The Gymea Lily is an iconic Sydney wildflower and was a favourite of mine when I roamed around the bushland of Loftus growing up. The tall flower spike with the deep pinkish/red flower spike was a like a beacon and provided a great reference point when exploring. The flower spike is now used by florists and is a dramatic addition to large spectacular arrangements. Now that I live in Northern NSW a common sight is the ‘sister’ to the Gymea Lily – Doryanthes excelsa – it is the Spear Lily – Doryanthes palmeri – which I grow in my garden.
I have used the tall spectacular Gymea Lily flowers spike as the central focus of this work and added wildlfowers from around Australia.
Included are – the NSW Waratah, Flannel Flowers & Wax Flowers, the Western Australian emblem – Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Firewood Banksia, Geraldton Wax, the Hybrid Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’ and the Australian Floral Emblem – Golden Wattle – Acacia pycnantha.
This work was part of my February exhibition at the Northern Rivers community Gallery in Ballina.
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