Petal & Pins

Month: December, 2012

Slightly Defiant & Carefree

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Nasturtiums make me think of Sydney, summer and lazy days.

Growing up, a patch grew by our front fence, the bright orange flowers a happy exclamation mark amongst the wonderful round green leaves.  My mother would often arrange some in a vase that was like a large white shell, an apt choice since you often see them rambling on the fringes of beaches on Australia’s east coast.

I recall a friend telling me of her summers filled with days at the beach where they would take fresh buttered bread and make wild nasturtium sandwiches for lunch.

I love how you find them growing in unexpected and unintentional places – slightly defiant and carefree – a colourful reminder not to be too rigid and to celebrate the simple joy in the everyday.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Peonies and Chinese Dragons

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

The other Sunday morning there was a stall at the local farmers market laden with bunches of peonies in an assortment of colours and it reminded me of the flower stalls I photographed in the Marais on a trip to Paris.

Several varieties grow in my  garden including a white with just a hint of pink towards the centre of the blooms and a rich crimson red one which this year produced enough flowers to fill a vase. After some unusually hot days the cut flowers started to dry out emphasising the jagged edges of the petals. I almost threw them out, but thought of Faded Glamour so I decided to create a garden fairy’s dress for the festive season.

It was suggested to me that it evokes a chinese dragon – what do you think?

Fern Flapper Dress

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

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