Wednesday Vignette – frost

Though the light is officially on its way back, we still have a few months of winter left. Down in the city, here in our part of the world, that usually means buckets of rain – not necessarily the kind of glittery, glorious, shiny white expanses that make my heart sing on a well spent bluebird day on the mountain. But, the past couple of days have been dry, and the mornings especially cold and frosty. We took advantage of the good weather, and spent three days inventorying the stock fields at work, finishing up today – the day before New Years Eve.

Lots of shrubs looked fantastic in their frosted glory, but the absolutely Best in Show went to our very own Oregon Grape which was hauntingly beautiful with its sugar coated edges. I figured this prickly beast could serve as a good closeout shot of a – for so many – very prickly year. As I’ve said before, I’m one of the lucky ones. But my fragile sense of wellbeing is punctured by witnessing the misfortunes of so many around me – be they friends or strangers. I’m definitely ready to turn the page on 2020.

May 2021 be a good one for all of us, with lots more sugarcoating than offered by this brutal year. I’m casting blessings, good thoughts and karma into the world, in hopes they will find someone who can benefit from them. Please add your own and pass them on. Let 2021 be the year we all sail a little higher, come hell or high water. Peace out!

Mahonia aquifolium ‘Compacta’ with fabulous, frosty edges.

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!
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14 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – frost

  1. annamadeit says:

    Reblogged this on Flutter & Hum and commented:

    This Vignette is coming to you with the sincerest hopes of better days to come – for all of us. Happy 2021, everyone. So glad we’re almost there!

  2. A welcome post, Anna. Good wishes to you, too

  3. Alicia says:

    Oregon Grape really does have fabulous frosted edges! They have that dipped in sugar look.

  4. Tina says:

    Oooh, love those frosty edges, just gorgeous!

  5. Tina says:

    Hot dog! I can comment again! Must be due to excitement about the new year. I hope it’s a good one for you and yours, and well, for all of us…:)

    • annamadeit says:

      Seriously – I’ve had the same exact experience, where for a stretch of time, I can’t comment on other blogs. Mostly of the Blogger variety, but sometimes on WP too. Anyway, glad to have you back!

  6. Kris P says:

    Lovely photo, Anna! I share your hopes for 2021, while acknowledging that we still have hills to climb before we reach the top and can once again see the panorama of possibilities a healing world has to offer. Here’s my WV: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2020/12/wednesday-vignettes-changes-in-weather.html

  7. That’s just gorgeous! I am always in awe of folks who get out and take frost photos. I’m not a morning person and I hate being cold. Thus you’ll never see frosty photos from me. Happy New Year!

    My WV: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2020/12/wednesday-vignette-force-is-strong-with.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, even a night owl could have caught this frost. I kept waiting for it to warm up, and it just didn’t happen. By lunch time, we still had those pretty, frosted leaves. It took hours for my poor toes and butt cheeks to thaw after I got home. It was a cooooold day! Or, maybe I was just too optimistically dressed.

  8. Geri Lawhon says:

    The frosty edges is such a gorgeous photo, and may 2021 be a great year for you.

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