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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!

Foliage followup day – December 2017

It looks like our long stretch of sun and cold winds might have ended. Lucky me – I managed to get a decent, sun-drenched shot of one of my perennial infatuations. I apologize for constantly posting shots of Melianthus major, … Continue reading

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Bloom Day – December 2017

Flowers don’t care what happens in the world – they just do their thing. And, I must say, I really, really appreciate them. The mere presence of them allow me to turn my back on the human part of the … Continue reading

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All lit up

For as much as a Grinch as I am, the one thing I really appreciate about Christmas on our side of the globe, is all the lights glimmering in an otherwise darkened world. I find the idea of an evergreen … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – tracks for Lusse

Can you believe that only a year ago, the world outside looked like this – white expanses, full of tracks of the various creatures that wondered what the hell just hit them. On December 13th, the Swedes celebrate Lusse. I always … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – appetite for blue

The way the impact of color works psychologically – if you constantly worry about your weight, you might be advised to paint your kitchen blue. Aside from being calming, and inducing of trust, honesty, and respectability, the color blue is … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – two sides… at least!

A few weeks ago, when I visited Lan Su, I was fascinated with the papery remnants of the Lotus blossoms reflecting in the pond. So intriguing, but so dreadfully difficult to capture. Reflections are mesmerizing as they often show aspects … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – Nature always wins

This week, my friend Laura (la doyenne de Gravy Lessons) had this stellar idea to go visit the remnant yard of a nearby steel fabricator. I got there a few minutes earlier than the rest of the gang. While waiting, … Continue reading

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