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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 – how the winds blow

This week, I visited a client whose garden underwent an instant change over an afternoon, when two mature Sequoias in his and his neighbors’ back yards were struck by lighting. In addition to the complete alteration of the landscape, both … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – be careful out there!

For days now, there have been firecrackers going off in our neighborhood – all in anticipation of July 4th. Call me a party pooper (I agree – I am), but this particular week always fills me with dread. This year, … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – winter interest

It’s easy to forget, now that everything in the garden is in full, fabulous glory, but back in February, parts of my garden were completely devoid of anything worth seeing. Unless you enjoy studying the varying shades of wet soil, … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – seeking heart

The past few weeks have been heartstoppingly ugly – in so many different ways. Deaths, disease, and lastly, dismembering of families by our very own government. While the first two can be subject to excruciating heartache and sorrow, they are … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – space!!

Today, the Lilac stretching skyward behind the Fatsia is coming down. It consists of quite a stand of trunks, at least one of which is rotting, and a number of suckers. It’s the biggest Lilac I have ever seen, and … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – a random game

  While seeing the struggles of people around me may chip away at my sense of security and tug at my heart, I still often feel strangely insulated from the realities of others. I empathize, yet I’m an outside observer. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – messed up!

Those Holiday weekends always mess with my mind… until about 5 pm today, even though calendared events explicitly told me it was Wednesday, I subconsciously thought for sure it was Tuesday.  Now, over six hours later, I finally have a … Continue reading

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