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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 – time to find our humanity

Today, I did a consultation (outside, in the fresh open air, and while keeping CDC recommended distance requirements, mind you) with someone who had written not one, but TWO books on a very niche, and rather obscure and unusual subject … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the changing of our ways

So much happened in a week, huh? This is so strange…. All of a sudden, we are surrounded by this invisible, erratic, unpredictable, microscopically beautiful dominatrix named Corona, who quite forcibly is making us change our ways. Arrogance and defiance … Continue reading

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Bloom Day – March 2020

So far, we’ve pretty much had a non-winter, which could also be interpreted as a early spring. We’ve been spoiled by abundant early blooms FAR earlier than normal. So imagine my surprise, when I woke up to a white world … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the thing with spring

The thing with spring is that it’s damn hard to focus on anything other than what’s going on outside. Every few hours, I find myself making excuses to go outside to see what else is happening. Has the little Podophyllum … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – eat the cake and have it too

This week’s musings is about the power of human weakness – particularly my own. I’m pretty good at rationalizing the future benefits of this pathetic lack of restraint, though. Some benefits, in fact, will be rather instantaneous. Let me explain. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – getting in line

Even though I hate the gladiator-like format of those things, I tuned in to the debate last night, and forced myself to sit through it. It often deteriorated into shouting matches, with candidates taking jabs at each other. I had … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – a little reductive gardening

Just as we were sitting down to eat, we heard a big SCCRRRRRAAAPE outside. I’m not sure how in the world our sweet seventeen managed to accomplish this, but as I jumped out of my seat to stare out the … Continue reading

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