Geissorhiza. Il est fini!

New work – part one. As I’ve got two new pieces to share with you I will spread them out over two posts.

This is the Geissorhiza picture you have seen me working on over the last few weeks. I am the biggest critic of my own work but I admit I am pleased with this piece. I can already see a tweak I need to make but it is minor.


As I did in the last two updates on this piece I am going to give some info on some of the plants portrayed.

The tall pale blue species at the back is Geissorhiza aspera. This species can occur in vast swathes in its native South Africa – tinting large areas blue. It does vary in colour and shade and I have a few specimens that look more violet, and some almost white, as well as various shades of blue. It is an easy plant to cultivate but increases rapidly by producing lots of tiny offsets from its corms – this can lead to overcrowding in a pot and then the plants get starved and fail to flower well.


The pale yellow species with a purple centre at the right hand side is G. darlingensis, which is now restricted to a tiny nature reserve near Darling in South Africa. I do not have a good reference photo of this as my only plant does very poorly and I find it rather hard to grow! The picture was cobbled together from an old slide. I direct you to the Pacific bulb society page for photographs instead:

The purple species in the centre and top right is G. monanthos. This actually shares its habitat with G. radians (the blue and red species to the left of it and discussed in an earlier post) and has a fairly limited distribution. I find it easy to grow but it often has fallow years where it does not flower.



    1. Thank you. I think for a botanical or scientific artist/illustrator it is especially frustrating as we try for accuracy. There is a gap at bottom right but that is semi-deliberate as it would only take the addition of a graphite illustration of the distinctive corm and stigmas to make this into more of a botanical illustration. But I am tempted to leave it alone😀

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  1. Wow, I am move by your work. You have cleverly merged three species and the result is highly original and aesthetically pleasing. You know I have a soft spot for purple and shades of blue but in this case it’s all about the details. Outstanding, simply outstanding.

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    1. Thank you so much dear friend. 😀❤️
      I wanted to see if I could create something that had botanical value by illustrating the variability in the genus, but which was also aesthetically pleasing. I am delighted that you feel
      i achieved that aim and it means a lot to me. I am very tempted to do another for the related genus Hesperantha!

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  2. Wow.. your work is spectacular. Your painting looks more like a photograph. 😊👍
    And I would love to have these beautiful flowers in my garden someday. The purple ones are amazing. 👌

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      1. It looks like the illustrations from The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady book I have. I love the painted illustrations! I had no idea you did stuff like that. I heard water colour painting is the hardest type to do. There is no forgiveness like other paint types where you can mask errors.

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    1. Pleased you like it 🙂
      I enjoyed doing this piece and am very inspired to do something similar for the next piece. The next three weekends are pretty much full so I don’t think I will see the drawing board again until Christmas 😦

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  3. Beautiful painting and plants! My mum’s a porcelain painter and had to work very accurately too when painting all the different little flowers so I’m a bit familiar with the process and the frustration that can be behind it 😉

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