Delicate Dwellers in a Harsh Environment

So fair, so sweet withal so sensitive,
Would that the little flowers were born to live,
Conscious of half the pleasure which they give”

I found this quote of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in A Collection of Australian Wildflower Illustrations by Patricia Weare 1984.  The only text for the painting’s section were for identification but at the end of the Orchid section there was this one poem.  It was appropriately placed as one could easily substitute the word orchids for flowers.

So fair, so sweet withal so sensitive,
Would that the little orchids were born to live,
Conscious of half the pleasure which they give”

The exquisite paintings of Patricia Weare combined with this quote do homage to these dainty plants of our Australian bush. It is a reminder that though at times it can be seen as harsh, there is in these jewels a hidden delicateness and gentleness of the bushland.

Petite point work showcasing the delicacy of our South Australian Orchids; worked by Lorraine Badger; Design by Jan Woodman from her book 'Australian Wildflowers for Embroiderers'

Petite point work showcasing the delicacy of our South Australian Orchids; worked by Lorraine Badger; Design by Jan Woodman from her book ‘Australian Wildflowers for Embroiderers’

 

 

 

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