Category Archives: Mandala

Mandala Monday: Hello Hibiscus

a little of this and a little of that from our summer garden for Dawn’s Mandala Monday

Hibiscus Mandala

Hibiscus blooms are another of the many flowers I look forward to each year…

Hibiscus Mandala A

the petals are a bit delicate and began to curl quickly…

Hibiscus Mandala (1)

 the green leaves I started the mandala with are from a naughty creeping vine that seems to really like our lawn and gardens…

Hibiscus Mandala (2)

some of the other plants I used are White Gooseneck Loosestrife … variegated leaves from our Privet bushes … tall Phlox flowers and a tiny mystery white button flower

Angel Fountain with a ray of sun

“Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose.”  ~Author Unknown

Mandala Monday: Play with your food

often I look at food and think how beautiful it is…

Reston Farmers Market*can you find the heart in my photo collage above…haven’t had the ♥ to cook it yet*

a recent trip to our local Farmer’s Market inspired me to create a mandala on a dessert plate…

Red Currant Blueberry Apple Mandala

it all started with the yummy currants which are not something we  see all that often here…

Red Currant Blueberry Apple Mandala (1)

a ring of nice fresh blueberries…

Red Currant Blueberry Apple Mandala (2)

a slice of apple crowned with one of the few Johnny Jump ups still blooming here…

Red Currant Blueberry Apple Mandala (3)joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for Mandala Monday again this week…

Mandala Monday: Daisy Green

my mandala began by using a cigar box for the foundation with a layer of sheet moss on top

Daisy Green Mandala

in the center is a green Chinese Lantern on a bed of Lemon Balm leaves or Sweet Melissa as they are also called…

Daisy Green Mandala (1)

yellow button blossoms from our Raspberry Leaf Tansy and sweet little daisies (Fleabane) considered a weed by some…

Daisy Green Mandala (2)

I am joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday again today…

Daisy Green Mandala (3)

it was fun snapping a photo of Mr and Mrs Goldfinch visiting our Hyssop

Mr & Mrs Goldfinch with Bee in the middle

only afterwards discovering a bumblebee in flight between them…

“Come forth into the light of things.   Let nature be your teacher.”  -William Wordsworth

Mandala Monday: Thank you Mother Nature

thrilled by our new passion vine’s first blooms in these hot lazy days of summer…

stages of Passiflora Incense Purple

with many thanks again to dear Lina

Passion Flower back view

everything about these exotic flowers is WOW including their delicate fragrance…

Passiflora Passion Flower

last year’s vine has started blooming too…

Passiflora Passion Flower (1)

 I found a very interesting link after preparing this post with lots more to know about “Passionflower: The Sacred Symbol”

Passiflora Passion Flower (2)

interesting that the article likened them to mandalas as that is exactly what I felt about them…

Passiflora Passion Flower (3)can you believe each bloom stays open for just one day…

Passion Flower collage

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday again this week…

Passion Flower vine from Lina

♥ thank you very much for your visit ♥

John Muir Nature Quote

Mandala Monday: Make Mine a Double …

Tiger Lily Mandala

double Tiger Lily that is…

Tiger Lily Mandala (12)

Hibiscus leaves, tiny Thyme blossoms and Campanula blooms from a plant that jumped into my shopping basket at Trader Joe’s recently…

Tiger Lily Mandala (7)

no matter how many lilies I give away they always make a reappearance…

Tiger Lily Mandala (8)

joining Dawn for Mandala Monday again this week…

Tiger Lily Mandala (11)

“And now you’ll be telling stories
of my coming back
and they won’t be false, and they won’t be true
but they’ll be real” 
― Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings

Patty Szymkowicz Nature's Majesty VA Sunset

lastly I wanted to share this beautiful sunset with you from over the weekend ♥

Mandala Monday: Blast from the not so distant past

Patty Szymkowicz Rose Bloodgood Maple Mandala

this mandala could be called “a blast from the past” as I created it and photographed it in early June before we left on our trip…

Patty Szymkowicz Rose Bloodgood Maple Mandala (1)

the garden is so generous in June here in northern Virginia and time got away from me…

Patty Szymkowicz Rose Bloodgood Maple Mandala (2)

so I am sharing these Rugosa roses and violas along with the Bloodgood Maple, Silver Artemisa and rose leaves and joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday… 

Patty Szymkowicz Rose Bloodgood Maple Mandala (3)

unless the odd rose blooms again it will be until next year that we get to smell that perfect fragrance and enjoy the delicate rosebuds and petals…

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katharine Hepburn 

Wet July Mandala Monday…

Hello and Happy July Dear Ones…

Edinburgh Flags

it is lovely to be able to connect with you all again and I look forward to getting around to visiting everyone…

Anytime is Playtime Great Britain

we had a wonderful whirlwind of precious moments while traveling in Britain and Ireland…

