We are very lucky at my work to be surrounded by native bushland and I often go for a wander in my lunch break to spend some time amongst the trees and wildflowers, birds and lizards (and, most likely, a large population of snakes) that inhabit the blocks around us. We are also fortunate to have a pretty courtyard garden that has been lovingly brought to life and tended by one of my colleagues. It has succulents and natives, flowering annuals and larger species such as frangipanis and hippeastrums.
Earlier this year, we had our big international dementia conference, and part of our displays included a gorgeous native sensory garden, which I was lucky enough to work in (a nice way to spend a day at work is in a garden – even if it is inside a convention centre!). It featured lots of beautiful natives that are particularly fragrant or textured – great for people with dementia to touch, smell and experience safely.
One of the plants displayed was the Blue Flax Lily – a gorgeous grassy-looking native with AMAZING blue “berries”. The fruit is a ridiculously bright purple-blue and stands out amongst the more muted, dull browns of the bushland. We also have a potted example in our courtyard garden (a leftover from the Conference) and I have been out there this morning, taking photos of it, as you do. I desperately want to try one of the berries – they are absolutely edible and a tasty “bush tucker” treat. At the moment there are only two or three berries on there and I don’t want to pick them because a.) that would be a bit mean and b.) knowing me, I won’t like the taste and then they’ll be wasted.
But, if nothing else, they are so darn pretty to look at. I look forward to them growing bigger and getting more fruit on them. Then I won’t have to feel guilty about stealing the berries ha ha, but also because those little flashes of blue are a delight. Nature is so amazing 🙂
You can read more about the Blue Flax Lily HERE