Petal & Pins

Tag: foliage



Pantone announcing Greenery as the Colour of the Year 2017 has inspired me to look at all the foliage in my garden.

I had fun combining leaves from about five different plants, focusing on texture and shape to design two new dresses for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe™ now available as limited edition art prints.

petal and pins


flowers from my Tasmanian garden

Spending a little time in the garden this afternoon I decided to join Cathy from Rambling In The Garden for ‘In A Vase On Monday’.

The first thing I picked were some sprays of this delicate pink flower, perhaps you can identify it – I salvaged the plant from a neighbourhood green waste pile (I had the perfect bare patch to welcome it!)

salvaged lillies

I multi-tasked and watered the garden while randomly picking things including fig leaves, snow berry, purple leaved smokebush and parsley flower heads.

This ad hoc approach meant much more fiddling was required when I came to put my bunch in a vase and I ended up adding some dried gum nuts to toughen it up.

parsley flowersgumnuts & flowers

I used a vintage cut glass vase I bought from the tip shop and photographed it with one of the birds Mr Petal & Pins and I have bought as holiday momentos – this one we found in Lake Como.

Why not hop over to Cathy’s blog to see her ‘In A Vase On Monday’, and if you would like to join in put a link to yours in the comments of Cathy’s post.

hydrangea and wooden bird

Foxtails & Foliage

foxtail grass

On Friday I finally got around to playing with the bunch of foxtail grass I picked on my east coast sojourn. I’m sure you can guess what I wanted to create with them for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe!

They were more difficult to work with than I had imagined as they kept moving each time I tried to place another.

After mixed success I chose to do a bit of flower arranging instead.

Cathy from Rambling in The Garden‘s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme has prompted me to take the time to do so more regularly.

I find Seed Flora’s photos on Facebook inspiring – they are the team behind the spectacular David Jones Spring Flower Show which I posted about last Spring.

Their voluptuous and oversized arrangements with interesting and exotic mixes of foliage show you don’t need lots of flowers to create impact. But have a look at what they do with roses too it will make you swoon.

This was my Fridays arrangement. I have started keeping a few interesting shaped branches as they can come in handy when wanting to add some height.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

On Saturday we had friends coming for dinner so I decided to do 3 more arrangements and I was pleased with what I could pull together from the winter offerings of my garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

My Garden Fairy might need to wait for some alternative inspiration for a faux fur coat but she did get a stole and I think she would have been happy with that for her Winter Solstice celebrations.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

And I’m looking forward to the longer daylight hours the solstice brings.


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