I was worried while I was away in Bali that I would miss the best of brief wildflower season at home. But I shouldn’t have worried as there were still plenty to be found and best of all the little bush orchids and lilies were out.
These sketches were done over the last couple of weekends on some lovely sketchy walks in the sun. I was first caught by the most amazingly vivid blue flowers in the grass, lucky they were so bright as they were tiny, little things. Most of these wild flowers are tiny, but just so beautiful when you get up close and personnel with them. You have to go walking so you are slow enough to be able to see them, shyly hiding in the grasses. There were plenty of the little waxliped orchids out, they come up singly on a long thin stem, and just nod in the breeze. For the first time ever, I saw a whole group of them together, it took my breath away and I was sure there would be fairies about.
There were loads of paper everlasting daises and I found some other funny little flowers with long grass like stems, I was told they were weeds, just haven’t found out what type yet. Never mind they are pretty to me. Because the sun was shining so brightly I also made little drawings of the shadows the flowers cast on my page.
The following weekend I saw even more orchids and had the luck to run into a knowledgeable wildflower enthusiast beside the dirt track and he was kind enough to help me with my identification. I was really pleased that my sketches were good enough to identify the flowers from! Here is the Twinning Fringe Lily, only about 7-10mm big and it twines up on other things and also the Chocolate Lily, with its nodding flowers on tall thin spikes.
I also saw this little yellow flower which my new friend kindly identifies as a Bent Goodenia, what a great name and a cute little flower.
The yellow buttons that I drew in an earlier walk were going to seed, just like a dandelion so I just had to stop and draw these as well.
Here finally is a very quick sketch of one of the mines that still dot the landscape and remind us that this was once one of the busiest and richest minefields in the world.
I will leave you with this last photo of all the yellow everlasting that were carpeting the bush, spring is so magical.