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Snowballs In Spring

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

As a child a small Snowball Bush grew in our garden, it’s white flower ‘snowballs’ never lasting long – too tempting for my siblings and me to pick – the closest thing to a snow ball fight you could have in Sydney.

I now have one in my garden that is big enough to call a tree.

I love the soft green shades of the flowers before they turn completely white – and I still can’t resist picking the odd one to throw!

Slightly Defiant & Carefree

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Nasturtiums make me think of Sydney, summer and lazy days.

Growing up, a patch grew by our front fence, the bright orange flowers a happy exclamation mark amongst the wonderful round green leaves.  My mother would often arrange some in a vase that was like a large white shell, an apt choice since you often see them rambling on the fringes of beaches on Australia’s east coast.

I recall a friend telling me of her summers filled with days at the beach where they would take fresh buttered bread and make wild nasturtium sandwiches for lunch.

I love how you find them growing in unexpected and unintentional places – slightly defiant and carefree – a colourful reminder not to be too rigid and to celebrate the simple joy in the everyday.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Fern Flapper Dress

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Purple Posie

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

 

 

Petals Like Feathers

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

I add feathers to some of my bridal and evening designs – they are wonderful mixed in with lace and silk chiffon – blurring edges, and adding lightness to the slightest gesture.

The petals of  ‘poor man’s orchids’ create the same effect for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Violets

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Violet sundress from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe ‘High Tea’ card set.

 

 

Aquilegia, Agapanthus & Sugar Flowers From Paris.

dress made out of Aquilegia flowers

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

It’s a year to the day that I created my first Garden Fairy dress so it seemed apt to do another using the same flowers. The aquilegias in the garden are in lots of shades of pinks and purples. They line the garden path to my front door and have self seeded into the cracks in the paving down the side of the house. In the first dress a year ago I also used the leaves but this time I combined the flowers with some of the seed pods that have already started to form.

One of the pleasures of having a garden is sharing – so this week I swapped some grape hyacinth bulbs for some agapanthus. Another pleasure is the surprises they bring – the colour of the agapanthus are unknown so time will tell if they’re white or blue!

Well, a year on the fairy’s wardrobe has grown considerably, found a home in this blog and I’m pleased to say the first edition of the gorgeous Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe cards are now available through my Petal & Pins shop.

There are two collections in the first edition – ‘High Tea’ which includes chrysanthemum, lilac, aquilegia leaf, fuchsia and violet dresses and ‘Spring Gala’ which features rhododendron, plum blossom, iris, paper daisy and peony gowns – only a few of which you will have seen on this blog.

How will I mark the occasion? I’ll plant the agapanthus and bake a cake – perhaps decorating it with the tiny sugar flowers I bought in Paris.

Hippy Chic

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Mademoiselle Cécile Brunner

Cécile Brunner

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

I love these little roses, they last for ages and the bushes will flower from now right through to autumn. Tiny vases of them are scattered around the house and posies given to friends and clients. I’ve sugar coated them to decorate cakes and always try to slip a petite bunch into my bag for my mother when traveling to Sydney.

Cécile Brunner posies

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