Wednesday Vignette – changes

I have some news! I got a fun job! This week, I started my training to become a plant buyer for Teufel – a huge landscape company here on the west coast. For as much as I like design, I’ve learned that don’t really possess the self discipline and drive to maintain all the other aspects of being a business owner. I hate the feeling that I have to constantly market myself, I abhor the nuts and bolts of actually running a business – the bookkeeping, the invoicing, the bidding, the billing, the many social media presences you’re supposed to keep alive and active. Although I do like the freedom of it, I can live happily within the structure of a 40 hour work week, too.

The view from my new job. If you zoom in, you can see Mt Hood, just to the left of the tall conifers on the right.

Anyway, my husband saw the job listing, and suggested I apply. I did, and when I didn’t hear back right away, I forgot all about it. When – a month or so later – I got a call, I had all but forgotten that I had applied. I instantly liked my future boss. My second interview was onsite, and I was offered the job right there. The installations they do is on an often massive scale – a whole different level than I’m used to. They work up and down the west coast; from SoCal to BC, although the brunt of their work is centered around Oregon and Washington. Not every project is exciting, but here and there, they do some pretty fabulous installations. The most recent one I unwittingly visited was the Amazon Spheres, back in January (which right now feels like years ago). They also installed two of my favorite places in Portland; the LanSu Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden. I had no idea… For those of you who have visited the Spheres, can you even imagine tracking down all those amazing plants??? What a job!

I’ll spend my days chasing down plants, in the company of other people who love plants. Since I’m a morning person, I go in as early as I can, so I can have some free time in the afternoon. Just because they are so fun, I will keep doing occasional consultations if and when opportunity arises – to get my design wiggles out. This means I will keep my little company going, even if at half dormancy. In the event anyone were to want a more involved design from me, I might consider it, but only if they are okay with a longer turnaround. For now, I’m on a different learning curve that will take most of my energy for a while. Wish me luck, would you please?

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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29 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – changes

  1. MulchMaid says:

    Big congrats, Anna! It sounds like a great job – sourcing all those plants!!
    I’ll look forward to hearing about some of the projects you’re work on when we next talk. Have fun!!

  2. Congratulations, Anna. I was freelance for 22 years before I retired at 68. I could never have gone back to being employed, though.

  3. sweetbay103 says:

    Good luck and congratulations! This sounds like a wonderful opportunity.

  4. Julie says:

    What a rarity to have a job that brings such pleasure. Wishing you all the best.

  5. Phillip Oliver says:

    That is exciting – congratulations!

  6. Kris P says:

    Congratulations Anna!!! That sounds like a dream job for you and I hope it proves to be exactly that. I don’t think you need luck as you have all the interest, skills and energy needed for the job but I’m sending you my best wishes anyway.

    Here’s my colorful but uneventful WV:

  7. Hey, congratulations! How fun to be involved with plants on an entirely different level. Good luck!

    My WV…

  8. Gabrielle Morrow says:

    Congratulations!! What a dream job to have!!!

  9. Lucky you. Sounds like the perfect job.

  10. hb says:

    Sounds like a dream job for a plant lover, and you will be great at it. Congrats, and joy to you!

  11. brennie lee says:

    Oh Anna, that’s fantastic news.
    So happy for you.
    (And on the results of the election) too.
    Sounds like a dream job

    • annamadeit says:

      Aww, thank you, Brennie! And, YES on the election!!! Now, if we could just get the same results out of the Georgia run-offs…. then I would be totally and completely at ease. All fingers and toes crossed!

  12. rusty duck says:

    The perfect job. Congratulations. Although, as Kris says, you won’t need to rely too much on luck.
    I hope it turns out to be everything you expect and more. Things are looking up!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you! It’s so nice to work with plants all day – even if, so far, it’s mostly in spreadsheet form. It’s still fun, and I’m learning so much.

  13. Congrats Anna! Wonderful news. Sounds like you are buying for landscape installations? Didn’t know they had a big department of that. I’m guessing commercial? What fun to be able to source from near and far. Can’t wait to see you again, when I can hear more.

    • annamadeit says:

      I didn’t either when I first applied, but turns out they are HUGE! And lots of notable projects too, up and down the west coast mostly, from SoCal into BC. It will be exciting to learn all about it. 🙂

  14. wishing you much luck in your new adventure,

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