You know those tattered, faded prayer flags hanging around in way too many gardens? The idea is great, whether you love them visually for their tree-spanning flutteriness, or as powerful symbols of Tibetan Buddhist prayers for luck, happiness, longevity and prosperity.
But most prayer flags don't hold up too well in the garden, and end up looking, all too soon, like laundry that's been left hanging to dry too long - years too long.
Whidbey Island artist Meredith MacLeod, known for her color artistry and bird imagery, has come up with prayer flags made of durable, waterproof Tyvek. The flags are lightweight enough to flap in the wind, but tough enough to last, and you can see how well Tyvek takes color.
You can contact Meredith from her web page, or come to tomorrow's Bayview Saturday Farmers Market, where Meredith has a popular booth, with cards, journals and glass pieces as well as prayer flags.
I hung my string up against the house because the dark, rough wood shows off the clarity of the colors so well... they're a welcome jolt of color and pattern in a garden sliding toward dormancy...just think how cheery those bright birds will be on dark winter days.
Where better than a garden to display prayer flags celebrating the natural world and its creatures? I feel like in Meredith's selection of birds, she's honoring wisdom and flight, and that the prayer flags welcome wild birds into the garden.