I had no idea that such an exotic lily-like bloom could erupt from an area of dry shrubbery in our garden.
Described as "delicious to draw, especially when they are just unfurling", hippeastrums have striking veins in each petal, emphasising the contours of the flower and the shadowy hearts within.
For several hours yesterday I used water colour pencils to draw the flower heads. So immersed was I in the flower and its form, the experience was like a meditation. With dappled light shimmering on the surface of each exotic petal, this flower has strong sculptural presence.
This is the fifth year we have lived in Mitchell but it is the first time this tropical bulb has bloomed (we didn't plant the bulb). The combination of warmth and moisture throughout 2011 must have been perfect for hippeastrums in Mitchell.