Petunia, alstroemeria petals, gentian salvia, hydrangea florets

Botanical mandala contains petunia, alstroemeria petals, gentian salvia, hydrangea florets

These colors enchant me. The subtle mauve of the hydrangea florets works so well with the gold of the inner and outer petals of the alstroemerias. Both of these flowers are easy to work with, are produced in abundance through the summer, even into the fall in our maritime climate. I use them a lot in my mandalas, as in this example from November 13, 2020.

The stripes on the inner petals of the alstroemerias act as nectar guides for bees, tipping them off to the reward of flower nectar. They’re quite visible in this species, but in some, they’re only visible to bees, or under ultra violet light, sometimes called “bee violet”.

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