Blue Camassia in the Garden


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There is a sort of dreamy quality that emerged when I was working on this painting that I quite like. I’ve been wanting to infuse my work with excitement and, for me, this is what that looks like.

When I started my garden I was under the impression that both of these plants were native. Now I’m thinking that neither one is. No matter~I’m particularly fond  of both of them. The camassia, I believe, is native to the Pacific Northwest. Here I have just a small clump of them, but I dream of a whole field of them stretching out to frame a view of the sea…

27 thoughts on “Blue Camassia in the Garden”

    1. Thank you Deborah! I’m sorry it took me so long to reply~I didn’t see it until today. Somehow the magic of WP made it hide.
      I don’t know whether it would ever have been where you would have seen it. It doesn’t seem to be a very common plant but it is one of my favorites.

  1. Beautiful work, Melissa. There are five species of Camassia native to the US & Canada, one from the Plains and another in the East, the rest are Western. Is that a Celadine Poppy? That’s native, too. 🙂

  2. I’ve never heard of either of these plants — not so surprising, since neither is native in Texas. The camassia might be in gardens in northeast Texas; I’m not sure about that. In any event, they combine beautifully. Isn’t it interesting how often purple and gold, or blue and yellow, are found together in nature? That’s one thing I like about the painting. Even though the flowers aren’t familiar, the color combination is.

      1. I’d be willing to bet that it’s found in northern Harris County, which tends to be more wooded, more wet, and cooler than the southern end, which edges Galveston Bay. I’ll take a look at the Sheldon prairie and San Jacinto plant lists, and see if it’s listed. It is a pretty thing.

      2. This map surprises me~it doesn’t seem to indicate the plant in Washington at all, yet I am sure this is where it is native. I’ve never come across it here, and I’ve been in the highest quality wetlands.

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