It’s never too late to find your passion…

Kate Southon of Millicent Green shares her story of changing direction at 41.   “You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.……” I have always loved this Dr Seuss quote from “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” Not knowing what I wanted to…

Garden grown and styled: Aesme UK

I am so incredibly inspired by this business; two sisters growing and styling their own botanicals, a mix of the city / country life and a rambling garden style of sustainable floristry. Sisters, Jess and Alex run Aesme flower studio in a refurbished Victorian railway arch in Shepherd’s Bush, West London. And they grow most of…

TEN things you need to know about peonies… and pick your own

As well as incredible beauty, peonies have depth, history, healing qualities and as a cut flower they’re actually mighty good value. If cared for right, they’ll last a couple of weeks in the vase! 10 things to know about peonies The peony is the 12th wedding anniversary flower (or every anniversary in my book!!) 2….

Takes my breath away, every day

“Having my breath taken away by a single bloom”. This is just one of the things that drives Sophie, flower farmer at Little Triffids Flowers in North Wagga Wagga, NSW Riverina If you’re curious about growing flowers or you’re already a grower, this series of farmer profiles should give a great insight into life as a…

From the farm gate: artisan flower farmers

As you may have noticed…there’s a very exciting renaissance going on for field grown flowers in Australia. I am super excited to introduce you to a group doing awesome things for small artisan flower farmers and for the flower lovers and  designers who seek their blooms. And this innovative group has big plans. Think ‘farm…

WORKSHOP IT: the best flower workshops and masterclasses

All in the one spot – an ever-growing list of workshops and masterclasses across the world. Get in touch to add to the list. (Image credit – feature and below : The Flower Dispensary Masterclass by Katie Grant Photography) Where to find some of the best floral masterclasses in the world AUSTRALIA / New Zealand / ASIA…

Prunella – botanical styling from another time

Considered by Belle Magazine to be amongst the most innovative floral designers in Australia, Prunella’s work is utterly spellbinding. I’ll never forget the day I saw Prunella’s work. It was just on their website, I couldn’t even smell the flowers, but that was enough. My jaw hit the floor, I was mesmerised. Their botanical arrangements…

PARIS AND FLOWERS- another gorgeous coffee table book

Those two words can bring some people to their knees and now there is a beautiful new book to combine the them. Paris in Bloom delivers on every level of what you have hoped for…. Naturally it comes with a travel warning, of the best kind: This book may result in impulsive travel behaviour. With…

Profile – Margaret Ransfield, Clover Flowers

Margie, owner and head stylist at Clover Flowers in Melbourne has an unwavering passion for flowers. She’s been at it since she was 14 in both Australia and New Zealand, but launched her first Clover store for Mothers Day a couple of years ago in the heart of Melbourne’s Inner West. It was love at…

The magic of a flower crown?

Although a fresh flower crown is not an accessory that lasts very long, its appeal has lasted centuries across the worlds of fashion, art and special occasions generally. It saw a revival a few years ago and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing. Although something with such deep roots can hardly be called a…

How to kokedama

Looking like something that just rolled out of a beautiful mossy garden, the kokedama, (translation: moss ball), is a superb alternative to a potted plant. Considered the poor mans bonsai in Japan, the kokedama is a nod to the Japanese aesthetic wabi sabi – another very cool name – which is all about the imperfections…

For the love of dahlias

There’s something magical about a field full of flowers, especially one with almost every colour on the colour wheel! For one of the most spectacular sites a dahlia lover could dream of, you have to get yourself to Winchelsea, Victoria in February. Forty one years ago, Jenny Parish was given a box of dahlia tubers…

Book: In Full Flower

Another floral design book has hit the shelves, and it’s a beauty. Dripping with the most stunning images by husband and wife duo, Gemma Ingalls and Andrew Ingalls, IN FULL FLOWER: INSPIRED DESIGNS BY FLORAL’S NEW CREATIVES celebrates some of the most influential floral designers working today—Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua, Kristen Caissic of Moon Canyon, Sarah Winward of…

Guess who’s coming for dinner…..

I’m pretty sure I burnt dinner, the day I came across Ponderosa and Thyme on Instagram. Woa! Click to website. WOW. The words I read on Katie’s website, along with her divine imagery was so utterly captivating, I almost signed up for a workshop in France with a price tag of $6,000 US. Her style…

The best flower markets in the world

What is it about a market that we love so much? For me even just the word ‘market’ conjures up romantic notions of breadsticks, baskets and bunches of blooms. (but I am a bit of a dreamer) I guess they offer something real that other forms of shopping can’t – the abundance of freshness and colour,…

On a mission: sustainable floral design

With a background and training in industrial design, sustainability and environmental management, Aga offers the full package of gorgeous and sustainable floral design. “Flowers are an organic, biodegradable organism that should be respected and once their beauty has been enjoyed, composted back into the ground where their journey began.” With the help of a George…

Growth spurt – Irish flower farmers on the increase

Cut flowers is big business in Ireland but surprisingly local growers only make up a tiny percentage of the industry. When I learnt that Ireland spends upwards of 34 million euros each year in Holland for its cut flowers it completely piqued my curiosity.. I mean it’s clear things grow well in Ireland.. I’ve never…

Dreamy floral art

Introducing the artist behind these exquisite floral prints –  Marisa Veerman. I am a photographic and textile fine artist based in Brisbane. I began my career as a textile visual merchandiser in fabric boutiques across the state. My work involved creating fashion and theatrical pieces on mannequins with pins and fabric alone. It really was a…

THE GOOD LIFE – Farming and designing home grown blooms

What do you get when you cross landscape design, farming and floral design on 100 acres adjoining a river….. One of the most beautiful flower farms around, and not one but two floral artists. Helen Leighton is a landscape designer and floral designer using flowers grown sustainably and chemical free at Riverdale Farm – where…

Why we need Winter for creativity…

Oh Winter, hello again.. According to Chinese medicine, Winter is the best season if you’re a creative, so a good time to get down with the Yin energy of the season. ‘Winter is the best season if you’re a creative’ Thousands of years ago, people lived in a state of complete harmony with nature. They…

Drawing… for the love of flowers

She’s been drawing since she can’t remember. She’s even allowed to draw on the walls!! This is  Shannon Cheung from Typoflora. Shannon creates the most beautiful hand illustrated designs with flowers across a range of original and sophisticated   stationary and branding services. Shannon is currently exhibiting at the New York Stationary Show for the…

A Royal Forage – wedding flowers to make a statement

Meghan and Harry’s wedding flowers are set to make a strong statement for flowers with an environmental and social conscience. According to media and palace reports , flowers and foliage have been foraged from the Royal’s parks and gardens, from bee-friendly wildflower fields and flowers will be given to charity after the event. Oh wouldn’t…

Mother’s Day milestone – 1 year anniversary

These are my mother’s hands – a farmer’s daughter, nurse, gardener and floral artist. (And loads of other things!) When I kicked off this blog last Mother’s Day, I didn’t realize how fitting that start date actually was. See, I have my dear Mum to thank for passing on a love of flowers and it’s…