Wednesday Vignette – almost there

This past Friday, I had the privilege of a wonderful start to my day; a visit to my dear eye doc’s garden. Located on a one acre lot on a rather steep slope, it’s a cake of many layers. Near the house, it’s a beautifully styled and manicured garden with exquisite hardscaping. (More on that some other time.) As you serpentine your way down, the garden gradually transitions to forest. The fern lined path plods along under a low tree canopy toward the next turn. As you descend, the trees get larger.

The large tree trunks below are magnificent! I tried putting my arms around one, but could cover less than half. A little bit further down, there is a clearing. On this particular. somewhat cold, overcast morning, it exuded a feeling of quiet mystery. For me, this week, the brightness at the end of that path still instills hope. We’re in the home stretch, and looking at this scene calms both heart and soul. All will be well in the world.

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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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – almost there

  1. Cathy says:

    A peaceful garden for a wet Wednesday. Thank you! Light and dark in gardens are so evocative – always make me hopeful and happy.

  2. A treat for sore eyes

  3. Julie says:

    A lovely garden; it beckons us! I am looking forward to more pictures. What’s the groundcover on the slope? It looks nice studded with ferns.
    Thank you for providing these Wednesday vignettes!

    • annamadeit says:

      So happy you enjoy them! I honestly wasn’t paying much attention to the groundcover along the path. He said the former owner planted a lot of Vinca (which he has tried to remove), so that’s a possibility, but it could also be the good old invasive English Ivy, controlled by occasional mowing. That’s very common here, and there are regular ivy removal parties in our forests.

  4. Cody Walke says:

    thank you for this…I am feeling much the same

    • annamadeit says:

      There is a tiny shred of dread in my anticipation, but that’s more because I wonder what the reaction will be, even if there is a landslide. A friend called it the “extinction burst of these toxic ideas”. I thought that was spot on.

  5. How lovely and stilling for a pained soul, thank you Anna and the Doctor that shared

  6. Kris P says:

    I hope so, Anna, although I admit to feeling very nervous. That woodland scenery is a joy. Here’s my contribution:

  7. Hmmm, if this garden belongs to who I think it does I’m jealous! I’ve always meant to visit but never gotten around to it.

    My WV completely ignores the fact that our future will be decided next week. Just having fun with the season:

    • annamadeit says:

      Good for you for having fun! On one end, I try to avoid thinking about it too, and on the other, I’m completely obsessed with it.

      Yes, I’m sure we’re talking about the same person/garden. It was a case of “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” type of thing. You will love it – his garden is fabulous! The hardscaping is to die for, and it transitions so beautifully into wilder areas. And, can you believe it – there are still old donkey stables on the property. How cool is that?

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I love this analogy! I’d enjoy walking that leaf strewn path myself and can almost smell the fallen leaves. We are all a bit nervous about next week and hope light will be shed on a gloomy period of history. Or make it history, at least.

    • annamadeit says:

      You mean we ‘mericans aren’t the only ones holding our breaths?? Wow – thank you for sending us good Karma all the way from Australia, Jane! And yes – please let it become history. A friend referred to all the hateful acts of late as “the extinction burst of all those toxic ideas”.

  9. hb says:

    That last photo captures a lovely moment of discovery.

    Its been a dark four years. Post tenebras spero lucem.

    • annamadeit says:

      Indeed. And now we’re there. I feel a hell of a lot better this afternoon than I did this morning. There is light… if we can reach it. Right now it feels like it’s within reach. Fingers crossed.

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