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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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blue tinge

De Rigueur

flower glove

There has been a distinct chill in the air this week in Hobart so there is no mistaking winter is almost here. I’ve delayed walking the dog until late morning hoping for a little sunshine – but I’ve needed to be quick to catch it. A coat is now de rigueur and its time to bring out the gloves too!

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?

 

Darling Dahlias

Dahlia Show at Hobart Town Halldahlia at Hobart flower showdahlia displayprize winning dahlia

Dahlias have been popping up a lot in my Instagram feed, popular with florists, gardeners and brides, but for some people they’ve never gone out of fashion.

We spent a delightful Saturday morning recently seeing the Hobart Horticultural Society Dahlia show at the Hobart Town Hall and armed with an insider tip we wrote down the numbers of some of our favourites so we can purchase some of the tubers later in the year.

They will be a new addition to the petal & pins garden and I just can’t wait to see them popping up with their festive form and colours!

 

 

Short & Sweet

hydrangea mannequin

I had  planned to write about something all together different – I’ve had a post half written and something new from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe to share for well over a week… best laid plans and all that.

So it is just going to be short and sweet – a bit like this dress I created this morning on the miniature dressmaker’s stand that usually sits on my workroom mantle piece.

 

The Ugly Duckling

delphiniumIf the French epithet ‘joile laide’ could apply  to a flower I think this delphinium would be a good candidate.

The lone stem in a bucket full of blue caught my eye when leaving the local farmers market, I turned on my heels and retraced my steps to have a closer look.

It was a bit of an ugly duckling surrounded by that magnificent blue yet strangely elegant – if there were more the same I imagined you could create a very sophisticated floral arrangement mixed in with white flowers and greenery.

delphinium detail

Now I have a self imposed ‘rule’ not to buy flowers to design with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe’ but this lone stem was impossible to resist  – it’s petals patterned like they’ve been drawn on with charcoal captivated me and once home inspired several dresses too.

delphinium dress from petal & pins

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?

 

© Sandra Alcorn 2015 All words and images on this blog are my own work (unless otherwise credited) please ask before reproducing elsewhere.

A New Flower Blooms Every Day

At this time of year I love to walk around my garden each day just to see what is newly in bud, has flowered or where hints of green have appeared, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this spring ritual.

Over several recent posts I have shared the early blooming blossoms in my neighbourhood and the exquisiteness of my pink tree peony. They have been just wonderful this year and inspired some new designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

The colour (and inspiration) has been abundant this spring and I have designed a whole collection of dresses with the grape hyacinths and the purple iris too – I was pleased to see my efforts in dividing the iris have given such splendid results and added new colour to a previously rather neglected area.

We’ve had rain and some unseasonably warm weather so I’ve had to be quick thinking to photograph those that flower fleetingly.

Before a trip to Sydney last week the cherry tree was a mass of white blossom, freesias scented the air and the lilacs were just starting to bud. I returned to a heady scent of lilac as I walked in the gate, roses flowering, apple blossom, and the cherry tree the bright green that comes with new leaves – so plenty of colour to pick for a bountiful spring vase.

‘A new flower blooms everyday’ – it could be a proverb to inspire optimism and isn’t that something spring always brings.

daffodils and grape hyacinthspurple irischerry blossomyellow lillycrabapple and japonicacamelliaspring flower arrangement from my garden

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A Garden Fairy’s Birthday!

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!

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