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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 – reflection on space

BIG accomplishment this week – thanks to my dear husband who helped me sort out my yet mostly unedited (will it ever be?) collection of compulsively taken photos. Thousands upon thousands of photos. They have now all been tidily collected … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – koi buffet

To the great excitement of visitors, and the equally outsized dread of the garden staff, there was a Heron scoping out the juicy fish swimming in the large pond at LanSu. With the Lotus dying back and subsequently less spots … Continue reading

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Chrysanthemum and other autumnal lovelies at LanSu

During the month of November, LanSu—our wonderful Chinese garden— puts on a display of the culturally significant Chrysanthemums.  In China these marvels in all their configurations are known as one of the “Four Gentlemen of Flowers”, along with their brethren … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – thankful

Although I tend to feel grateful for at least something most every day, another year has rolled by, and it’s time to–once again–call my privileged existence into focus. Recent events serve as reminders of how tenuous all of our situation … Continue reading

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The making of a table garden with a Flash

As part of a recent project on a houseboat, I was entrusted the skull of a beloved horse. We had talked about table gardens. The topic came up as I spied this fabulous driftwood log on the bank of the … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the houseplant conundrum

Okay, so it’s November 19th, and I still haven’t gotten all of my houseplants moved inside. Bad Anna… We had some icy winds a couple of weeks ago, which did this to my beloved Fuchsia speciosa: Strangely enough, though, the … Continue reading

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Late summer/autumn garden report

It feels like an eternity since I’ve posted an actual garden report. I am the Queen of Unrealized Intentions, and big jobs that hurt—like removing shrubs, curbing ever-expanding bamboo, building paths, or pruning trees—tend to get pushed on the future. … Continue reading

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