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Our Day Of Flowers Part 2

Let me take you for a wander through my favourite part of the Allendale Gardens I wrote about in my previous post.

The hydrangeas created swathes of colour along paths of dappled light and cascaded down the bank of the creek that runs through the property.

hydrangeas at Allendale GardenshydrangeasAllen CreekHydrangeas weren’t the only thing to add a splash of blue to this part of the garden. Peacocks and the gentle sound of wind chimes added to the enchantment.

peacockYou can imagine it took great restraint for me to not be picking flowers to create fairy dresses! And I’ve come home wanting to add a lot more hydrangeas to my garden.


Make Mine An Old Fashioned

cream hydranga

On Sunday Mr Petal & Pins and I went for a drive in the picturesque Derwent Valley.

We called into the  historic Redlands Estate at the beautifully named place Plenty. It is home to one of two ‘paddock to bottle’ single malt whiskey distilleries in the world.

Whilst we didn’t do any whiskey tasting, we did explore the pleasure gardens and enjoy a glass of wine in the afternoon sun.

The hydrangeas were laden with blooms, as are the ones in my garden from which I created this Garden Fairy’s dress. Some people consider them old fashioned – perhaps like me they remember them growing in their grandparents garden. It was my grandmother who taught me to smash the stems and stand them in hot water to make them last longer in a vase.

I’d like to re-visit Redlands Estate and see the garden in Autumn and Spring – It’s the perfect destination for a Sunday drive.

Painterly Prints

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

“Brushstroke Prints: Spring’s most striking artistic expression. Fashion and art have always crossed paths, and for Spring / Summer 2013 the relationship is as literal as ever.” –

This season the hydrangeas in my garden appear to have been dabbed with a paint brush too – I love the colour palette of soft greens, pinks and burgundy.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

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