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. I’ve loved drawing ever since I was little. I remember mum used…

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…