Petal & Pins

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Embroidered Light

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens trees lit red for Dark MoFo

illuminated trees

trees lit red for Dark Mofo

trees illuminated for Dark Mofo

illuminated trees

Last night we went to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens  to see artist Tyrone Sheather’s sculptures as part of the Hobart Dark Mofo festival.

The trees along the avenue to the gardens were lit up red and the effect was very beautiful, it reminded me of oriental embroidery or brocade.

 

all images © Sandra Alcorn 2015

Foxtails & Foliage

foxtail grass

On Friday I finally got around to playing with the bunch of foxtail grass I picked on my east coast sojourn. I’m sure you can guess what I wanted to create with them for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe!

They were more difficult to work with than I had imagined as they kept moving each time I tried to place another.

After mixed success I chose to do a bit of flower arranging instead.

Cathy from Rambling in The Garden‘s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ meme has prompted me to take the time to do so more regularly.

I find Seed Flora’s photos on Facebook inspiring – they are the team behind the spectacular David Jones Spring Flower Show which I posted about last Spring.

Their voluptuous and oversized arrangements with interesting and exotic mixes of foliage show you don’t need lots of flowers to create impact. But have a look at what they do with roses too it will make you swoon.

This was my Fridays arrangement. I have started keeping a few interesting shaped branches as they can come in handy when wanting to add some height.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

On Saturday we had friends coming for dinner so I decided to do 3 more arrangements and I was pleased with what I could pull together from the winter offerings of my garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

My Garden Fairy might need to wait for some alternative inspiration for a faux fur coat but she did get a stole and I think she would have been happy with that for her Winter Solstice celebrations.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

And I’m looking forward to the longer daylight hours the solstice brings.

 

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