On one of my weekend mountain explores recently I stumbled upon a bulb lying in the Winter grass. I picked it up for closer inspection. The soil seemed to be mostly cleaned off and the bulb itself was intact. A few dried leaves and scaly sheaths were still clinging to it.
A puzzle. I do not think that an animal would have have done that, it would have surely eaten it, not just dug it up for no reason – only humans would do a stupid thing like that. I can only come to the conclusion that it was harvested either for ‘muti’ or poached for horticultural reasons and then dropped accidentally. Lucky for me – and lucky for the orphaned bulb! Naturally I decided to rescue it.
I put a photograph of my rescued bulb onto the rather clever indigenous facebook plant group and was delighted to have it identified as a Crinum moorei bulb. I also received helpful and concise instructions from same clever face book group on how to go about planting and caring for my newly adopted bulb.
First and foremost this wondrous package of potential beauty would have to be drawn before any planting could happen. How could one not want to capture all those lovely textures and layers. It is just such an incredible thought that this scaly onion like sphere has all the potential locked inside to produce the most graceful and lovely of flowering plants. Another one of natures many miracles.
I decided on another favorite medium – gel ink pen. This type of pen glides smoothly over the paper and allows one to really get into the shadows. I have painted the flowers of this lovely Lilly before and also drawn a set in pastel. The pastel duo I sold and the happy recipient kindly sent me a photograph of them framed and on the wall. The soft colors making for a lovely addition to a bedroom. I shall have to paint my new Crinum moorei however when she finally flowers one day.