Petal & Pins

Easter Greetings

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Happy Easter

Felices Pascuas

Buona Pasqua

Joyeuses Paques

Wesolych Swiat

Autumn

leaf bodice

“Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower”

Albert Camus

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 A Wedding Dress for an Autumn Bride from my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Oakleaf Hydrangea

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Minarets & Lion’s Tail

 

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

This morning I wandered into the garden to choose some flowers for ‘In a Vase on Monday’.

Some of the things I picked for this arrangement are Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum, Lion’s Tail Leonotis leonurus, Iris foetiidissima seed pods and Bergenia leaves.

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The dark chocolaty brown leaves are from a bush that perhaps someone can identify for me – I don’t think it’s a particularly attractive bush – but I must say it is very effective in a vase.

When I was picking the lion’s tail I liked the stems with just the sculptural trio of green ‘balls’ as much as the ones with the burst of orange petals. In writing this post I discovered they are also referred to as ‘minaret flowers’ which is easy to see why.

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The still life was arranged on my lounge room mantelpiece and includes some of my vintage wooden cotton reels, the petite shoes bought on my last day in Paris and several volumes of the New Harmsworth Self-Educator that belonged to my grandfather.

It was published circa 1913 and there are some interesting and eclectic topics. Since my blog is called Petal & Pins I found something with a ‘pin’ theme to share with you.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

‘In A Vase On Monday’ was started by Cathy from Rambling In The Garden – take a look at hers and perhaps one Monday you might like to share yours!

April In Paris

peonies on a flower stall in le Marais

© Sandra Alcorn 2008

© Sandra Alcorn 2008

© Sandra Alcorn 2008

As an antidote to waking up to it pouring with rain I’m listening to Count Basie & His Orchestra – April In Paris – and reminiscing about strolling around “La Ville-Lumiére”.

 

An Autumn Weekend

Cathy from Rambling In The Garden started ‘In a vase on Monday’ as a weekly ritual of bringing something from the garden inside no matter what the season and invites readers to do the same.

I have been enjoying seeing hers and Julie from Peonies & Posies gorgeous floral creations -  both being northern hemisphere gardeners I’m delighting in their Spring finds just as I head into Autumn and Winter.

A week or two ago theirs and many other blogs I look at were filled with the exuberance and colour of the beginning of Spring and the excitement of days outside that will bring. At the same time we suddenly had a drop in temperature and rainy grey days so there was no mistaking Autumn had well and truly begun.

On Saturday we took advantage of a fine weather day for a drive to Oatlands, taking Agnes for a walk around the lake and looking at some of the antique stores where I bought a length of vintage ribbon.

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Sunday friends came for afternoon tea. Going into the garden to gather some flowers for a vase I thought I would be scrounging to find much to pick but I was pleased with the arrangement – adding some autumnal hued sprigs of Dogwood and some dried Honesty seemed to pull it all together.

Perhaps the vintage ribbon inspired my gathering, certainly the colours are complementary – so I thought I’d share a picture of them for ‘In a vase on Monday’.

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The Seventh Fuchsia

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

 

I have seven different Fuchsias  growing in my garden.

Six of them were already well established when the garden became mine – including two pale pink and the pink/purple one I’ve used for this Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe design.

A couple of years ago my father bought me a variety called Peppermint Stick from a plant stall on a drive down to Huonville and we planted it together outside my salon window. It hasn’t had as many blooms as some of the others but otherwise is thriving in our chosen spot.

At dad’s suggestion I struck a piece incase I lose the original. It’s doing well but I’ll keep it in a pot on the deck over winter and then find a place to plant it – perhaps in the back garden where it will get a bit more sun which might bring more blooms.

Do you have Fuchsias in your garden?

 

Jupiter’s Beard & The Queen Of Vines

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I had to go to my bookshelf to discover the name of the flowers I used for this Garden Fairy’s gown (it is indeed a gown rather than simply a dress – perhaps inspired by the metres of tulle I’m currently sewing up for my latest bride).

Consulting The Gardener’s Book of Colour I was able to identify it – Centranthus ruber albus – commonly referred to as Jupiter’s Beard.

I must say it’s prettier and more delicate than what a beard conjures up but I think naming it Jupiter’s gives it an air of magic.

Recently I discovered on Nathalie’s blog Cover Me In Flowers that clematis are sometimes referred to as Old Man’s Beard. I was similarly underwhelmed by the name but Nathalie reminded me of the feathery seed puffs that form and could be described as beard like.

I’ve never had much success at growing clematis but perhaps come Spring I’ll try again though I don’t think I’ll be calling it Old Man’s Beard – I much prefer their other name Queen of Vines.

Purse Project

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

The results of my bag making project from The Last Days Of Summer using my photos from Kaleidoscope Garden

 

 

Garden Party

 

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© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I created this hydrangea dress when the flowers were still creamy white.

A week or so later and the flower heads on the bushes have turned a mix of dusty pinks and greens – I love having vases full of them in the hall and on the mantelpiece.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Another of my hydrangea dresses, from when the flowers are creamy white, features in my new card set – ‘Garden Party’ Collection – along with pansies, brassica, geraniums and pom pom flowers.

Summer might be at an end here but this new card collection will be a reminder of the fun and frivolity that a garden party can bring…and if you’re in the northern hemisphere they’d make lovely invitations to one now you’re coming into Spring.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe ‘Garden Party’ Collection
Notecard Set 5 x cards 5 x envelopes AUS $24.95 plus pp.
Available now from my Etsy Store

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