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…

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…

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 in Melbourne

Lucky Melbourne! For the second year, this incredible event celebrating floristry and its community is on again. Thirteen Victorian florists have each designed and constructed their own artistic installations that defy traditional understandings of floristry and will been display for the public to see this weekend in Collingwood. Melbourne is home to some of the most…

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…