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. Shannon is currently exhibiting at the New York Stationary Show for the…

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…

Roses, peonies and sparkling, oh my!

Micro farming from the soil up. Yes you read that right, this farm is dedicated to peonies, sparkling wine and old world perfumed roses. How dreamy! Crofters Fold (even the name is dreamy!) is an inspiring spot. Located in the heart of Granite country near Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges, farmers Danielle and Ashley farm holistically…

A labour of love – growing flowers chemical free

Janae and her husband grow chemical free blooms in the little hamlet of Lyonville not far from Daylesford in Victoria. Here’s an insight into life on the land growing beautiful flowers in partnership with nature herself. Why do you grow flowers? Flowers make us happy! We always wanted to work the land in some way…

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…