This is my January 2019 contribution to our special project: When Fashion and Nature Collide
Happy New Year my friends 🙂
Normal blogging activity will hopefully resume soon, once I shake the winter doldrums. Meanwhile I have enjoyed looking at flower pictures from sunnier days when writing this post. Poor Dominique braved freezing conditions this past weekend to bring us her photographs. Go and have a well deserved hot chocolate my friend!
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, Flower photography by Darren, collages compiled by 3C Style & Lisa. Onion/Eye by Lisa & Darren from a concept by 3C Style
This is one of the wild South African Gazania, from which the garden varieties have been bred and selected. The flower pictured was on a plant grown from seed sent from Silverhill seeds in South Africa.
Quite widespread in the wild, the species is quite variable in leaf texture and flower colour – which through assorted shades of orange. The dark spots at the petal bases can be absent also. The widespread distribution in the wild explains the adaptability of Gazania in cultivation. Forms from summer-rain areas at higher altitudes may be hardy to zone 7 or 8.
This perennial species is one of the components of the spectacular displays of daisy species in Namaqualand in spring, along with annual species such as Dimorphotheca.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, 3CStyle photo by Marie-Claude Viola. Ski art by Lisa. Collage by Lisa.
This is the perfect plant to illustrate Dominique’s ski pictures!
Gentians are classic alpine flowers. Visitors to European ski resorts in summer will see these where the snow has melted. This species is probably Gentiana acaulis or clusii though there are several similar species. Appropriately it is the symbol of the Alpine Garden Society here in the UK. The photo above was taken by me in the Italian Dolomites. The one below was taken in my own garden.
Gentiana acaulis is generally a very easy rock garden plant. It has had a reputation for being shy-flowering but there are some reliable forms available now. It also appreciates a good dose of fertiliser in the spring. Though typically flowering in late spring, it will produce occasional flowers throughout the year – in my garden it had a single flower open on New Year’s day this year.
Fashion Inspiration by 3C Style, 3CStyle photo by Marie-Claude Viola. First collage by Lisa, others by 3C Style. Flower photo credits see below.
Dominique’s signature colour is teal. Teal coloured flowers are not common so since getting to know Dominique I have noted them whenever I see one. When she announced she wanted to use teal this month I jumped at the chance to feature this spectacular plant!
Puya are bromeliads (as are pineapples). Many bromeliads grow on tree branches up in tropical forest canopies but Puya have spiny leaves and live on rocky slopes in arid areas. They are also much more cold hardy than their tropical cousins, with Puya berteroniana, from Chile, reputed to withstand several degrees of frost. Temperature-wise it should be OK in my zone 8 garden but it would struggle with my high winter rainfall and so I do not grow it. Which is why I have arranged for photos from other sources.
These first photos, showing a more blue/teal form, are used with permission of https://strangewonderfulthings.com/101.htm which is a great source of further information also, and maybe seeds!
These next few pictures are of a plant with greener flowers growing at Inverewe in Scotland (the first flowers for 11 years). The photos were kindly provided by jewellery maker Alison Rushbrooke in Scotland who trades as @buttonbothy on Instagram and has a NuMonday shop
Ok, there are no flowers here but I could not resist sharing this. See the other two blogs for more!
Photo by Emmanuelle Faubert
Lisa’s onion/eye artwork this month (see Lisa’s blog – you can get a preview in the Gazania collage above) was based on an onion I drew as part of this mixed composition of Indian spices/ingredients. I love what Lisa has done with it, from an idea by Dominique.