Friday, 19 June 2015

The tulip series

When they were tight and fresh, the colour of these tulips looked so promising, I had to buy them. Unfortunately that beautiful pink blush colour faded as the days went on. I have enjoyed their presence in my home none-the-less. Fading flowers also have a certain charm.

Day 1.




Day 3.




Day 5.



Tulips continue to grow even once they've been cut. It can be necessary to keep cutting the stems so they don't outgrow their vase (cut flowers should be re-cut every other day anyway), but just quietly, I love what I call the 'drunken tulip' look that happens when they start to tumble from the vase. 

How stunning can yellow tulips en masse look? VERY stunning.

My favourite variety of tulips? LA BELLE EPOQUE.

See them this spring at TULIP TOP GARDEN IN HIDDEN VALLEY.


Kate  x



Styling and photographs by Moss & Vine


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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thursday (holiday) flower throwbacks

"A garden isn't meant to be useful, it's for joy."
- Rumer Godden

It looks like a tropical paradise or a film set. It's not. I took this (above) picture in the United States Botanic Garden in Washington DC. Put me in any city, and I will find public gardens.

When I lived in New Zealand for a year, my favourite place was the Winter Garden (below) in Auckland Domain. There is something magical about stepping inside a glass room overflowing with unusual plants and blooming flowers and creeping vines. A whole other climate exists inside. Temperate, tropical, sub-tropical, they're all wondrous places.

Purple delphinium, poppy pods.

Blue, white, and purple delphinium.

Foxgloves.



Kate  x



UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN
AUCKLAND WINTERGARDENS

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Can't bake a cake without breaking eggs

The weather outside is miserable. My cake baking hankerings are at fever pitch. But there is one particular recipe I am keen to try, and wouldn't you know it, I'm an ingredient short. I could don my rubber boots, a warm coat, and venture to the shops, but I'm a resident of Sydney, and everybody knows that Sydney-siders can't function in the rain. Why? I'm not sure. It's just an accepted truth. You will never encounter another major city coming to near-standstill just because a few drops of water fall from the sky.


As soon as the heavens begin cooperating with my food cravings, I'll be making this MILK AND CITRUS CAKE. Imen's blog FARMETTE is one of my absolute favourite food and lifestyle blogs. I cannot wait for her cook book to be available in Australia. It is sure to be filled with extraordinarily stunning food styling and photographs of the Irish countryside. In the meantime if you're hungry (pun) for more of this hearty, farm-kitchen style cookery and exquisite images, follow Imen's blog and INSTAGRAM feed.

I am also keen to try THIS just as soon as I can get my hands on some lavender free from nasty pesticides. Again, wishing I could time travel back to my OLD HOME to savour a backyard acreage of flowering rows of lavender.

And this heavenly looking LILAC PAVLOVA recipe will be attempted just as soon as the summer lilacs start to bloom. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!


Kate  x



Cake, styling and photograph by Moss & Vine

Cake originally appeared in THIS blog post.







Monday, 15 June 2015

In praise of simple pleasures

It might be the cold weather, the shorter days, or the inevitable mid-year slump, but we find ourselves indulging our desires more and more at the moment, and damn the calories consequences. Before I share what we are loving (and slathering in double cream) in our nest right now, let me just also note that we imposed a little dry period for the first few weeks of June. I am alcohol-free most of the time anyway, however Alex tumbled from the wagon when he had a beer with a seafood platter lunch. In his defence it was the long weekend, and the sun was shining. And we were next to the water, looking at pretty sail boats and a frolicking seal. But not all of our weaknesses come attached to excess calories. Mine are usually floral related. Or found in vintage and thrift shops.


I am taking full advantage of the early spring flowers that are available right now. I bought a bunch of poppies to give to my Mum on the long weekend. Then I snuck out to the camelia bush in my Nan's backyard to pick this pink beauty. It has resulted in a new appreciation for these wonderful and DIVERSE FLOWERS. If only they in turn appreciated being cut and put into a vase. Camelia is used almost exclusively for its leaves in floristry. The flowers have little commercial value as they die quickly. 


