Lewisia flowers

Remembered Colour: Lewisia

There’s not much happening to photograph out in the garden at the moment. Instead, I’m looking back through some older photos that have been hiding in my PC as unconverted RAW files. Processing them is one of those jobs that I never fully catch up with and sometimes I find an image I like lurking there.

These lewisias were bought a couple of years ago because I couldn’t resist the gorgeous deep pink and the orange with pink veins of their vibrant flowers. They just had to be photographed! (These are Lewisia cotyledon ‘Sunset Strain’.)

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I’d be happy to wear these bright colours!

The petals make me think of light, silky fabrics. Like something you might wear on a summer’s day – rich, bright and full of the joy of life.

Photographing the flowers makes me aware of how delicate and translucent they are. As you’ll see in the last photo, the studio lights can shine through the petals, revealing their veining and the texture.

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Close-up of a lewisia flower.

Unfortunately, I’ve never managed to keep lewisias growing for very long. They are natives of dry, rocky places in North America and need really good drainage. I have been able to keep some alive for a few years in clay pots, until I have eventually over-watered them. These, however, were planted in a very dry garden border and were happy until winter rains got to them. So it will be back to the pots for the next lot! Then I’ll be able to bring them under cover in winter.

These little beauties may not last long with me but that won’t stop me from buying more and trying again. I hope that I’ll learn how to look after them properly at last!

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You can see the light coming through the petals of these flowers.

18 thoughts on “Remembered Colour: Lewisia

  1. I do love that pink and orange; the photos are beautiful, and you certainly captured the delicacy of the flowers.

    When you said they prefer dry, rocky places, that (combined with the genus name) made them seem familiar. Sure enough, they’re related to a flower that a friend in Montana has photographed: Lewisia rediviva

    Lewis and Clark encountered them on their famous expedition, and they’re named for Meriwether Lewis. You probably know that a common name is bitterroot , since the roots are edible but bitter until prepared, and Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains are named for the plant.

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    1. Thanks! It’s intriguing to know that there are mountains named after the plants. 🙂 I googled Lewisia rediviva – what a lovely plant! (And someone in the UK sells them…very tempting.)

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