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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 – home, sweet home

The same day we were scheduled to leave for a 10 day stint in Cleveland, the first flower of my long anticipated Anemonopsis opened. I had watched its pearly buds form for weeks, and cursed the timing. To my great … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – Sticks and swan

We’re in the gently rolling hills of noburbia, outside the venerable city of Cleveland, visiting family. Needless to say, I do miss my garden – even though I know both it and the cat, are in exceptionally capable hands, so … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – what does drought tolerant mean?

Several blogger friends have recently been writing Winners and Losers posts, touting the virtues of plants sailed through this summer’s adverse conditions, and lamenting which ones didn’t (here and here). Heaven knows it’s been a hot summer, and our spring was so … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – secret hideaway

There is this little room in the back of my garden. You can’t see it from anywhere else, but there is a leafy little entrance to it that – once you know it’s there – you won’t forget. Once through … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – bragging rights

Okay, I know it’s not very attractive to brag about one’s accomplishments, but right now I feel somewhat justified… I just finished removing a clump of exceptionally root bound bamboo from an 8′ stock tank. It took me long enough… … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – baited

“If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?” This past weekend, we had a gathering of sorts, here in Portland. Some rightwing organization from our neighboring suburb … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – blessed?

About two weeks ago, while parking in the street outside our house, I noticed this dark texture – an odd knobby pattern – on something barely visible, hidden under a cluster of large leaves. The leaves belong to a ginormous … Continue reading

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