I am working on a new practice, like the practice of yoga, meditation or prayer. It is the practice of becoming bilingual in the language of animacy.
Today I finished planting my garden. It’s the last on the list of the many gardens I work in. Before digging in the dirt I took some mandala photos of the garden and flowers that touch my heart and share my time.
It was a charm* of hummingbirds that called to my son and me as we heard the hum of wings. Although the tulips and daffodils were lovely, the hedge full of humming wings most captured our attention and awe.
Flower Freeze. Tonight winter comes back with 20 degrees F. Spring was here all winter and the flowers grew.
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.”
For those new to a month for mandalas – please open this link and read the beginning of blog which explains it all. This is the last in the 4 part series LIGHT.
“My love is like a red, red rose”
A red rose is the symbol of eternal love. We give red roses on February’s Valentine’s Day to honor the lover that cupid’s arrow have chosen for us. The red rose and cupid are not the symbols of St. Valentine. They are […]
“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” Maya Angelou
There is light from within and light that shines upon us. Our light comes from deep within our soul, from the womb of our being
The first “hard frost” was a few days ago. I picked the last flowers blooming in my garden a few hours before.
I love my garden and the beauty of flowers. I love growing flowers and bringing some inside to be near their beauty and energy. These are some of the flowers from my garden from this year, in vases I love, many that I made out of clay.
I miss making mandalas with art materials. Instead I’ve created some “driveway mandalas”. It is busy springtime when my life and driveway are filled with flowers and plants
Spring is almost here. There are a few flowers blooming in St. Louis now. Their small flowers are a joy, but their small size sometimes isn’t enough.
Teaching at Kanuga F.A.C.E conference. Little did I know it would be a life-changing journey to my own and other’s deep creative heARTs.
I want the new year to be an inspiration to remember what calls to me from the depths of my soul. Reminders help me listen to what feels right on the deepest level, what brings joy and what stirs to action.
The beauty of roses in late fall have their own power. For me they are a healing balm and light. A light much needed in these darkening days.
Planting Mandalas, Mindfullness & Prayers – Connection to Creativity & Nature.This is the invitation and a beginning for A Month for Mandalas – Session 2. This blog explains what it is all about.
There are Wild Things going on in my garden and in the downtown Saint Louis Library. There are celebrations and exhibits of the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak . Wild Things have invaded my garden too.
I finished the crazy garden planting time a few weeks ago. Somehow in all the busyness surrounded by flowers, I didn’t make time to take photos. A few weeks ago, I took photos of what was blooming in my garden.
In years past I’ve received emails from the Missouri Botanical Gardens saying “the sacred lotus are blooming”. I haven’t seen the email yet this year. I hope it isn’t too late. Lotus is one of my favorite plants. Not only for its beauty, but for its spiritual meanings.
Here is my rewritten art journaling story about my stressful life in May as a garden designer. It has changed my life. The outcome is at the end of this blog.
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily,not to dare is to lose oneself.” Søren Kierkegaard. VULNERABLE & COURAGEOUS– These go hand in hand.
Oh how I miss flowers and living colors this time of year. A few days ago with new snow on the ground I visited the wholesale flower district in St. Louis. I headed for the coolers full of flowers first.
Today is a snow day for me. I often work in gardens in the winter with my helpers. Today it is too cold with a thin cover of snow. So I have the gift of unscheduled time, a day to be slow, in the moment and dream about blooming gardens that I’m missing
The hardest part about winter isn’t the cold, or the snow, or the long darkness. For me, it is the loss of flowers from late fall until spring. I buy flowers at the grocery store, I go to the wholesale flower district and spend time standing in the coolers with bucket after bucket of flowers, just so I can be around flowers.
Sunflowers. They bring beauty, joy, nourishment and healing. And their sacred geometry shows the infinity of life.
We had our first hard frost in St. Louis a few nights ago. It is always a bittersweet time, with the last sweetness of flower blooms and the bitter bite of cold the morning after.
I haven’t been taking time this year to photograph flowers from my garden as the flower mandalas they are. These are flower portraits that show the amazing details of their mandalas shapes …. When I do this my heart hurts from the intensity of beauty I see. I am reminded that at every moment this beauty is there and yet I am seldom aware of it and wonder why I am not in a perpetual state of amazement.
A Month For Mandalas – Week 2 – Remembering the Truth of Your Soul. We all have truths of who we are, who our authentic self is, what gifts we bring to the world are, what passions feed our souls. These truths are always inside of us, at our deep true core. In the quiet, in the flow of creativity these truths whisper to us. Remember them for they are always there.
