Petal & Pins

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Little Joys

At the top of the hill there is a roundabout that peels off in several directions past which my street becomes a dead-end.  If you walk right down to the bottom you will discover a path that follows a creek bed.

It feels like you are in the countryside, not a city suburb with all the hustle and bustle that entails, and so it is a favourite route when walking with Mr Petal & Pins and Agnes.

At this time of year a pink hawthorn tree adds an extra air of romance to the entrance, the flowers are so pretty they look like bunches of miniature roses and I can’t help but dream of garden fairy dresses when I walk by.

pink hawthorn tree

petal & pins dress from pink hawthorn flowers

Walking somewhere regularly I think you discover a favorite route that isn’t always about the shortest way but more about the little joys that things along the way can bring.

In primary school I would cut through a vacant block that had wild freesias growing and my sister and I would often stop to pick them.

In high school it was walking past a large overgrown garden with a mysterious old house that you could just glimpse through the corner gates that fed my imagination (helped along with a few urban myths).

Passing that garden nearly everyday for five years felt like a glimpse of  ‘otherness’ – how I would have loved to explore it.

These days it is home to the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre  thanks to the generous bequest of the original owners and so it feeds the imagination and brings joy in other ways.

On Sunday I am taking petal & pins to the Wild Ones Art & Design Market held at Hazelhurst and a little smile of joy is bound to cross my face at the memory of those days peering in.

Wild Ones Market

pink hawthorn flowers

An Imaginary Guest

white and cream flowers from my garden

A few days ago, I decided to pick a bunch of white and cream spring flowers from my garden and since the wedding season has begun they were perfect for creating a wedding dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I used the Jupiter’s Beard centrathus ruber, Snow Ball Bush viburnum opulus, and Granny’s Bonnet aquilegia – all of which I have created dresses with before.

The Jupiter’s Beard reminds me of tulle and the Snow Ball Bush guipure lace flowers.

start of white dressSpring wedding dress 2015
I love white and green gardens, they are elegant and calm, but I’m too much of a lover of colour to ever restrict a garden to just that, besides my garden is a collaborative effort with ‘gardeners past’ and tends to reflect that.

If I were playing the game of ultimate dinner party guest-list, one of the guests would be the person who started my garden – a pre dinner stroll around the garden would be a must, with a glass of champagne of course!

Who would be on yours?

 

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Oh So Pretty!

tree peony

Following on from my last post I thought I’d share some  photos of my tree peony – aren’t they just the most gorgeous of flowers!

There are a lot of this variety in gardens around my neighbourhood and I am lucky to have two growing in mine.

Just like when the blossom is out they make a Springtime stroll a very pretty one indeed!

Happy First Day Of Spring

camellias and blossoms

Last week started out sunny in Hobart, there was even enough sunshine to decide to eat lunch outside and linger but by the end of the week Winter wanted a last hurrah and it rained, hailed and howled.

More snow fell on the mountain and my early flowering camellias dropped on the ground.

They are too pretty to leave languishing so I brought a few inside to enjoy before the petals had a chance to brown. Combined with a few pretty pink blossoms on a vintage plate I think they look rather scrumptious.

It could be reinterpreted into a dessert – meringue and raspberries perhaps?!
Instead I created a confection of a dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

Spring dress

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Early Signs Of Spring

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A Lovely Reminder

If you joined me on ‘A Twilight Stroll’ you will have seen some of the blossom that is out at the moment in my neighbourhood.
blossom dress detail
The other day I created a blossom dress for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe from the first of our plum trees to flower.  I don’t harvest a lot of the fruit from this tree as it is a small variety of plum and the birds are quick to feast on them.

blossom dress bodice detail

In the past I’ve made a sweet chilli plum sauce, a rather laborious process I must confess, but a delicious result. Perhaps it’s the year to make the effort to do so again.

I do however always pick some branches of the blossom to bring inside. They don’t last long but are such a pretty thing to have in a vase – and a lovely reminder to savour life’s fleeting moments.

My great aunt passed on her secret of spraying blossom with hairspray to make it last a little longer. Practical tip or old wives tale who knows, but I like to believe it does work not least for the fond memories it conjures up of her!

With guests for dinner on Saturday night, naturally at least one of the many vases I filled featured blossom.

Our other plum is now flowering so I combined branches of the two. The one I created my garden fairy’s dress with has lovely deep reddish brown leaves and the softest of pink blossom and the other has light green leaves and a pure white blossom.

plum blossom

I put this arrangement in the bathroom (with a squirt of hairspray!) and I’m sharing it as my ‘In A Vase On Monday’ – started by Cathy from Rambling in the Garden she invites you to share what you gather from your garden each week.

By the time I photographed it this afternoon the warmth of being inside had unfurled most of the leaves…meanwhile outside one tree is a fairy floss like froth of blossom and the other just a sprinkling of blooms.

Is it any wonder they have inspired a Garden Fairy’s dress!

petal & pins plum blossom dress

A Twilight Stroll

It’s a pretty time of the year to walk around my neighbourhood with lots of  blossom trees flowering. Yesterday I took my camera with me so join me on a twilight stroll…

blossom treesblossom

blossom trees and wattle

twilight and blossomblossom in July

walking the dog

twilight strollBlossom in July

twilight in Hobart

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.

Sometime Somewhere

Spring St Melbourne

graffiti Hosier Lane Melbourne

Cose Ipanema window

A recent trip to Melbourne was a bit longer than the usual weekend jaunt and it made for a more leisurely pace with time to catch up with friends and do some different things.

Mr Petal & Pins and I spent the weeks leading up to going excitedly plotting where we wanted to eat and shop, adding new places to our list of favourites.

Going to La Belle Miette for a box of macarons has started to be a bit of a tradition – one I’m quite happy to cultivate.
Choosing flavours, not to mention which box requires careful consideration!
My posts Macarons Memories & Momentoes and Spilt Wine show how I like to repurpose the boxes.

Taking advantage of the sunshine we took a stroll through Fitzroy Gardens and it brought back memories of a childhood visit when my family drove down to Melbourne and took the boat across to Tasmania.

Fitzroy Gardens

trees Fitzroy Gardens

flowers

The impetus for the whole trip was to see jazz singer Stacey Kent and her band in their first and only Australian concert so on the last evening we walked from our apartment across the river to the Melbourne Recital Hall.

It was a wonderful concert, delightful and very special to hear her sing live. It left a spring in my step (and her tunes in my head) for days and it’s now on my wish list to see them perform again sometime somewhere.

Before flying home the next day we hired a car and went to Heide Museum of Modern Art which I have been keen to get to for a while now.

metal sculpture

sculpture at Heide

Heide

Fiona Hall artists garden at Heide

A feature of this rockery is the experimental espalier across the facade of three Silver Princess trees Eucalyptus caesia. It is designed by Australian artist Fiona Hall and is the second artist’s garden commissioned by Heide.

It was raining so we didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the gardens but lingered in the gallery and had lunch in the cafe.

artwork by Emily Floyd

Heide Gallery

hot chocolate and a short black

It was the perfect way to round out our mini vacation – food, friends, fashion, music and art.

I’ve already earmarked an upcoming exhibition for a return trip to Heide, hopefully on a day that lends itself to a picnic in the gardens.

And then there was the cocktails at New Gold Mountain… we might have to start a new tradition.

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