As the day flashed by, I got all kinds of grand ideas for what to write this week. But you know what? It’s my bedtime, and I just finished ordering plants and writing emails and plant lists, so whatever those ideas were – they will have to wait until another time. The news this week have been dreadful, and once again, shoveling gravel and thinking up pretty things proved more pleasant diversions than observing the world we continue to ravage.
I took last Sunday off, and it was wonderful. I caught up with family near and far, and spent some time outside, putzing around. What you’ll get today are some of my favorite surprises from out there. If nothing else, know this; plants just keep doing their thing, regardless of our human antics, and that, my friends, is a marvelous thing!
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!