Petal & Pins

Month: March, 2015

My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe Cards

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

© Sandra Alcorn 2015

The list of stockists for my Garden Fairy’s Wardobe cards has grown! You will find a selection at the following places –


The Brown Dog Stanley 15 Church Street Stanley

FIG 244 Elizabeth Street Hobart

Because gallery + giftware 7a Gregory Street Sandy Bay

Verde  112 Landsdowne Crescent West Hobart


Bloom in Design Shop 3b cnr Ashmore & Blundall Rds Surfers Paradise


Fort Pond Native Plants 26 S. Embassy Street Montauk, NY

Most of the dresses in the wardrobe have a story behind them – if you would like to read the stories behind these two designs you will find them in my posts Crocosmia and Lucky Strike.

Summer’s End

One of the peony trees in my garden kept me guessing for several years as to the colour of it’s blooms (yellow).

It doesn’t flower often or profusely but it’s  saving grace is beautiful pink stems so when I pruned some of the height I set about finding what pink flowers were in the garden to combine with the peony foliage for a decidedly pretty vase arrangement.

I’ve photographed it in front of a length of fabric I bought on our travels that hangs in the hallway to the backdoor. This piece we bought in Paris and the delicate illustrations of bathers at the seaside are charming.

Are you enjoying the delights of Spring in your garden or are you too at Summer’s end? I’m linking this post up with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase each week – why not join in?

peony leaves and pink flowers
pink floral arrangement detail
pale pink fuchsias
pink peony tree stems
French toile fabric

Our Day Of Flowers Part 2

Let me take you for a wander through my favourite part of the Allendale Gardens I wrote about in my previous post.

The hydrangeas created swathes of colour along paths of dappled light and cascaded down the bank of the creek that runs through the property.

hydrangeas at Allendale GardenshydrangeasAllen CreekHydrangeas weren’t the only thing to add a splash of blue to this part of the garden. Peacocks and the gentle sound of wind chimes added to the enchantment.

peacockYou can imagine it took great restraint for me to not be picking flowers to create fairy dresses! And I’ve come home wanting to add a lot more hydrangeas to my garden.


Our Day Of Flowers

Mr Petal & Pins, Agnes and I took a little road trip last week and ventured up to Stanley which is in the far North West of Tasmania in a region aptly called ‘The Edge of The World’.

Stanley Tasmania

It was incredibly windy during our stay which we weren’t expecting but was not surprising since this neck of the woods gets the brunt of the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Luckily we had both thrown scarves in at the last minute when we packed.

When we toured the historic Highfield House which was built in the 1830’s I took a photo of some sheet music thinking the name of the hymn would make a lovely title for a blog post.

sheet music 'our day of flowers' hymn

Highfield House

We called in to The Brown Dog Stanley which stocks my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards to meet the owner Maddie and finally see the gorgeous shop for ourselves.

It’s a treasure trove of lovely and stylish things and a cafe as well so we bought some takeaway sandwiches and parked on the foreshore to have our lunch. Agnes got her promised and eagerly awaited frolic on a beach and then because of the persistent wind we decided on going for a drive to Smithton.

Agnes loves the beach!

Agnes on the beach

Over breakfast, Mr Petal & Pins had read about Allendale Gardens at Edith Creek and suggested we take a detour to see them on the way back.

In the Autumn of 1980 Loraine and Max Cross started to plant the gardens in a grassy field. They wanted their garden to be “first and foremost a place of peace and tranquility – in tune with nature” and they have certainly achieved that, there are now 6 acres of landscaped gardens and 65 acres of rainforest.

As you will see ‘our day of flowers’ was to be the perfect title for a post about our little adventure north.

And I suspect it might have a part two with all the photos I took!

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

Allendale Gardens

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