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Apple Cosy

Autumn Vase

There was not much blue sky today mostly it’s been rainy and grey. As predicted the wind has whipped up and I can hear it howling and whirling around rustling the leaves as I write.

Yesterday I picked a vase of flowers and the splash of orange is perfect to add some brightness to inside as a counterpoint to the drab weather, especially as the forecast for the rest of the week is for more of the same.

Not a lot of flowers about in my garden at the moment but lots of Autumn foliage and seed pods so I have used those in my arrangement with a few nasturtiums and minaret flowers.

orange and green

I popped the ‘apple cosy’ I bought on our road trip to the north west of Tasmania along side the vase (isn’t it cute!). Besides the colours complementing the flowers it’s a perfect symbol of mid autumn at my place since there are apples still on my tree and a cupboard full of just bottled apples ready for a winter of apple crumbles.

apple cosy from Smithton

I had never heard of, much less seen an apple cosy before – its purpose is to stop an apple getting bruised in a lunchbox. When I saw this little bit of knitted cuteness I immediately thought of my Fairy Dust friend who loves apples so I’ll be giving it to her next time we catch up.

Have you ever seen an apple cosy?

What’s your favourite winter apple dessert?

An Autumn Afternoon

Autumn in my Hobart gardenAutumn colour in my gardenAutumn colourThe late afternoon sun shining through the trees in my garden is like looking at stained glass windows.

When Old Is New Again

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

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.

In Rhubarb & Rhododendrons – inspired by that day – you can see another style rhododendron dress which became part of my Spring Gala card collection.

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!

Four Seasons

Autumn
Winter
Spring
SummerRoyal Botanic Garden, Sydney Australia © Sandra Alcorn 2015

A String Of Pearls

rowan tree berriesautumn hydrangeaOn a Sunday morning walk I came across a Rowan Tree. I didn’t know that was what it was at the time and needed to do a bit of sleuthing when I got home.

It was the pink tinged white berries that caught my eye. I immediately thought of them as perfect for strands of ‘pearls’ for my garden fairy and picked a few sprigs to bring home to play with.

Walking back down my path to the front door I passed the hydrangeas, they too are tinged pink and the russet tones they start to turn as they dry out with the onset of Autumn.

I decided to  combine them in a floral arrangement using my ikebana vase and included some cuttings from one of my plum trees.

ikebana flower arrangementikebana and velvetInspired by a  post on the blog pbm Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’ I twisted the plum stems into a knot, soaking them in hot water to soften them up beforehand.

plum knotIt’s a while since I’ve used this vase – it requires such a different approach to flower arrangement so I experimented with several ideas and I think this one is my favourite.

ikebana arrangemnet twodetailAnd then I got a needle and thread to string some garden pearls.
rowan berry pearls‘In a Vase  on Monday’ was started by Cathy. She invites you to join her challenge to find something from the garden to put in a vase each week – what ever the season. So why not get inspired and share your vase arrangement in the comment section of her blog Rambling In The Garden.

 

Rock Pools & Moonflowers

I’ve recently been up to Sydney for a holiday.

I don’t normally use the word holiday when I make trips to Sydney as it’s my original ‘hometown’ so in a sense it feels more like returning.

But this trip Mr Petal & Pins and I played tourist with a visit to the Botanical Gardens, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and a day exploring the coastline in the Royal National Park.

Knowing that when we got back to Hobart the cooler nights and crisper mornings of autumn would have set in, we were determined to take advantage of Sydney’s still summer like temperatures to spend lots of time at the beach swimming and lazing in the sun.

We spent several afternoons exploring around the rocks and venturing as far as we dared to watch the waves breaking. I’d forgotten how wonderful the rock pools in Sydney are with their miniature sea gardens. It brought back memories of exploring them as a child, eyes on the lookout for red centred sea anemone, crabs and the notorious blue ringed octopus.

Sydney rockpoolssydney rockpools Sydney rockpools

With Blackwoods Beach on our doorstep, we wandered down at dawn for me to draw in the blank canvas of sand left by the tide while Mr Petal & Pins took photographs. We were treated to a colourful sunrise and a double rainbow.

sunrise Blackwoods Beach Sydneyrainbows over South Cronullasand drawing
It was so much fun we decided to do it again the following morning, inviting a friend to join us. Marg turned up with a rake as her drawing implement and a bunch of Moonflowers that had opened the previous night for me to turn into Garden Fairy dresses.
Collaborating with her on the beach drawing proved to be even more fun. Our activity piqued the interest of early morning walkers on the cliff top path above and Mr Petal & Pins photographed our progress.

dawn at Blackwoods Beachsand drawing at Blackwoods Beachsand drawing at Blackwoods Beach

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

Leafy Layers

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A ‘tea dress’ for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

For Everything There Is A Season

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I love Autumn – but then I love each season and the changes they bring – in the garden, in the fabrics I work with in my studio, and even in the way I get together with friends.

My Autumn wedding creations for last weekend were sumptuous in both texture and colour.

Champagne coloured duchess satin and heavily beaded lace for the bride. Rich purple velvet with silk chiffon for the bridesmaid and an Italian printed silk satin and slubbed dupion for the Mother of the Bride in mink, wine & cerise tones.

I’ve also had my sister visiting so we booked a few days on the east coast and it was magical. Walks on the beach, red wine in front of an open fire and the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Back home, the wonderful thing about my garden is that despite the carpet of Autumnal coloured leaves there is always a bit of colour to be found somewhere.

Perfect for an afternoon tea setting with a friend on Sunday.

And perfect for a ‘In A Vase On Monday Post’.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

‘In A Vase On Monday’ was started by Cathy from Rambling In The Garden who has a beautiful garden in the north-east rural fringe of the West Midlands, England.

And while I’m enjoying Autumn, she’s enjoying Spring!

Time To Rug Up

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

With Mr Petal & Pins I’ve just spent a few days in Melbourne. We returned home to decidedly cooler weather and even more spectacular Autumn colours in the garden.

It’s ten degrees and drizzling rain as I post this, definitely the time of year when coats and scarves come out of the wardrobe.

This season my Garden Fairy’s got a new coat – but I’m sure she’ll be wearing her other one too – she’s thrifty like that!

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