Allium heads and stems,  shells, wooden balls


This spring I had a wonderful crop of allium, a member of the onion family. I first saw them on a visit to San Francisco and fell in love. Every fall I shop for new varieties to add to my collection. Allium blooms early in the spring along with the first irises and exude exuberance. They remind me of fireworks going off.  I harvested the spent stems and heads for this mandala. The shells came from Beverly, Massachusetts  and were collected on a visit to my sister Sheila’s house. The wooden balls are lovely materials left over from our clock making business.