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There is still plenty of autumn colour around Hobart and in my garden and I gathered some up to design new dresses for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe®.  The maple tree by one of the front gates is particularly spectacular and has grown to have a lovely arching shape over the steps, hiding a glimpse of the house when you first enter the gate until you reach the curve of the path.

I’ve written before about my half circle path with a gate at each end – this gate (we call it the top gate!) is my favourite to go in and out of in Autumn because of the maple and the other (the bottom gate!) is my favourite in Spring when the rose that twists through the patchwork hedge sends sprays of pink blooms over head.

 

 

Greenery

greenery

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.

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Unexpected Colours

vintage flower dress

We were sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the end of May and I put them in the hallway to enjoy in passing and to avoid the rapid decline that a vase of flowers can have in a room that is heated during winter.

I try to remember to change the water and snip stems regularly but sometimes it’s easy to forget in the bustle of life. I also like to let a vase linger past its prime – there is beauty in decaying flowers – shapes change and unexpected colours appear.

Ahead of the weekend I decided to empty that hallway vase and another, but not before turning the aged beauty they contained into a Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress.

In my Meet The Maker interview I spoke about my childhood ‘dress up box’ and my inspiration for this particular Garden Fairy’s dress was the idea of it coming out of such a box or an old suitcase – transformed with age and time into something quite different with a special beauty.

There are bergenias, lilies, proteas and gerberas in the mix, can you imagine it brand new!

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Catching The Colour

autumn ornamental grape vinereships

I had the idea to capture the colours of autumn along the same route I took you on for a twilight stroll.

Mr Petal & Pins loved the idea when I told him my plan, but when I took my camera with me a few days later the moment was gone – the trees that I’d been admiring with their blaze of crimsons and reds only had a sparse amount of leaves still clinging to their branches so I settled for a photo of the ornamental grape that covers a fence and the rose bush that escapes a summer deadheading.

Sometimes when catching the colour you need to be quick…Mother Nature waits for no one.

 

Autumn Ikebana

Autumn Ikebana

Monday seems to have come around again very quickly – but then of course daylight saving has ended here and the days are getting shorter as we edge towards winter.

A busy morning meant I didn’t think about gathering things from my garden to join Cathy for In A Vase On Monday until this afternoon. I decided to use my ikebana vase, a gift from my sister, and 3 stems of dried seeds I picked on a walk earlier.

From my garden I chose a small branch of magnolia, some pieces of camellia with buds and some white flowers.

I’ve also reused one of the agapanthus seed heads  from my Pink Sticks & Pinking Shears vase as I liked how it had started to dry to a yellowy colour that picks up  the centre of the single iris and also reveals a hint of the black seeds.

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miniature brass buddha

My little brass buddha seemed the perfect prop to place on the flat base of the vase – turning my arrangement into a miniature  garden when viewed at eye level.

You can see how I’ve used the ikebana vase previously in my post A String Of Pearls , also coincidentally an autumn arrangement!

 

A Floral Gift

petal & pins hydrangea gown print

Sunday May the 9th is Mothers Day in Australia and a print from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe range would make a lovely gift.

Pictured is the Hydrangea Gown – Hydrangeas remind me of my grandmother, I remember watching  and learning from her what to do with the stems before putting them in a vase.

Nasturtium flowers are one I associate with my mother – I have designed and written about them previously in Slightly Defiant & Carefree .

My signed art prints are made with a high quality digital inkjet printer using fine cotton rag art paper and water based archival inks for beautiful long lasting images.

Available in A4 and A3 sizes from the petal & pins online shop (we ship worldwide) and  selected retailers .

In May you can also find me at the following design markets –

Sunday 1st May in Hobart at the market.

Friday to Sunday 6th, 7th & 8th May in Adelaide at Bowerbird Bazaar

Is there a flower that reminds you of your mother or grandmother?

 

Hemline

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Hemline detail for the Renegade Luxe dress.

Pink Sticks & Pinking Shears

 

 

hydrangeas and autumn foliage

Yesterday I spent a productive afternoon bottling apples from my tree, it was a team effort with my friend Amanda and has started to be an Autumn tradition. Last year we had two vintage vacola units on the go, but this year the apples are early and not quite as plentiful.

We had a small branch of apples left over after filling the bottles which I decided to put to decorative use today for In A Vase On Monday.

My vacola preserver – passed down from my parents – is a wonderful shade of green and having it out made me think of my vintage ‘acorn’ vase. So the apples and vase were my starting point, along with some peony ‘sticks’ which last week I stripped of leaves to show off the lovely pinkness of them.

peony branches

This morning I gathered other foliage and flowers from the garden including hydrangeas, agapanthus seed heads, oak leaf hydrangea leaves, snowberries and a branch of chestnut leaves – I love how they look like they’ve been cut with pinking shears!
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autumn 2016 flower arrangement from my garden
apples and oakleaf hydrangea leaves

'In A Vase On Monday' Autumn 2016

In the end I created two arrangements as the acorn vase didn’t seem to need the agapanthus or snowberries. I like how you can see the pink peony stems through the cut glass vase, and I couldn’t help but show off some of yesterdays effort!

preserved apples and autumn vase

In A Vase On Monday is hosted by Cathy – her garden is in the north east rural fringe of the West Midlands, UK – why not see what Spring delights she is starting to find and share something from your garden.

Crumbles & Rosehips

rosehips

I thought the rosehips were appearing early in my garden and then I realised it’s officially Autumn next week!

The roses aren’t the only thing that need deadheading or a late summer trim, time to take advantage of the last few weeks of daylight saving and get out into the garden in the early evening.

What are early this year are the apples – usually I’m picking and bottling in April but they are already showing their pretty pink blush now.

With blackberries ripe too it’s time for making a few crumbles – now that signals Autumn at our house!

rose hip hankerchief hem dress by petal and pins

Salvaged

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.

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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

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