Purple Aster Card with Bumblebees – Plenty for Two

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Purple aster mandala card with pairs of bumblebees is printed 5.25″ by 5.25″, a nice little size for giving, framing, or meditation. Includes envelope and free shipping. Perfect for native plant gardeners and lovers of bees. Remember, Bee as Spirit Animal brings an active, determined energy that can help you stay on track and keep going.  If you’ll be mailing your card to someone and would like me to add the correct USPS first class stamp to the envelope, please choose that option from the menu. An additional charge will apply.

Purple aster card with bumblebees is digitally printed using archival pigment inks on silky, bright white, acid-free paper. Folded card is 5.25" by 5.25" and comes with a beautifully made, bright white envelope. The photograph I used to create this purple aster mandala is printed on the back of the card with the photo location. Interior of the card is blank and the paper is super smooth, not slick, and takes gel, ballpoint, and other inks well. Perfect as a birthday or everyday greeting for a gardener, naturalist, lover of purple, or anyone who's interested in the save the bees movement, pollinators, sustainability, or native plants. The card and envelope are packaged together in a plastic sleeve and mailed in a stiffened mailer.

Framing. This purple aster card is created using high-quality materials, such as might be used in a museum. The print is sharp, bright, and frameable. To protect the vibrancy of the artwork, I frame using UV glass or acrylic, and I recommend it. If you use plain glass or acrylic, make sure you hang this sweet, little piece and all your beautiful art away from direct sunlight.

Postage. Because irregularly shaped mail, like this square purple aster card, must be canceled by hand, the U.S. Postal Service requires extra postage to deliver them. Special "butterfly stamps" carry the exact right postage to mail your bee card within the U.S. If you would like me to stamp the envelope with a butterfly stamp so it's ready for you to mail, please choose that option from the menu.

About the Art. I took the photo for this mandala, titled Plenty for Two, in the Children's Discovery Garden at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bumblebee is pollinating a New England aster, a native plant that's easy to grow in sunny to partially sunny spots in medium to even medium-dry soils (wet clay is too wet and sandy soils are too dry, so try growing asters in soils that are somewhere in-between.) Asters are super important to pollinators because they bloom late in the season when many other flowers are long gone. This period is especially critical to bees that overwinter as adults. Quick tip: When planting asters from seed in areas that get cold winters, sow in pots that you put outdoors in early January. The cold, followed by the freeze-thaw of later winter and early spring will break the dormancy of the seeds, and you won't need fancy grow lights to get your asters going. This is called winter sowing. You can try it with a wide range of native flowers and cool-season vegetable crops. Google "winter sowing" for more details.

Additional information

Weight 0.0375 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × .05 in
Stamp the envelope?

No, Yes

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Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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