If you joined me on ‘A Twilight Stroll’ you will have seen some of the blossom that is out at the moment in my neighbourhood.
The other day I created a blossom dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe from the first of our plum trees to flower. I don’t harvest a lot of the fruit from this tree as it is a small variety of plum and the birds are quick to feast on them.
In the past I’ve made a sweet chilli plum sauce, a rather laborious process I must confess, but a delicious result. Perhaps it’s the year to make the effort to do so again.
I do however always pick some branches of the blossom to bring inside. They don’t last long but are such a pretty thing to have in a vase – and a lovely reminder to savour life’s fleeting moments.
My great aunt passed on her secret of spraying blossom with hairspray to make it last a little longer. Practical tip or old wives tale who knows, but I like to believe it does work not least for the fond memories it conjures up of her!
With guests for dinner on Saturday night, naturally at least one of the many vases I filled featured blossom.
Our other plum is now flowering so I combined branches of the two. The one I created my garden fairy’s dress with has lovely deep reddish brown leaves and the softest of pink blossom and the other has light green leaves and a pure white blossom.
I put this arrangement in the bathroom (with a squirt of hairspray!) and I’m sharing it as my ‘In A Vase On Monday’ – started by Cathy from Rambling in the Garden she invites you to share what you gather from your garden each week.
By the time I photographed it this afternoon the warmth of being inside had unfurled most of the leaves…meanwhile outside one tree is a fairy floss like froth of blossom and the other just a sprinkling of blooms.
Is it any wonder they have inspired a Garden Fairy’s dress!
With the sun shining this morning I created two dresses with the flowers of Leonotis Leonurus and the seedpods from Iris foetidissima.
I’ve often combined the two in a vase – the splash of orange is a dramatic inclusion to an Autumn arrangement – but this is the first time using them for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.
This is one of the dresses and you can can see the other at the petal & pins Facebook page.
© 2015 Sandra Alcorn
If your wardrobe is anything like mine it is easy to lose something – it gets pushed to the back where it doesn’t rub shoulders with the favourites and can easily be forgotten.
And then one day you reach for that particular hanger and are met with a pleasant surprise. Like this rhododendron dress from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.
I created it in October 2012 using flowers from a friend’s garden after a fun day of rhubarb plants, tea cake and gin & tonics.
Today we are getting together to bottle apples from my garden. I’ll resist serving cake as we are joining another friend later for dinner but a gin & tonic might be a nice reward when all the apples are peeled and done.
And I think this dress I’ve unearthed from the back of the wardrobe might just be my new favourite!
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 flowers.interiors.garden 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
‘Ahh nasturtiums…I’ve written about you before and the lesson your carefree habits bring. You have really taken off at the bottom of my garden now – several colours mingling together sprouted from seeds gathered from those unexpected places’
This Garden Fairy’s nasturtium sundress is embellished with tiny daisies from my lawn. You can see another in my previous post Slightly Defiant & Carefree.
Last November, in anticipation of seeing the exhibition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, I created two Gaultier inspired designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.
For fans of “the enfant terrible of French fashion” it will be no surprise that one of these was a corset.
For inspiration I chose the conical bra style he first showed in the early 1980s and which was famously worn by pop icon Madonna on her Blonde Ambition World Tour.
Here is my take on it for my garden fairy and some photos I took at the exhibition.
“…thanks also to my teddy bear Nana who was my first model and without whom my whole career not to speak of the cone breasts, would not have been possible…”
In my post Good Things Come To Those That Wait I spoke of waiting for several years to see this exhibition. It was first shown in Montreal in 2011, then in Dallas, San Francisco, Madrid, Rotterdam, Stockholm, New York, London and finally Melbourne in 2014.
It was worth the wait – so much so that I went to see it twice on that weekend trip to Melbourne in November!