Saturday, February 19, 2011

Flower of the Week

My screen printing has taken a bit of a back seat so far this year as I make the most of the hot, humid and showery weather to get things planted in the garden, and watch them grow - inches and sometimes feet (okay centimetres) overnight. One of the successes so far is the native swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus diversifolius).

Planted from tube stock around last September it is now nearly 2 metres high and is already flowering. The numerous buds are produced on long stalks.

and the flower is an extraordinary colour combination - creamy yellow with purple/maroon centres. The photo doesn't really do it justice.

The plant hasn't got as far as producing seed pods yet - supposed to be hairy and pointed. 

I feel a new design coming on - the leaves, flower and buds are a perfect shape for stencil printing (and probably the pods as well) - nice and big and blocky without too much fiddly detail.

Apparently the leaves, flowers and seed are edible - if you can get past the prickles.

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