Are you a flower gardener? This whole mandala thing has its roots (pun intended) in starting flowers from seed. With seed-grown plants I had more flowers than I knew what to do with. I made bouquets for friends, for the local library, and everywhere around the house. Last year, on June 2, I started putting flowers in the holes of the cafe table out in the yard. My walks became sources for materials — bark, seedpods, and leaves — to combine with the flowers. The result has been the daily mandala.Growing from seed lets me try new varieties, and it’s also a lot of work. The flats take over the studio and entry to the house. My back rebels against the bending over needed to care for the sprouts. So this coming year I’m going to look toward lower maintenance, more perennials than annuals. I have an impulsive approach to garden design. This provides me with wonderful blooms, but not much continuity.  If you’re a gardener, and have suggestions for lower maintenance, flowering plants, either shrubs or perennials, I’d love to hear from you. 

Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace, iris petals, snapdragon, calendula petals and seed heads, pansies

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  1. Janet Robbins

    Salvias, yarrow (pink and yellow), lamb’s ears, rock roses, all roses, irises, poppies, society garlic, ceanothus, flowering sage, flowering borage herbs, bleeding hearts. Except for the roses, these all grow happily in the regular open garden. Roses, peruvian lilies, bluebells, only in the fenced veggie garden.

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