Read more about the article Hellebores rock
Hellebores flowers and petals, silk tassel tree buds, bay leaves, sea urchin spines

Hellebores rock

Hellebores rock. Their exquisite flowers bloom in winter, they thrive in shade, and are very hardy. Have you ever had to move plants for their own protection? A month ago…

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Read more about the article Early bloomers
Bottlebrush flower buds, evergreen clematis flowers, wild radish flowers and petals, Japanese maple twigs, smoky topaz

Early bloomers

My 'Stripey' auricla is the first to bloom, the others don't even have flower buds on them, so I consider it an early bloomer. I know from my gardening experience…

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Read more about the article Art in times of pandemic
Field mustard, wallflowers, succulent rosette, horsetail fern, metal beads

Art in times of pandemic

I've been thinking about how to concisely express why we respond to art in times of pandemic. I don't think I make beauty because I'm in denial about how bad…

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Read more about the article Feeling kind of cross-eyed
African bone bead, dafodills, oyster shell, clam shells, mussel shells, pansies, pussy willow branch tips, Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst'

Feeling kind of cross-eyed

African bone bead, dafodills, oyster shell, clam shells, mussel shells, pansies, pussy willow branch tips, Osteospermum 'Zion Copper Amethyst' Feeling kind of cross-eyed this morning. I think I read too…

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Read more about the article Receiving generosity
Camelia, bottle brush flower buds, horsetail fern, two kinds of shells, metal beads, pussy willow branch tips, and smoked bone beads from Africa

Receiving generosity

I'm receiving such generosity from people as I continue this practice of daily mandala making. Every week I get offers to forage in someone's garden, beads and baubles get left…

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Read more about the article Groundhog Day again
Nereocystis luetkeana (aka bull whip kelp), hellebore buds and leaves, smoky topaz, iris foetidissima seeds, mahonia and Japanese maple twigs

Groundhog Day again

It's Groundhog Day again, and it seems like it's been here for the last 11 months. However, the plants aren't stuck doing the same thing day after day, and I…

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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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