Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gumnut Rose Wedding Bouquet


I am an unapologetic hoarder of Martha Stewart Wedding magazines.  I pull them out of the bookcase again and again - they are so beautifully crafted and have wonderful ideas in them time and time again.  I got the urge to make a hand-tied wedding bouquet, which I haven't done for a while.  Hand-tied bouquets have been the most popular style of floral arrangement for brides for a while now and they look just as at home in a vase as they do accompanying a bride down the aisle (minus the ribbon of course).

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Summer's End Tea Party: floral table centrepiece


I walked out the back door yesterday morning with our dogs and pussy cats in tow.  As we wandered around the backyard, looking for some flowers for my next project, I realised that summer is coming to an end.  Not a flower was in sight except for some ground cover primulas so I went out to the front of the house where the roses reside - not a single bud.

Well, there was one more little garden that I hadn't checked - the vegetable garden.  Admittedly it has been a little neglected, but the sturdy little herbs and leafy greens have soldiered on despite the lack of water.  So I trotted back around to the back of the house and found miracle of miracles: the only flowers with stems in the whole garden. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Be My Valentine OR ELSE: double decker heart bouquet

Valentine's Day is on the 14th and this year I've decided to love me.  My husband brought me home a lovely box of chocolate truffles yesterday (he figures better too early than too late).  I excitedly helped myself to pink champagne, leatherwood honey, tia maria... only to wake up the next morning with a headache to rival any cocktail-induced hangover.  Poor hubby.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sunshiny Sunflowers: a floral bouquet


I was in the fruit and veg shop yesterday and I saw these looovely sunflowers - they really are a ''happy'' flower.  Another happy and really long lasting flower is the chrysanthemum... I sound like I have a speech impediment when I say that word, so just as well I'm typing it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chinese New Year: a floral centrepiece


As Chinese New Year is upon us and Bonsai originated in China, this little Chinese farmer and his cattle seem very appropriate for the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Peacock Courtship: wedding bouquet on a budget


I thought it would be fun to show how cheaply I could make an extravagant wedding bouquet with just a  few unusual elements to give it a wow factor.   The total estimate for this bouquet is AUD$35/ USD$35/ GBP£21.

I found these lovely peacock feathers the other day and they really are magical.  I love their 'eyes', made up of azure blue, island sea turquoise and regal purple.  Male peacocks use these feathers to court female peacocks, so I think they are a perfect inclusion in a wedding procession.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bento Box Blooms: a floral centrepiece


This is a variation on the Jane Packer Bento Box (Japanese lunch box) design I learnt at her flower school in London, using plants from the garden and the New Covent Garden Market.  It is such a cute idea - very visually appealing and sure to illicet "oohs" and "ahhs" from its recipients.