Birds of Paradise in my Garden.

I caught this just after a short burst of rain during the night.

Those morning rain droplets playing upon the stem,  were simply irresistible.

bird of paradise flower, strelitzia photograph, canon 600d, macro flower,
Rain Dances ……upon the Bird of Paradise


Bird of Paradise in the Garden


Strelitzia  also known as ….  Bird of Paradise.

And reminds me just a little of our recent colorful zoo Bird friend, with the crimson scarlet and bright orange.


The Bird of Paradise is so about the magic of Color.


I do feel fortunate that  “Strelitzias”   grow for me in our dry,  colander like  sandy soil.





Surprisingly, these magnificent flowers flourish in my garden, where not much else will.

I’ve tried all sorts of pretty flowers, garden vegies, raised beds, etc.  Its been a struggle.

We have come to an understanding.

Rosemary, Lavender, Bouganvillia, Grevillea, Olive, Mulberry and Fig trees.  And Bird of Paradise.

These will survive in my gardens.

The grass.  Is another story.



Our Giant Bird of Paradise has grown lush and tall.

I think it will have a blossom this year. I’m so excited.

Their blossoms are so massive!  A lovely cream with pale lilac stamens.


So, I can hardly wait.

Well. I have waited. Its been 6 years since its been planted.



Paradise Inspirations

I’ve been inspired countless times by their color, their shapes.

And have used my imagination to paint and create from them in so many media, techniques and styles.  They make superb teaching and learning tools and props for workshops and classes. Drawing, printing, painting.  My students probably don’t realise ….. nothing else grows at my place!



One of my watercolors is available at   Society 6 debiriley    as cards, prints,

bright bird of paradise greeting cards, debi riley art, flower cards for Mothers day, Society 6,
Bird of Paradise… Greeting Cards    debiriley @Society6 shop




Strelitzia photograph in zen sculptural pose,
Strelitzia Zen


strelitzia blue, oil painting abstract in blue and orange, debi riley art
Stamen in Blue, Strelitzia,   oil painting abstract



watercolor strelitzia, bird of paradise watercolour, mixing greens in watercolor, botanical leaves, ultramarine blue pb29, winsor lemon py175, prussian blue pb27,
Giant Strelitzia, Loose and bold watercolors



watercolor Strelitzia with ink,
Watercolor and Ink Strelitzia



photo of bird of paradise, strelitzia, for painting,
Garden Bird of Paradise



watercolor Bird of paradise, student art,
student’s fun with  Bird of Paradise,  workshop




Color and the Bird of Paradise

This flower shouts out boldly with its  “Look At ME” colors.

The bright glowing yellow orange petals rising upwards, are in contrast with the deep ultramarine stamen stabbing like a sword in parry.

Viridian and Cerulean blend. The Alizarin Crimson cuts sharp across the edges.



With the Bird of Paradise, it is about Color.





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