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…

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…

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…

FLOWERING NOW. Exhibition this weekend

A VERY exciting event is on this weekend for lovers of all things botanical. 13 Victorian florists have each designed and constructed their own artistic installations at the Collingwood Town Hall that defy traditional understandings of floristry. ‘Flowering Now’ is an idea hatched at the flower market a few weeks ago when Katie Marx and…

Flower farming in the Blue Mountains

Floral by Nature is a micro flower farm on a 104 acre property in the beautiful Kanimbla Valley, Blue Mountains. Together with their two young children, Celine and her husband Tristan grow a range of annuals – sunflowers, zinnias, celosia, snapdragons, poppies, dahlias and David Austin Roses. “We have set aside approximately two acres for the…

Wrap up – Five day Flower and Garden Show

Over 91,000 flower lovers and eager green thumbs flocked to the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show last week to admire an array of award-winning gardens and seek out new and rare blooms, striking floral installations and engaging presentations. We are so lucky to have a show of such high standard and size here in…

Floral feast on show

As you’re probably aware, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is underway, and this year is a cracker. We are so lucky to have a show of such high standard and size here in Melbourne. It’s rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world and is the largest horticultural event…

How dying flowers teach us how to live

As I clean up the pile of decaying and rather stinky flowers from the weekend wedding job and also from the mantels and benches of my own house, a pang of sadness hits me (it doesn’t help that Julia Stone is singing a very melancholy song in the background). It’s such a shame that beauty…

Christmas at an Irish country house. Ballymaloe House, Ireland

Grab a mince tart and feast your eyes and ears on Christmas at the iconic Irish country house and food mecca, Ballymaloe House. With seven dining rooms, a conservatory, several stairways, landings, window arches and lobby areas, Iona Murray – resident floral stylist, certainly has her work cut out for her. This huge task is…

Fresh floral Christmas

A little Christmas inspo brought to you by Little Twig Flowers and The Image Takers. Little Twig is making custom Christmas decorations for homes, restaurants, parties. Hit them up at www.littletwig.com.au

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