When winter is at its greyest the bergenias add a much needed spash of colour in my garden and the rusty coloured stems make a striking contrast to the dusty pink petals.
Massed in a bed on a gentle slope in the middle of the garden, come spring the odd jonquil will poke its way up. Most things have been flowering late this winter – I only noticed the first of my violets today and not many at that but I can always depend on the bergenias to show up as a pretty visual antidote to the cold and grey.
This Friday we’re heading to Launceston for the Starry Starry Night Niche Market. The beautiful Albert Hall will be transformed to a winter wonderland of fairy lights and local designer + makers will show their wares.
For those of you not in Tasmania I’ll be sharing some pictures from Starry Starry Night during the event on instagram and facebook I invite you to follow along to see the magic conjured up in the wonderful 1890’s building and take advantage of shopping from the petal & pins online store with *FREE worldwide shipping all weekend (starting from today!) by entering the code STARRYNIGHT at the checkout.
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Winter skies are always beautiful in Hobart around dusk with pink hued clouds alluminated by the setting sun.
The aptly named flowering Shrimp Tail Salvia echos the colours of the evening sky and the leaves turn to patches of burgundy and green like an exotic camouflage print, perfect for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.™
I once mistakenly picked this flower for a floral arrangement, the strong scent becomes more intense inside and is not at all pleasant – definitely a flower to simply admire in the garden.
Another month is drawing to a close – where did the time go! Here are a few moments in May to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to.
It started with a trip to Adelaide for the Bowerbird Design Market, a fun three days to showcase all things petal & pins, chat with familar faces and new amongst the market goers, catch up with other designer makers and have a glass or two of South Australian wine…
when we got back we couldn’t put it off any longer – we needed more envelopes – that’s 5000 sitting on our doorstep…so I’ve been ‘sleeving’ cards…
I started @thehobarthaberdasher on instagram to sell some of my sewing stash…fabrics, trimming, beautiful laces – if you’re a sewer or crafter take a look, I’m happy to post world wide!
and while I’ve been giving away bags of apples from our garden, someone gave me quinces from theirs. With a supply of homemade quince jelly from last year I decided to just use them decoratively – a large bowlful on the dining table and that lovely yellow was perfect for a photo prop with my banksia rose greeting card don’t you think?
I did a ‘Postcards Over the Edge’ Workshop with Tasmanian artist Lynne Fellowes at the Schoolhouse Gallery – a fun and creative way to spend a day with a couple of friends…
and I’ve watched the cherry tree turn golden and loose it’s leaves…so in the garden I’ve been sweeping and raking.
What have been some of your Moments in May?
There is still plenty of autumn colour around Hobart and in my garden and I gathered some up to design new dresses for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe®. The maple tree by one of the front gates is particularly spectacular and has grown to have a lovely arching shape over the steps, hiding a glimpse of the house when you first enter the gate until you reach the curve of the path.
I’ve written before about my half circle path with a gate at each end – this gate (we call it the top gate!) is my favourite to go in and out of in Autumn because of the maple and the other (the bottom gate!) is my favourite in Spring when the rose that twists through the patchwork hedge sends sprays of pink blooms over head.
Last year we went to the Hobart Dahlia show and I shared some photos in my post Darling Dahlias of the wonderful blooms on display.
Having written down some of our favourites I waited until October to see what ones were available to buy from the dahlia society to plant in our garden.
Three on my list arrived but enough time had passed for me not to be too sure exactly what had taken our fancy and the names weren’t particularly descriptive (well at least for a novice dahlia grower!)
I was a bit late in getting them in the ground and must confess rather lax at following the information sheet on tips and care so they were rather left to nature with little nurture.
Two of the three survived and flowered – the first Granite Be Ready reminded me of the pom pom adorned hat on a doll my grandmother brought back from her travels when I was a child (from just where I can’t recall and indeed if it was mine or my sister’s although I remember always being rather taken with that hat!).
A week later the pretty pink Maggie Hannaford revealed herself!
They look a little lonesome on their own in the garden so I’m planning to have a bigger patch planted later in the year and give them a little love & attention.
Of course watching all the dahlias that have been popping up in my instagram feed I’m now enamoured with the soft pink and cafe au lait ones!
images ©2017 Sandra Alcorn blog.petalandpins.com
The John Hart Conservatory, City Park Launceston, Tasmania
Vintage Niche Market – Design & Wine.
Niche is held three times each year in Launceston, the heart of the Tamar Valley wine growing region in Tasmania.
Saturday March the 18th Niche is celebrating ‘Vintage’: the time of year when grapes are harvested and our wineries start serious production of the region’s famous cool climate pinot, riesling and sav blanc varities.
petal & pins is joining other Tasmanian designers + makers and a small selection of wineries representing the Tamar Valley Wine Route to celebrate and 20% of all sales goes to support childrens disability service St Giles.
If you’re in the region why not drop in and say hello!
Vintage Niche Market
Saturday 18th March 2017
8am to 3pm
Albert Hall, Launceston