We've been eating SCONES too. Quite a few scones actually. Two batches and counting. The food related indulgences have me most worried, because it's not limited to scones, jam and cream. There is also an increase in the amount of crusty white bread being eaten. Melting moments, FUDGE, chocolate brownies and copious amounts of french onion dip have also made appearances. 


The up-swing of scones is the chance to indulge my current obsession with silver spoons. Jam spoons, teaspoons, mustard spoons. I want them all. My preoccupation with CUTLERY is unshakeable. I'm having a serious love affair with cutlery right now. HEREHERE & HERE.


It is funny almost sad how excited I can get over a good INSTAGRAM hashtag these days. I think the lack of flower flinging in my day-to-day life recently has left a creative void that needs filling. I am attempting to self-teach better prop styling and photography. Instagram hashtag competitions are a wonderful prompt for this practice. I love the monthly #7VIGNETTES, and @ITS_MY_WEEK run a fantastic weekly competition with a new theme each Monday. But given my adoration of vintage cutlery, I participated in #THESPOONSERIES tag with much enthusiasm. My entries? HEREHERE and HERE.


Other tags I recommend exploring?
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The gym is calling me back.

Kate  x


Styling and photographs by Moss & Vine

Fudge (pictured) from TILBA TREASURES Ulladulla Aus











Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Imitation

I love botanical art. (In fact my brain is very preoccupied with ART currently.) This is a beautiful albeit poor substitute for the real thing, alas, peonies have a short season in the southern hemisphere. Peony season is in full bloom in the northern hemisphere right now. My instagram, blogger, and facebook is crammed with images of peonies being HARVESTED, ARRANGED and ADMIRED. I didn't want to miss out on the peony love. Hence the botanical art.


Peony enduring friendship // nobility // peace // honour // a happy life // good health // prosperity // female beauty // reproduction.

Famed explorer Marco Polo described peonies as 'roses as big as cabbages'. Peonies are the floral emblem of China. A peony plant can live to be 100 years old. Peony plants love potassium, and require cold temperatures to bloom readily.



Kate  x




Styling and Photograph by Moss & Vine



Friday, 5 June 2015

Moving images

It's a long weekend! Here are some short videos that I have stumbled across this week. There's one for every mood. Enjoy the weekend.

Serenity: FLORET FLOWER FARM


Motivation: I WILL WHAT I WANT

Awe: CUSTOMS HOUSE Vivid 2015


Current literary crush: POLDARK



Kate  x



Styling and Photograph by Moss & Vine


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Bucket

Behold, a flower themed bucket list:


Get a foot pic LIKE THIS of me and the flowers at Liberty, London.

Attend the CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW, obviously.

Pick BLUEBELLS in a shaded English wood.

Have a garden filled with HYDRANGEAS, LILACS, PEONIES and DAFFODILS so that I can cut fresh blooms to bring indoors.

Sit in a FIELD OF FLOWERS.

This,


"Perhaps more flowers..."

PERHAPS, Mr Gatsby.


Kate  x









Monday, 1 June 2015

Links to love: June edition

This We Fell in Love FEATURED WEDDING is very lovely.

What can I say? THE CUTTING GARDEN.

THIS shop makes me want to up-sticks and move to Bath. Also, THIS does. And, AUSTEN does too, obviously.

Some garden envy happening HERE.

A link for the FUTURE. Where I will buy my old rose varieties for my dream garden.

I can't get enough of these CUTIES.

I'm pining for my very own KUMQUAT tree to cut branches from.


This is nothing short of exceptionally CUTE.

I know I say it every month, but how WONDERFUL to be a farmer florist.


Fellow flora enthusiasts rejoice, the beginning of winter means the sweetest smelling ERLICHEER is just around the corner.


Keep warm,

Kate  x



Flowers, Styling and Photograph by Moss & Vine