I love when the lavender and echinacea bloom.

The butterflies and bees find it quickly, and work all day. Sometimes the bees sleep in clusters on the flower stalks at night. There is so much life and beauty then.

Out of all the flowers I plant for pollinators, these draw the most, except for maybe the sunflowers. Zinnias do pretty well also.

This painting I just finished is from a bouquet I photographed on my kitchen counter last year. I loved the light.

“Still Life with Lavender and Echinacea” – 11″ x14″ – Oil ©2023

This year’s lavender is just putting out new shoots, and the echinacea leaves are filling in, ready to begin putting out flower stems.

There is so much beauty. I love considering the mind of the Lord in the beauty of His Creating. Praise Him.