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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 – bright spots

This is not something I see often – a blooming aloe. I think it’s happened only once before, and that one was of a different variety and so long ago, that my shady garden wasn’t quite as grown up yet. … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – countdown

Don’t know about you but, in terms of light, the past few years here in the meltingpot have been a looooooooong and very dark tunnel leading in the absolute wrong direction. So, when we passed the milestone signifying 100 days … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – evolving sensibilities

I have started to see an interesting change in myself. Ever since first becoming a gardener back in the last century, I have never really liked pink very much. Granted, a lot of plants with fab leaves seem to come … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – behind bars

Somewhere in the far windings of my addled brain, I vaguely remember a skit from a Swedish 70’s variety show (HasseåTage’s Svea Hund, 1976) where the Vegetables were taunting the Rose for just being “beautiful”, and not at all “useful”.  … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – why ‘Alba’?

In horticultural Latin, “alba” means ‘white’, and yet… It always kind of annoys me when plants named ‘Alba’ turn out to be pink. The most obvious one that first comes to mind, is Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’.  The Joy Creek website … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – finding true color

So, I spend a few days a week working at Joy Creek Nursery – one of the premier sources of Hydrangeas in this part of the world. I can tell you from first hand experience that they are damn near … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – a wind is blowing

As the world is in turmoil, the most ravishing grass in the world is going to seed. As I was heading out, having just caught up on the barrage of morning news, the long, fuzzy strands of Stipa barbata were … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – so that all may thrive

In early March, I posted a little ditty about my plant hoarding weakness. Or perhaps I should call it boundless plant curiosity. Anyway, I had just signed up for a 400 sf community garden plot. Since then, I have moved … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – progressive change

My Clematis florida sieboldii has a really interesting growth pattern. It seems to move from shut to open gradually, and I can’t seem to recall whether this is the norm with other Clematis. I don’t think it is… At the … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – the monoculture mindset

So, what IS the definition of a monoculture? One of Merriam Webster’s definitions has it as: 2: a culture dominated by a single element : a prevailing culture marked by homogeneity To gardeners and farmers, it conjures up notions of … Continue reading

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