A few days ago I walked out the front door and saw one of my butterfly milkweed plants – asclepias curassavica – full of monarch butterfly caterpillars. I was happy to see them, and sad that a few days before I found out exactly how desperately they need our help.
Georgia O’Keefe was born outside my hometown of Madison Wisconsin in 1887. She lived there until 1902. I recently went to Madison to visit family and friends. On the 6 plus hour long drive home to Saint Louis, I was surrounded by clouds that made me feel like I was in the twenty-four foot long Georgia O’Keefe cloud painting at the Chicago Art Institute.
Last year I got the best compliment about my garden ever. A dog walker who came by daily told me my garden looked like an Alice in Wonderland garden. Although it is mainly organized chaos and a Midwestern version of English Cottage style, I like to think of it as a wonderland with its own quite tame adventures compared to Alice’s, but adventures none-the-less.
100 Days for Mandalas – GROWTH. I am surrounded by the explosion of growth that comes into the world at springtime. Each day I walk outside to find new blossoms, new bird songs, new joys.
The blossoms of cherry trees are lovely on the tree and off, especially as they float to the ground. Seeing the petals covering the sidewalk and blown into the edges of the street
I am sending this blog to all who visit my site. It is such a joy to share my passions for the beauty of nature and the beauty of people’s creativity.
Today I am blue for flowers. Not just because it is in the midst of a very cold and long winter, but because I am feeling a grieving for the flowers that may be lost to this winter’s cold.
In the winter I look at my flower photographs, not only to remember the beauty that isn’t here now, but to bath in the light of the computer and find hope for the next growing season.
This time of quiet reflection is a balance to the busyness of the end of the year and the now gone growing season. I need to find pockets of serenity now.
It’s been a full week – full of sweetness with my two day Mandala Workshop and full of bitter with the first killing frost in my gardens. The sweetness of shared hearts and creativity during the workshop still lingers in my heart, home and home art studio.
If you live in St. Louis and you say you are “going to the garden”, it only means one thing. You are going to the Missouri Botanical Garden.
100 Days for Mandalas – Session Three – Starts August 12th, 2013. This is an announcement and invitation to join in a couple of weeks.
Each year I plant more hydrangeas in my gardens. I love the flowers with their many colors and shapes. In the last few weeks the hydrangea bushes have been blooming in a symphony of colors from white, to pink to amazing blue
Springtime has arrived and for me that means long days and crazy busyness of transforming gardens from sometimes bare earth into glorious wonders
I love the plants that grow from seed in my garden. I raised them infancy to maturity. I know them better than those I buy already growing.
Let these heart mandalas and images remind you to keep your heart open every day of the year. As we leave February, bring the heart energy of this month into all the months and days of your year.
Yes it is that blue time of year when I miss the blossoms and greens of plants. I once had a psychic tell me I lived in Atlantis and my job was to help in the creation of new flowers that would bring healing with their beauty.
The leaves are turning and the weather is chilly. Nature provides the perfect inspiration to create and see mandalas.
These fall inspirations were created by Christine Torlina at her country home.
I was one of a group of artists asked to create a bird house that would be used in a fund raiser for the new Bird Habitat Garden in University City, Missouri. The bird garden is a collaborative effort by many environmental groups, native […]
Today I am very sad, as I have been since Monday when I learned that my cousin’s daughter had suddenly lost her life. Alesondra was a beautiful young woman who touched many lives and is one of the threads in the cloth of a close-knit family that reaches far and wide.
A friend of mine […]
My dog and I go for walks in a nearby park. There are tens of thousands of trees in Forest Park, but there is only one that is my favorite. It calls to me from across the water as we cross the bridge to get nearer. […]
It is winter and I need to find Flower Love somewhere. Flower Love is when your heart opens and you feel faint simply from seeing something so beautiful that you surrender into a state of awe. During all but four months of the year, I simply step into my garden for this experience. But […]
The white garden at Sissinghurst Castle is in the most visited garden in England.Created by writer, gardener and lover of Virginia Wolff, Vita Sackville-West and her husband designed garden “rooms” in the ruins […]
I visited Monet’s garden at Giverny in the fall. I also visited the large waterlily pond paintings in the Paris museum designed by Monet to display them. Seeing both was the most powerful art and garden experience I ever had.
As usual, I experienced plant lust when I visited the Missouri Botanical Garden last weekend. It was a new flower I had only seen in catalogs. A zinnia with the most beautiful dusty rose petals, bright pink purple center and a light lime green edge on the new emerging petals. It is called Queen Lime […]
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