It was at this time of year that my dad went into hospice care here at home, and whenever I came over to visit him I would always stop in the garden first to pick him some lily of the valley.
I remember him holding them up to his nose and closing his eyes and smiling as he breathed in their delightful scent. I love seeing that memory in my mind’s eye. It was only a small, simple gesture, on my part, but I think he liked it and that it helped to brighten up his last days. ❤
So each spring when the lily of the valley are in bloom, I will go out into the garden to collect some to set in a vase next to his urn.
While I was out there gathering them yesterday, I decided to pick a few other things too and then play around with them a bit. I created this little memorial mandala…
I could not bend those lily of the valley to my will, and I had to leave the stems on them because I planned to put them in a vase when I was done, so the circle got a bit choppy. Also, it was only after I had already snapped these pictures and then had my batteries die that I realized I should have arranged them so that none of them would have been upside down. I was just spiraling them around and not thinking. So all the little bells on the right are upside down. Oops! 🙃
Oh well, it’s still pretty, and I still very much enjoyed myself. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re creating something and want it to be just right, but it doesn’t have to be perfect, and I think my Papa would have liked it too! 🌸
With the lily of the valley and the addition of lilacs, this was definitely the most fragrant nature mandala I’ve made thus far.
Mmm… delicious! 😍
My little gatherings… Such pretty colors and textures – they’re even lovely just lying in the box…
I adore every one of these blossoms – yes, even the dandelions! 😉
I’m enjoying experimenting with flowers to create my nature mandalas. 🌸 And making one in memory of my Papa made this one meaningful as well. ❤
Wishing all of you a meaningful Monday and a beautiful week ahead…
✿~Peace & Love~✿