Local Heart, Global Soul

July 15, 2012

Flax… Nature’s Work of Art…

At various stops, and in various gardens we see one of my favourite New Zealand plants: Flax. A lot of Kiwi’s grow it  in their gardens for it’s evergreen qualities but I love the stalks and seed head pods  that grow out of the top to produce the flowers. I’m looking for inspiration from the plant world for my drawing at the moment and this is right up my street.

Wiki tells about flax better than I can:

“New Zealand flax describes common New Zealand perennial plants Phormium tenax and Phormium cookianum, known by the Māori names harakeke and wharariki respectively. They are quite distinct from the Northern Hemisphere plant known as flax (Linum usitatissimum), but the genus was given the common name ‘flax’ by Anglophone Europeans as it too could be used for its fibres.”

Me? (gardening philistine that I unfortunately am…)  Flax is simply Nature’s work of art.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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