Botanical mandala contains delphiniums, blue fescue grass, blue margeurites, Japanese maple leaves, golden-leaved breath of heaven foliage
I don’t have a lot of blue flowers in my garden. These delphiniums are an unexpected success story. I’d never been able to keep them around. Either the slugs got them, or they keeled over, being so top heavy. Three years ago I started some from seed, and mislabelled them as Chinese forget-me-nots. Thinking that as forget-me-nots, they’d appreciate the shade, that’s where I put them. Then I put what I thought were delphiniums in the sunniest part of the north yard, As they grew, I kept thinking, “these don’t look like delphiniums”, but they were doing well, so I left things alone. The so-called forget-me-nots did well too, getting taller and taller. I staked them. Both plants produced magificent blue flowers. The forget-me-nots have reseeded, not always where I want them. The delphiniums have come back three years in a row now, with two bloom cycles a season. They’ve earned their own plant support hoops.
This mandala was made the day before Election Day, 2020, reflecting my hopes for electing Democrats around the country, replacing the current occupant of the White House with someone with values that are much more aligned with mine, including respect for all humans regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or class.