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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

Garden Fairy Found In Montauk

A month ago Lee from Fort Pond Native Plants in Montauk New York contacted me. The garden centre has a shop and gallery and she was interested in my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe!

So I am excited to tell you that they now stock a range of my notecard sets and individual cards.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Being half a world away I have had to be content with only looking at photos of their wonderful nursery but I instantly knew if I lived locally I would be a frequent visitor.

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 South Embassy St Montauk, New York

Fort Pond Native Plants 26 South Embassy St Montauk, New York

tulip bulbs at Fort Pond Native Plants

tulip bulbs at Fort Pond Native Plants

Beautiful plants, interesting garden themed gifts and books, landscaping services, classes…oh and some cute resident dogs!

Fort Pond Native Plants furry friends

Perhaps Montauk New York is your neighbourhood or close enough to visit – I’d love to hear if it is and I hope you’ll be tempted to buy some of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards from Fort Pond Native Plants.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The cards are blank inside for your own message, greeting or using for invitations. And they look great framed too!

Collection Sets (5 notecards + envelopes) include –

Verde, Haute Couture, boho, Passion and Garden Party.

‘Ode to Chanel’  is a trio of cards.

 

If you can’t get to Montauk you can visit my Petal & Pins etsy store.

Wholesale enquiries welcome.

 

Fort Pond Native Plants images used with their permission – thank you Lee!

An Imaginary Journey

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Last winter playing with scraps from something I was cutting out I made this felted wool ‘flower’. This morning I stitched a safety pin on the back to adorn my vintage coat lapel.

When I returned from walking Mademoiselle Agnes I decided to create a vignette.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

With a posie of bergenias, daisies and ivy.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

A scarf I made decorated with vintage buttons.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Some old suitcases and my ruffle trimmed umbrella.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

An Imaginary Journey.

What is the destination? Who are the flowers for?

Perhaps it might inspire a story from the writers amongst you!

An Autumn Weekend

Cathy from Rambling In The Garden started ‘In a vase on Monday’ as a weekly ritual of bringing something from the garden inside no matter what the season and invites readers to do the same.

I have been enjoying seeing hers and Julie from Peonies & Posies gorgeous floral creations –  both being northern hemisphere gardeners I’m delighting in their Spring finds just as I head into Autumn and Winter.

A week or two ago theirs and many other blogs I look at were filled with the exuberance and colour of the beginning of Spring and the excitement of days outside that will bring. At the same time we suddenly had a drop in temperature and rainy grey days so there was no mistaking Autumn had well and truly begun.

On Saturday we took advantage of a fine weather day for a drive to Oatlands, taking Agnes for a walk around the lake and looking at some of the antique stores where I bought a length of vintage ribbon.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Sunday friends came for afternoon tea. Going into the garden to gather some flowers for a vase I thought I would be scrounging to find much to pick but I was pleased with the arrangement – adding some autumnal hued sprigs of Dogwood and some dried Honesty seemed to pull it all together.

Perhaps the vintage ribbon inspired my gathering, certainly the colours are complementary – so I thought I’d share a picture of them for ‘In a vase on Monday’.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Madame Agnès & The Mademoiselle

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

This week I’m excited to have a new stockist for my Garden Fairy’s wardrobe cards in the north of the state.

I posted off a selection to The Brown Dog in Stanley, so if you find yourself in the beautiful north west of Tasmania do visit the store. It’s given me yet another reason why I must plot a road trip north but in the mean time – in honour of the store’s name – I’m posting a photo of Agnes my Labradoodle.

Agnes is named after Madame Agnès, a French milliner who was famous for cutting her elegant brims while they were being worn by her clients. Madame Agnès established her salon on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honore in 1917 – the same year my house was built (I love serendipitous coincidences)!

Agnes is photographed on the front verandah with a heart of Cécile Brunner roses. The book ‘Naming of the rose’ by Roger Mann says the original name for the rose was actually ‘Mademoiselle Cécile Brunner’ named after ‘the charming daughter of M.Ulrich Brunner, rose-grower of Lausanne’ by M. Pernet-Ducher as a tribute to his senior colleague and rival. Its American nickname is the Sweetheart Rose.

I am lucky to have half a dozen bushes of Cécile Brunner roses in my garden. I posted a Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress using them last November and below is a new design which is coming soon to my Spring/Summer 13/14 range of cards.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Morning Glory

morning glory

Morning glory is like mother natures bunting. It festoons the otherwise grey lane I walk up on my morning stroll with the dog. Today it was bursting with so much colour I couldn’t resist picking some to play with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I like walking up lane ways – they always have a certain charm, a bit of mystery the first time you walk up one as to to where it might lead or what you might find. I have lived in or near several, one only had two houses in it (including mine) and a chocolate factory at the beginning of it that sweetly scented the air on my walk to work in the morning.

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Almost Summer

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

I’m fond of Forget-Me-Nots the whimsical name is as enchanting as the tiny yellow centred blue flowers. As a small child I helped my father plant a punnet of the seedlings.

I don’t remember them being so prolific in Sydney as they are here in Hobart, but they are not so good when they start to go to seed with a curly haired dog who likes to explore the garden beds – the trick is to pull them out before they do.

Inevitably you think you’ve got them all then Agnes will appear with evidence you haven’t, and living up to their name – the following year a swathe of blue will appear again at the onset of summer.

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