After a couple of weeks when I sometimes felt my heart was being put through a blender I have at last felt more settled this past weekend.
The sun was shining, and a lovely e-mail from a friend made me happy too. We also went to a winter food/craft market at Holker Hall in Cumbria on Saturday morning. Much cake was purchased, which might not help the Christmas abs challenge. I also confess to waffles with Maple syrup.. I like Maple syrup.
There were also lots of friendly doggies there 🙂
As I don’t possess a smartphone and the SLR (or the iPad) is a pain to lug around it is hard to take spontaneous pictures at things like this so I am considering buying a small cheap compact camera I can keep in a jacket pocket.
Though the sun gave me a drawing/gardening dilemma I did manage to make great progress on my current Geissorhiza picture and have almost finished it. The two pictures give a rough idea of the progress made this week. I have finished the flowers and moved on to filling in stems and leaves. When I finish this I will post a better picture without the grey background!
As last time I will expand on details of some of the species included. Today concentrating on the bottom left foreground. The tiny pink G. ovata and the yellow G. corrugata
Both these species (like the genus as a whole) are native to the western cape of South Africa.
Geissorhiza ovata is the more widespread though it is tiny (around 5-10 cm tall) and easily overlooked. It also tends to flower better after a bush fire, which makes it especially inconspicuous in non-fire years. I have tried and failed to grow this from seed and have now given up. This picture was taken by me near Betty’s Bay, RSA.
Geissorhiza corrugata is more showy, and in the wild has attractive tightly coiled leaves as I have tried to show in my drawing. The photograph is of a plant in my own collection, where it has proven easy to grow. Sadly, in cultivation, the poor light levels in the UK prevent the tight coiling of the leaves and they tend to be much more straight.