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.


  1. You did it again Darren… I am amaze by the beauty of your artwork, so much detail. You perfectly captured the iridescent patches of the Moraea. Stunning drawing! Much love D. xoxo

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  2. Wow! Your drawing is just beautiful, Darren!! I´ve been wondering if you´ve finished it by now but didn’t want to pester you. 😉 The gladiolus maculatus is stunning, as are all the other wonderful flowers you´ve shared with us for this post and series. 🙂

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  3. Darren your drawing is more beautiful than the photograph. I’m always in awe of your art. The iridescent patches of the Moraea have been perfectly captured. This is my favorite of your drawings and I have truly enjoyed every moment you have shared along the way. Your post is wonderful, such beautiful flowers. Much love to you my friend 🌻🌞💗

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment Lisa😄❤.
      I am toying with the idea of doing a short video for IG on how I did the iridescent patches. What do you think?
      I am a huge fan of your art too. I could never do what you do as it requires more imagination than I possess. I am comfortable with observational drawing but you have a true artistic flair. Love to you. ❤

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      1. Oh yes, I think a video on IG would be amazing! You can learn so much by watching someone’s technique. I know others would love it, too. Thank you so much, as that means the world to me. I’m a doodler who tosses different mediums in the mix, and hopes for the best 😊 Your art is show stopping, I could be president of your fan club. Love to you 💗

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  4. Wow! Your art is truly amazing! I have no words, other than wow! I just love this collaboration!!
    I am trying to be patient for my mail, but it is so difficult!!!!!💚

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    1. Thank you so much😄. I am willing but I can’t let the original go just yet as I may need it for an exhibition in the spring but I am sure we can sort something out then or a print can be arranged meanwhile.😄

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  5. I’ve seen all of the posts and I will duplicate my comment on all because I take it as a whole from all four of you.

    You folks have an uncanny eye. From chickens to flowers to bugs to ephemera, you all bring it all together in a way that is not only pleasing to the eye, but is inspired. The way Dominique translates those colors, textures, and shapes into fashion is nothing less than brilliant. My hat is off to you all! I love this series and can’t wait to see more. ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

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    1. Thank you LInda. This is much appreciated by all of us and we are having a lot of fun with this project. I am learning so much! I too am in awe of the way Dominique translates these images and the way Lisa turns the output from all of us into something new. Roda is such a brilliant photographer as well as a ray of sunshine.

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