We asked the artist, what was your inspiration for this bowl?
My inspiration for this piece was my own garden and all of the life and challenges happening there. I’ve always wanted a beautiful pollinator garden to support our native pollinators. I have the longing to have a green thumb, but it just doesn’t seem to come natural to me. At first the seeds I planted for my “perfect” garden didn’t grow but my garden was overflowing with a straggly weed with bright white flowers. The more I pulled them, the more they seemed to spread. Being a person that prays as I go throughout the day, I asked God on more than one occasion “What’s going on here Lord? Where are the flowers for my bees?”
One day I slowed down long enough to take notice of the weeds that were always on my to-do list to pull and was taken by surprise. They were all a flutter with activity, covered in pollinators! It turns out this weed, once a nuisance to me, is Spanish Needle and is much beloved by the bees. It’s so loved in fact, that 1/3 of the yearly honey yield is from the perky white flowers of the Spanish Needle. The plant that popped up uninvited (by me) in my pollinator garden was attracting hoards of pollinators! I had a good giggle at that realization and thanked God for another answered prayer. It wasn’t answered in exactly the way I wanted, but it was answered just the same. ~ Angie Klein, Artist