A Garden Chat – Petrina Blooms

Welcome to the first of a series of chats with garden folk, with a special focus on those who grow flowers for cutting purposes. Our first chat is with Petrina Burrill of Petrina Blooms who grows a whole lot of blooms in her suburban garden in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Such a treat to hear from this…

Garden party dining for Melbourne

What a treat awaiting us in Melbourne. Like walking through the pages of House and Garden magazine, The Commons at Ormond Collective is an alfresco garden sanctuary with a garden style straight out of Europe. The sprawling gardens have been enhanced with topiary and burgeoning florals. Foxgloves and hydrangeas spill out of basketry, wooden troughs…

Growing flowers in small spaces

I’ve had notions of growing our own cut flowers for a while now but I was always waiting until I had a patch of ground. When the round-about of life stopped this year, we had just moved to an inner-city terrace house with limited growing space. Like many during this unsettling time, the need to…

Dried flowers: a chat with author Bex Partridge

This stunning book, Everlastings: How to grow, harvest and create with dried flowers  is a celebration of the life of flowers, showcasing the ethereal beauty of dried flowers. Author, Bex Partridge takes you on a journey, starting with practical advice on how to pick flowers both at your home and outdoors, with in-depth descriptions of…

Stunning new flower book from Phaidon

Hitting the shelves this September – a comprehensive and sumptuous survey that celebrates the beauty and appeal of flowers throughout art, history and culture. Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom takes readers on a journey across continents and cultures to discover the endless ways artists and designers throughout history, from ancient Egypt to today, have depicted…

Getting lost to find flowers, in the Irish countryside

Atop a hill, on the outskirts of a small village in the west of Ireland…. is a thriving flower farm and floral design studio. Hanako Flower Farm and Studio has made a success of flower farming in a tricky climate for 27 years.

Flowers for the house on a budget

With a bit of a re-think, some smaller vases and floristry hacks, here’s how you can style your house with flowers for around $30, across 4-5 rooms! Flowers on a budget  1. Buying and sourcing flowers for home Buy two bunches – one of your favourite (in-season!!) blooms and another of greenery (foliage) with lots…

Chateau life…

I don’t think you could ever tire of rolling down a French country lane through ivy-covered woods, with glimpses of a stunning french chateau in the distance. In fact, it’s not hard to see how you could fall in love, dream of buying it and live half the year in France.  Well Australian couple Suzie…

TEN things you need to know about peonies…

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! 1. The peony is the 12th wedding anniversary flower (or every anniversary in my book!!) 2. The peony is believed to…

Cut flowers return to Wardington Manor, new book out.

Cut flower gardeners, Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld from THE LAND GARDENERS supply some of London’s top florists from their walled garden at Wardington Manor. They have released a beautiful new book to inspire cut flower growing, the importance of composting and soil health. When The Land Gardeners arrived at Wardington Manor, the cutting gardens…

Soho Rose Farm thrives in new home

When the beloved Soho Rose Farm went up for sale, Kristy and her family took a huge risk to relocate 6000 roses. Their first season was more than they could have hoped for.