Killarney Ireland

much of me still drifts back to the amazing sights and experiences…

York British Rubber Duckies

we have SO many photos still to go through which is another adventure all in itself…

1 July Blue Sunshine Mandala (2)

thought I would dip my toes back in blogland by joining in with Dawn’s Mandala Monday this morning…

1 July Blue Sunshine Mandala

our Lavender is raging since I was away and the rains have prevented me from picking any upon our return…

1 July Blue Sunshine Mandala (1)it is lovely to walk out our front door when the sun is shining as the beautiful scent of Lavender wafts all around you…

York Crest over Nerro Coffee shop

it makes the bees very very happy too…

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.”  ~Allen Ginsberg

Mandala Monday: Ring around the roses

Patty Szymkowicz Rosebud Clematis Mandala

Clematis on Bishop’s Weed leaves…

Patty Szymkowicz Rosebud Clematis Mandala (1)ringed by Rugosa rose buds

Patty Szymkowicz Rosebud Clematis Mandala (2)

that dry beautifully to a darker shade of pink…

Patty Szymkowicz Rosebud Clematis Mandala (3)

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday

“Everything’s a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping.” ~Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

 

Mandala Monday: Tradescantia … Oenothera speciosa and Cherry Tarts

Virginia Spiderwort T. (Tradescantia) virginiana  can be an invasive plant but it is one I enjoy having in the garden since it is a Virginia native (at one time we had it in pink and magenta too)…

Patty Szymkowicz Spiderwort Evening Primrose MandalaI also let the pink Evening Primrose come up pretty much wherever it pleases as I like a bit of “wild” surprise in the garden and the pink blooms have a delicate fragrance…

Patty Szymkowicz Spiderwort Evening Primrose Mandala (1)I used a pretty gold scalloped piece of cardboard to build the mandala on…

Patty Szymkowicz Spiderwort Evening Primrose Mandala (2)

the cardboard originally came under a most delicious Cherry Crostata

Wegman's Cherry Crostata

I won’t tell you how many cardboards we have collected…

joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday on this Memorial Day remembering with gratitude all those that have served helping keep America the land of the free…

Mandala Monday: Dessert First

Dessert Plate Bottom

my mandala today was done on a dessert plate…

Rose Columbine May Mandalausing a columbine blossom for the center on a bed of China Girl pink rose petals with a bit of fennel greenery…

cake plate May Mandalarobin redbreasts built a nest in our climbing rose trellis on the corner of our front porch…

China Girl Robins Nest in a fairly busy place as that is the direct path from our driveway to our front door…

Robin's Nests 4I tried discouraging the robins from laying eggs there by removing the nests that now decorate a box on the back porch (I know! I felt horrible but it was before they laid any eggs and I hoped they would pick from the many other spots available in our garden)…

Robins almost clutch of eggsfinally on a rainy day I gave up and Mrs Robin built nest #5 and laid a clutch of four eggs (I snapped the photo above before she added the fourth egg)

now mockingbirds have moved in too and built a nest four posts down on the other end of the porch right by our front door… 

Mockingbird

in all the years we’ve had mockingbirds in the garden we have never seen a nest…

Rose Columbine May Mandala (2)

“Life is short.  Eat dessert first” -Jacques Torres

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday

Mandala Monday: Honey Locust Delight

Honey Locust May Mandala

for several weeks each Spring our Honey Locust tree shines in chartreuse glory later turning to regular green until the Autumn when the tiny leaves turn golden…

Honey Locust May Mandala (1)

our Wisteria has a few beautiful blooms but is nothing close to the breathtaking display we enjoyed at Dumbarton Oaks at the end of April…

Honey Locust May Mandala (2)

since green leaves hid many of our blossoms I decided to pluck some flowers to enjoy up close and personal…

Honey Locust May Mandala (3)

a few golden Buttercups in our lawn caught my attention too…

Honey Locust May Mandala (4)

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday

“The tiniest dewdrop hanging from a blade of grass in the morning is big enough to reflect the sunshine and the blue of the sky.”  -Anonymous

Mandala Monday: moment to moment

Blue White May Mandala

“That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, 

Blue and White May Mandala

is the first mark of existence.

Blue and White May Mandala (1)

It is the ordinary state of affairs.

Blue and White May Mandala (2)

Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass,

Blue and White May Mandala (3)all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—

Blue and White May Mandala (5)

is always changing, moment to moment.” ~Pema Chrodron

Blue White Mandala After

joining Dawn for her Mandala Monday

Mandala Monday: we are all connected

“The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature.” ~Jeff Cox 

collage

my husband’s parents were gardeners and shared plants with us over the years…

John and Lona Mandala

each year when this Kerria japonica blooms we think of them especially…

John and Lona Mandala (2)

nature connects us…

John and Lona Mandala (4)

and delights us again and again…

John and Lona Mandala (1)

“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” ~William Wordsworth

Virginia Byway

… joining Dawn of Girl Unwinding for her Mandala Monday