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Somersby

I went up to the Central Coast today to meet up with the world expert on the Gymea Lily Jeremy Smith at the Wild Flower Farm in Somersby. What an incredible place! The lilies were growing wild everywhere on his land. Jeremy teaches horticulture and has developed propagation techniques that will save the plant from being harvested to near extinction from the wild, whilst fulfilling the markets demand for the lily I came back with some beautiful samples, and took some photos of lilies in their natural state in situ.    

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The Gymea Lily

My new art photography project I want to blog about, is on a series of portraits centred around the beautiful Gymea Lily. I'm so excited about this! It has been bubbling away in the back of my mind for a couple of years now, and with my new website comes new beginnings. There are so many things that are amazing about this plant. It is hugely tall. It takes 10 years to flower from a seed. The flower head is enormous, and the stages of the flowering process are so inspiring. The flowering starts as a kind of 6 foot tall asparagus like shoot, then the pinkish bud head appears like a spear or baton,...

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