Spring has arrived here in the Perth hills with the most wonderful feast of colours. ‘Feast’ quite literally for me, as I like to add flower petals into my food, and do love the array of colours, scents and shapes filling the garden.
First, I’ll share one of many ‘flower snippets’ from Vow’s Answer, third novel in The Siaris Quartet, then you’re welcome to join me on a wander through the garden….
Riana’s fingertips settled around the hand of her newest student and adjusted his grip on the spell-flower he was constructing. “Watch the stabilizers you’re using, Eberrin. Angle them like this. In’hia emenn-ur.”
Her command tilted the flower’s outer spell-layer inward, pulling it a little closer around the shimmering sphere of healers in its center. White petals slid into place, and the heal-spell glowed a steady gold.
The furrows smoothed from Eberrin’s forehead. He expelled a loud breath and flicked back a blond Sorthirin lock. “I’ll need to practice that.”
Riana took in his crestfallen expression. “You’re doing well. The trick with these portable healers is to overconstruct the holding layer in the first instance so you’ve got a margin for error. We don’t want half the heal-spell leaking out from the petal joints.” She smiled. “Truly, Eberrin, by the time you next visit Sorth, you’ll be taking a good cluster of these with you.”
Eberrin’s face brightened at the prospect. Sorth, most southerly of the elden lands, most harassed by the Shadow Realm’s forces, was always in need of highly trained healers. What Eberrin currently lacked in skill was
more than compensated by his eager will to learn. He would start curbing the impatient choices he made with his craft simply because his desire to aid his people was so strong.
Riana laid a hand on his shoulder and straightened.
Eberrin cradled the spell-flower in his palms as if it were a prized treasure. “Thank you, Lady.” He dipped his head.
Riana nodded. “Never be shy to ask for help.” Her focus shifted across the beds of real flowers nodding under a west wind…
…and from the garden, where a west wind is indeed now blowing very strongly, a wild profusion of nasturtians:
Freesia in full bloom, their delicious light perfume heavenly to breathe in:
Blue Stars scattered through the green, Periwinkles and Anemones:
Intense droplets of colour, Coral Peas:
Dripping sprays of Wonga Vine:
Entwined with purple Hardenbergia, the Happy Wanderer:
And vibrant native Grevillea, favourite of the Honey-eaters:
To my friends here in the South, happy Spring! And to those in the North, may you enjoy a beautiful Autumn/Fall. 🙂