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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!

Wednesday Vignette – the speed of time

I currently find myself in a bit of a chase. My days are whirling by so fast, I can barely keep up, juggling an extraordinary number of things. It’s so weird how time can seemingly distort itself. There was a … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the nuns are bored

Remember that meditation garden I designed last year for the Benedictine Sisters? It’s filling in nicely, and I go down to see now and then, to check on its progress. It’s only been a year and a half since we … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – catfish and Hebes

As I was up on a ladder today at Joy Creek, I found myself eye to eye with a catfish. This encounter was in preparation for our Fall Sale, and I was in full display making mode. The list of … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – fall and grace

And suddenly, without any real warning, fall is here. The equinox was yesterday. Does anyone else feel like they got cheated? The normally long, hot, languid summer disappeared, as it was somehow exchanged for a long series of more or … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignettes – hugs

You know what I miss the most about life in this pandemic? It sounds silly, but I’m a hugger. I miss hugs. I miss friends’ hugs, I miss happiness hugs, I miss supportive hugs, I miss consoling hugs, I miss … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – horse in the hospital

Ho boy, what a week! And it’s only Tuesday night… We had some unusual, freak “wind events” these past couple of smoky days (50+ mph) – courtesy of the extreme temperatures to the south of us, and the millions of … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the crowning missus

About three years ago, my boss Maurice and his husband George took down a row of declining poplars. But, instead of doing what most people do, they chose to not have them removed. Instead, they left the base of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – waves

Saturday was a good day in our little bubble. The August birthdays of myself and my best beloved fall within three days of each other. Normally we would have taken a much longer time out to celebrate, but of course … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the path

My big event this week, was the finishing (FINALLY!!!) of a little pathway connecting the back of the garage with the newly raised and refurbished fire pit patio that I sweated over a few weeks ago. This work was preceded … Continue reading

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