For the first week I tried bunches of roses bought from the local farmer market – they lasted only a few days in the summer heat. After that expensive disappointment I decided to try local, native flowers from the gum trees the council had planted on the footpaths. Native, colourful, local and free – a perfect solution. And popular too – more than one studio visitor has admired their colour, beauty and simplicity. One even remembered that last week I had orange flowers.
Week one was a bright neon orange, week two a paler coral orange and this week is two shades of pink. For week four I'm hoping for bright red – but I'm still trying to find a tree that has flowers at a height I can harvest without the use of a ladder! Not quite inconspicuous that ladder.