Hope you are well. ❤

  5. I am counting on better days ahead. Keep the faith Anna.

  6. ARUN GOYAL says:

    Wow ! What a scenic beauty . It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening here at

  7. hb says:

    Well said. We need uniters, not dividers.

    And such a gorgeous Arctostaphylos.

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