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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 – a new love

A trip to Hughes Water Gardens last week on behalf of a client, yielded the most thrilling surprise! In a place so well stocked with fantastic plants, making me jump like I did is no small feat. Sure—as some have … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the soothing green

Lately, I’ve had a tendency to forget that Tuesday night means I need to write my Vignette. I’ve developed a bad habit of catching up on the news on Youtube at night and my good intention gets lost in the … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – garden friends and foes

Almost any time I see critters flit about and make their way in my garden, I get so excited! In this world of ever shrinking diversity, I flatter myself by thinking that species of all kinds seek my little spot … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – plants are like people

A rather belated musing this Wednesday morning… I discovered a couple of the leaves of my hardy banana plant (Musa basjoo) have gotten yellow and droopy. I apparently missed giving it the water it needs to stay happy and green. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – bamboozled

My garden is a learning lab. And you can truly see how it has evolved – from the earliest proof of my infatuations of 14 years ago, when we first moved to Oregon, to my later obsessions. As we all … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – world of webs

Do you ever feel ensnared in the maelstrom of news and events constantly and violently exploding around you? The causes and effects, and obscure relations that emerge? It seems the more I read, follow along, and listen, the more my … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – raising the ceiling

Last week, I hired my friend William to help me with some pruning. With it being July, I was a bit insecure about whether one can, or even should, prune this time of year, and if so, how big branches … Continue reading

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