Read more about the article First things first
Blue-eyed daisy, violets, mahonia leavess, flowers and buds, horsetail fern, ribes sanguinium

First things first

Sometimes I have trouble with the concept of first things first. Not because I think it's invalid, but because there are many things I think should be first - making…

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Read more about the article Signs of spring
Marble, maidenhair fern shoots and leaves, bay leaves and flowers, ribes sanguineum Inverness flower buds and leaves, horsetail ferns, shell

Signs of spring

Today's offering definitely features signs of spring. I'm heartened by the unfurling little maidenhair fern tendrils, and the ribes sanguinium flower buds. This one has white flowers, and it's named…

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Read more about the article Share the joy
Rocks, birch leaves, mastadon ivory, deodor cedar seed squiggles, iris foetidissima berries, amber beads, horse tail fern, fir cone seeds, hop seed bush leaves

Share the joy

One of the reasons I make these botanical designs is that I want to share the joy that I get when I make them. For months I've posted them on…

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Read more about the article This too shall pass
Mahonia leaf, bottlebrush flower buds, eucalyptus caps, smoky topaz, abalone, christmas cactus, daphne flower bud, pussy willow twigs

This too shall pass

This too shall pass, and thank goodness for that. Woke up with a case of the "f-its". so reminding myself that everything changes, nothing stays the same is an excellent…

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Read more about the article Mandalas connect us
Marbles, sand dollar, bird breast bone, society garlic leaves, foetidissima iris seeds, clay beads, Mexican orange flower buds, acuba leaves

Mandalas connect us

Mandalas do connect us. I just had a deep, moving conversation with a woman I knew only slightly til this morning. We both volunteer for the Center for Common Ground's…

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Read more about the article Gratitude
Camelia, mahonia leaves, flower buds and flowers, smoky topaz, boxwood leaves, bay leaves, Japanese maple twigs, and dried flower buds from the Stunt Ranch Road Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains

Gratitude

Gratitude - one of the most amazing things about making this book and now this website, is how many people offer their gardens to me. "Take whatever you like, as…

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Read more about the article Apology
Serrano peppers, pussy willow buds, silk tassel tree buds, douglas fir cones, Christmas cactus

Apology

I'm so sorry I blew it this morning. I made the mandala, posted it to social media, and then got totally distracted by my new camera. It's the new iPhone,…

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Read more about the article Signs of Spring
African seed pod, rhododendron flower and leaves, christmas cactus, Mexican orange flowers, clay beads, heelebore petals and centers, budding pussy willow

Signs of Spring

There are signs of spring, aligning with the cycle of the Biden/Harris administration. Hellebores are among the first to bloom in my garden. The Mexican orange comes from down the…

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