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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 – holding it all together

This past Sunday was the official dedication of the garden in Mt Angel I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. As luck would have it (or, were I of the religious kind, I might have said “the Lord would … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – timing

Since O moved to Sweden a month ago, his dearly beloved Tank has become my pal, instead. Still, I like to Viber photos of Tank to him, now and then, so he knows he is missed. By ALL of us, … Continue reading

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Create… create!

As luck would have it, Judy – one of the GardenTime co-hosts – had visited Joy Creek and gotten a kick out of the table gardens on display out there. Long story short – as some of you may have … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – for protection only

So, it’s the week of Independence Day, when patriotism and pride should run high. I would argue that those kinds of sentiments are best against a backdrop of joy, compassion, generosity, and love of your fellow humans. The United States … Continue reading

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Filming at the Queen of Angels Monastery

In anticipation of the official dedication ceremony of a garden I recently designed for the Benedictine Sisters of Mt Angel, I spent a couple of hours with the wonderful crew of GardenTime – a local garden TV show here in … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – vetting

A beautiful day on the surface, but such a dark, dark day for Americans. Children in windowless warehouses with no access to basic necessities, trying to understand why they are there, and crying for their families, in inhumane conditions, stripped … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – my first Tell the Truth Tuesday

It’s a good thing I have kind and patient neighbors. Our west side yard, facing their house, has undergone many changes and experiments, and it’s time for yet another revision. Each time, there seems to be an ever so slight … Continue reading

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