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mid spring vase of flowers from my garden

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in on ‘In a Vase On Monday’ but this morning after a few hours of sun to dry off yesterday’s rain I decided I needed to make time before spring gives way to summer.

Cathy from Rambling In The Garden started ‘In A Vase On Monday’ to share what’s in the garden year round and invites readers to share their vase or jam jar arrangements too in the comments section of her Monday blog post! (or hashtag #inavaseonmonday to your photo on Instagram)

It’s inspiring seeing other peoples arrangements, read about their gardens and the reminder that my spring is someone else’s autumn. It’s also a lovely way to take a moment out and slow down!

For this vase I wanted to recreate the part of the garden I’d gathered from – the pink climbing rose  was a house warming present and now clambers up a verandah post and tangles with the lilac and the Chinese snowball tree all intertwined with a white clematis. Near by the apple tree is in blossom and an old cécile brünner rose bush has it’s first flush of pink buds.

vase flower detail

clematis

I’ve been designing new Spring dresses for the Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe too and you can see a special one I designed with daphne, hellebores, jonquils and plum blossom gracing the cover of the online Spring edition of OnTrend Bridal magazine!

Berries & Birdcages

ivy berries

Walking back from the post office today I picked a small piece of Hedera helix – also known as common ivy, English ivy, European ivy, or just ivy!

I do have ivy growing in my garden but not with the dark purple-black fruit and I’d been thinking it would be striking in a flower arrangement, so today I’m sneaking it into  my In A Vase On Monday arrangement with flowers and foliage from my garden.

snake flowers

May vase

You may remember my peony tree  ‘pink sticks’ from a few weeks back – I’m pleased to report they kept their colour once dried – so I’ve added a few of those and some blackened plum sticks (the water shoots that grow nice and straight up from the base of the tree).

I’ve used 3 cobra head lilies, one pink rose and some bergenia  flowers that after a few days of good rain and a little sunshine are providing a lovely splash of colour in the garden.

I’m not sure the sticks work so in the morning I may have a fiddle and try it without them but I am pleased with my choice of vase – an old tarnished silver sugar bowl, which I’ve used with a ceramic flower frog to help hold the arrangement in place and my miniature wire bird cages from Faff & Rambling seemed the perfect little props to sit along side.

faff & rambling wire birdcages

Cathy from Rambling In The Garden started In A Vase On Monday to inspire people to bring something from their garden inside to enjoy – what ever the season. Pop over to her blog to see what she and others have gathered this week and if you feel like joining in one Monday put a link to your vase in the comments on her post.

Spring Just Gone

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

It’s now officially summer and I can’t believe I posted so few things about  my garden over spring – especially since it was such a good one.

Lots of things flowered early and quickly producing a profusion of colour.

Like the banksia rose which has a tangle of  pale pink rose, honeysuckle and jasmine twining through it.

When we pruned it back I gathered some up for a vase and to create several  designs for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe – here are just two of them!

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

So while I might not have posted much about spring in my garden I certainly enjoyed it!

Petal Hearts & Silk Roses

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Good Fortune, Prosperity & Roses

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Today is Chinese New Year’s eve and Gong Xi Fa Cai is the traditional greeting that means “wishing you prosperity”.

Tonight I am celebrating the occasion at a banquet cooked by a fabulous friend. The invitation requests guests wear something red, symbolising good fortune.

Red also happens to be one of my friend’s favourite colours so it’s not surprising that she grows red roses which she shared for this Garden Fairy’s dress.

I’m looking forward to tonight’s festivities and in the spirit of the day – Gong Xi Fa Cai to you!

Lavender Girl

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Mademoiselle Cécile Brunner

Cécile Brunner

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

I love these little roses, they last for ages and the bushes will flower from now right through to autumn. Tiny vases of them are scattered around the house and posies given to friends and clients. I’ve sugar coated them to decorate cakes and always try to slip a petite bunch into my bag for my mother when traveling to Sydney.

Cécile Brunner posies

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