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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 – garden progress

Anyone who has visited my garden has usually had to do a lot of imagining, as I try to explain what this and that is for, and what I intend to do with it. And, meanwhile, more ideas and half-baked … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – shadows

Out of all the things that thrill me in the garden, shadows of one plant silhouetted onto another never fail to amuse. In this case, the shadow of a Carrot fern hit the blue-green surface of a sweet little Hosta … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – seriously?

I had planned to post a shot of today’s planting of the strolling garden at Benedictine Monastery in Mt Angel, as it is what occupied most of my day today, but then I made the mistake of watching some news. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – straws, shadows and similes

The past few days have been a whirl of hort-heavy adventures, culminating in Hortlandia – the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon’s annual Spring Extravaganza. I also had one small install completed, and made a flash visit to another larger project … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – tenuousness

Does anyone else feel like the webs and structures that keep us in line are wearing a bit thin, and even rupturing in places? What used to be as predictable as a multilane freeway has become a bumper car floor … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – weedy muse

Sometimes a blend of textures jump out at me that I’m just dying to emulate. Like this one, for example. It’s just stellar! A somber, bold and impactful grouping of emerging Eucomis surrounded by an airy cloud of Capsella bursa … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – uncertain times

If you haven’t already seen Monty Don’s fantastic 4-part series on Italian Gardens, I highly recommend it. When I first watched it, there was one garden that in particular spoke to me – the Sacro Bosco in Bomarzo, created by … Continue reading

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