Staying in a French Chateau …

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.

Dreamy rose and perfume workshop …

Soho Rose Farm and The Powder Room are teaming up to bring you an immersive rose and fragrance experience this Spring. Kristy Tippet owner of Soho Rose Farm, and Samantha Taylor, Fragrance Specialist will share their deep passion for roses and fragrance in an exclusive workshop held amongst sumptuous paddocks of locally grown blooms. The…

Flower farm trail launches in Vic, Australia

The flower farmers of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges in Victoria, Australia are joining forces to offer a series of events and experiences from each Spring through to Autumn. The Daylesford Macedon Flower Farm Trail will be an annual event and is the first major collaboration from local flower farmers, providing visitors an opportunity to experience…

Children and nature – it’s a special kind of thing…

We asked four mums who work with flowers, and on farms, in different parts of Australia about what it gives their kids, and what in turn that brings them.
This post is a wonderful insight into life on a flower farm with kids and an urgent reminder of how essential a connection to nature is for our mental health and our survival on this planet.

Second blooming

Introducing Perpetual Blooms – where flowers from weddings and events have a second life, bringing joy to people in the community who need it most. “I started Perpetual Blooms because it really upset me to come to the end of an event and have to throw the flowers so beautifully arranged in the bin.”  Anita…

Seasonal spotlight on Mothers Day…

Of course with the whole season and hemisphere thing, Mothers Day means different things all over the globe in terms of seasonally grown flowers. While they harvest in the Spring up north, we’re planting bulbs and tucking up for Winter down south. I was recently asked to give an overview of Mothers Day activities in…

Accidentally surrounded by flowers

Rose and Abraham Flower Co Elisabeth of Rose and Abraham Flower Co near Castlemaine, Victoria, grows the most exquisite flowers. The colours and varieties are of such rare beauty they literally stop you in your tracks – her Instagram feed is utterly distracting. Much like her method of farming, it was an organic journey that…

Keep it wild, flower child

For a family gathering a good few years back, pre floral obsession days, Mum brought a branch into the house and hung it on the wall with some twigs. I couldn’t get over how it changed the space, it was so simple, instant joy! Floristry had never crossed my mind as something I would be…

A Tree in the House

A Tree in the House is a stunning ode – in words as well as pictures – to flower arranging. Part guide for the aspiring home florists, and part celebration of rural life in sync with nature, it celebrates the joy that flowers bring to our every day lives.  Author Annabelle Hickson believes playing and…