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Celebration & Anticipation

petal & pins geranium dress card and spring vase

Ahh spring…you lift the spirits like no other season!

Maybe it’s all the colour that you bring or the sweet scents of jasmine,jonquils and magnolias that fills the air.

If I were in Sydney I’d be heading to the David Jones Flower Show – this years theme is a Celebration of Fragrance.

I’ve had my own mini flower show on the dining table this week with a trio of vases filled with camellias, peonies, jonquils, grape hyacinths, hellebores and japonica. Inspired by the David Jones Flower show I clustered them together for maximum impact.

Ahh spring…you inspire celebration and anticipation every year.spring vase trio

spring flowers



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!

Garbed In The Garden

© sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I’ve been eagerly awaiting the postman to deliver something special and today was the day!
Faerie Magazine Summer 2014 issue 27.

My Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe is featured along side the work of floral artists Pam Yokoyama, Vashti Cassinelli, Zita Elze and Francoise Weeks.

There’s also lots of other gorgeousness for inspiration in the garden, entertaining and some magical travel destinations.

You may recognise the article feature photo is similar to my blog ‘about’ page. The peony tree those peonies came from has just started to bloom again this week – Spring is on it’s way! Grape hyacinths are adding a splash of blue everywhere and the air is perfumed with the scent of jonquils.

Another exciting thing to happen is our new deck at the bottom of the garden was completed yesterday and it’s going to be a special spot.

I’m looking forward to lazy days and balmy nights.
Long Sunday lunches and drinks with friends.
Quiet mornings with a pot of tea.
Afternoons in dappled light.
Reading, writing, playing, dreaming.
Sharing laughter, conversation and just being.

Fashion & Favourites

I smiled when I saw this design from the Oscar De La Renta Spring/Summer 2014 collection as it reminded me of my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe dress that I created for my very first Petal & Pins post in September 2012 .

The Oscar De La Renta dress is made from crushed pleated silk taffeta and tulle, my Fairy’s dress was made from a peony flower!

The big voluptuous blooms of the tree peony are a favourite of mine and I’m lucky they were a favourite of a previous owner of my garden who long ago planted two.

That’s the thing with favourites you keep coming back to them or you want more – choosing the same dish at a favourite restaurant, revisiting a holiday destination or wearing some things from your wardrobe more often than others.

Sometimes fashion labels repeat a popular style in a different fabric or colour the following season, I certainly do that for some of my clients and I have done that here for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe – recreating my peony dress with roses.


© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

April In Paris

peonies on a flower stall in le Marais

© Sandra Alcorn 2008

© Sandra Alcorn 2008

© Sandra Alcorn 2008

As an antidote to waking up to it pouring with rain I’m listening to Count Basie & His Orchestra – April In Paris – and reminiscing about strolling around “La Ville-Lumiére”.


Peonies and Chinese Dragons

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

The other Sunday morning there was a stall at the local farmers market laden with bunches of peonies in an assortment of colours and it reminded me of the flower stalls I photographed in the Marais on a trip to Paris.

Several varieties grow in my  garden including a white with just a hint of pink towards the centre of the blooms and a rich crimson red one which this year produced enough flowers to fill a vase. After some unusually hot days the cut flowers started to dry out emphasising the jagged edges of the petals. I almost threw them out, but thought of Faded Glamour so I decided to create a garden fairy’s dress for the festive season.

It was suggested to me that it evokes a chinese dragon – what do you think?

Spring / Summer 2012/13

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

Peonies are one of my favourite flowers. A few sunny spring days and the tree peony is covered in blooms.

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