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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. I love your painting – you’ve got the balance between the colours and textures just right!

    1. Thanks, Val! I’m looking forward to your new blog, featuring birds.

      1. Thanks! I’m sort of in the planning stages for it still, but hope to get there soon.

  2. I wonder if I have ever seen this plant?

    Your painting looks beautiful.

    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.

  3. 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. 🙂

      1. THAT explains it~different species.

      2. Thanks, Eliza. They may be native, but not necessarily here. No matter~ the poppies are more than welcome in my garden! 🙂

  4. Lovely painting, love the color contrast from the wood poppy (or celandine poppy) against the cool blues and greens,

    1. Hi Tom,
      Thank you! I guess I wasn’t on top of things when I posted this, as I’ve missed several comments. I’m sorry! I agree, I really like these two colors together in the garden.

  5. 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. Thanks Linda. You’re right, blue/purple and yellow are a continuing theme, at least around here.

    2. Look at this:

      http://bonap.net/MapGallery/County/Camassia%20scilloides.png

      Camassia scilloides, known as wild hyacinth, is marked for northeast Illinois, central Texas, and also Harris County, Texas.

      Here’s more info about the species from Illinois Wildflowers:

      http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/wild_hyacinth.htm

      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. It is a pretty thing. You’ll have to let me know if you find it.

      3. Good luck finding some. I’ve come across the species in Austin only a few times, none of them recent.

      4. 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.

      5. Maps like this one can only show what’s been reported. Like you, I’ve occasionally noticed omissions.

  6. Simply beautiful!

  7. Thank you so much, Gunta!

  8. That is such a moving, dreamy vision, Melissa. Beautifully done, with such spirit.

    1. I appreciate that, Pete. Thank you.

  9. A lovely piece of art Melissa. Beautiful colours and mood.

    1. Thank you so much!

  10. The camassia is very pretty but I love the painting. Blues and greens with just a focal point of detail – lovely.

    1. Thank you so much, Robyn! This loose dreamy style is what I’m reaching for but it doesn’t always come together for me.

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