When Fashion and Nature Collide – Flowers May 2018.

This is my May 2018 contribution to our special project: When Fashion and Nature Collide

These flowers and Roda’s critter photos have provided the inspiration for Dominique‘s styling and Lisa’s art this month. Please go and visit their own blogs and see their posts. Collages used here were prepared by Roda. Above cartoon by Lisa.

I also have the pleasure of unveiling new artwork this month, prepared especially with this project in mind.

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Makeup by Genevieve Lacelle MUA, Flower photography by Darren, collage compiled by Roda

Trichopetalum plumosum

Trichopetalum is a small genus of bulbs found in Southern South America. T. plumosum is native to Chile. It grows during the winter months, flowers in May then dies back to resting underground tubers to escape the summer drought. It is very easy in cultivation if given some protection from frost. The flowers are short lived and seem to be self fertile as numerous seed is produced which germinates easily. I find it needs a lot of warmth during the summer dormancy or it fails to resprout in autumn and takes a year off. Lucky plant..

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Makeup by Genevieve Lacelle MUA, Flower photography by Darren, collage compiled by Roda

Asarum maximum

Asarum are distributed throughout temperate parts of the Northern hemisphere and are typically plants of shady forest floors. Known as wild gingers (though they are not related to true ginger and are in fact toxic). The European and North American species are intriguing and have nice foliage but many of the Asian species have rather spectacular flowers. Asarum maximum is from China and is quite hardy in the UK but can be vulnerable to predation by slugs and snails. It is often grown as a pot plant where it can be better admired.

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Makeup by Genevieve Lacelle MUA, Flower photography by Darren, collage compiled by Roda

Oxalis adenophylla

Oxalis are found throughout the world, some being very invasive weeds. The classiest species are found in alpine-climate regions of far Southern South America. Oxalis adenophylla has been a common rock garden plant in Europe for many decades. It is not in the least invasive and spreads very gently by offsets which can be separated for propagation. This is the classic form and is especially hardy. Recently other forms of slightly varying colours have been introduced but are not widespread in cultivation.

Dominique also selected Gladiolus maculatus as being a good match for this outfit.

Gladiolus maculatus is a favourite species of mine. Found wild in the Cape region of South Africa it is a winter growing species that spends the hot dry summers as a resting corm below ground. The individual Dominique selected is quite pink in colour but it is a very variable species as you can see from the other pictures below. It is very highly scented and flowers at Christmas here.

And finally…

Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola, Makeup by Genevieve Lacelle MUA, Flower photography by Darren, Butterly photography by Roda, collage compiled by Roda

Moraea tulbaghensis

This is another South African Cape bulb in the Iris family. Like the Gladiolus above it is winter growing and flowers in spring before dying back to a dormant corm for the summer. M. tulbaghensis is one of the Peacock Moraeas, a group characterised by the iridescent patches on the flowers. This is not a constant feature and forms exist without it as you can see in the pictures below. I was working on a drawing of this when Dominique selected it and the ladies kindly agreed to postpone using it until I could finish my drawing, which I an delighted to present at the end.

And finally, my drawing!

Moraea tulbaghensis. Coloured pencil on Bristol board. Darren Sleep 2018.

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