Studio Snaps

We recently had a local photographer Elliot Swanson from Ground to Kitchen come by the studio to take some snaps for us. Here are a few of my favourites including some lovely snaps in our studio garden.

It’s always lovely  to collaborate with local people and we look forward to shooting more with Elliot in the coming months.

We’re busy preparing for the Gift and Homewares trade show Life Instyle which we’ll be exhibiting at in early August. I can’t wait to share the new products we’ve been working on!

Custom designed Gifts of Seeds for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

The Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) in Sydney is one of the most well-known gardens in Australia and as such we were honoured and thrilled to create a custom designed RBG Gift of Seeds. The packets are currently being placed in hotel rooms at the Four Season Hotel (Sydney) as an innovative way for guests to support the Gardens and in doing so, help to protect Australian plant species in threatened habitats.

Paper Daisies were chosen as they are one of the most popular features at the Gardens in Spring and are easy to grow from seed. The design of the packets was created with Karen Rinkel, the Garden’s graphic designer, who applied a vintage botanical illustration of the paper daisies (Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea ‘Rosy Everlasting’) combined with the layout and a few elements from our retail packets.

The Royal Botanic Gardens raise half of their funding independently which contributes to maintaining the gardens, conservation and heritage projects, science, research, education and outreach. If you would like to show your support for the gardens by purchasing one of these lovely packets, pop over to the Gardens Shop.

Mini Rooftop Garden by Bengamin

Here’s a cool little rooftop garden created by Melbourne designer Ben Osborn-Macpherson. Ben always wanted a rooftop garden but only has a 1x3m balcony, so he made this mini version out of one of his stencils. It looks great doesn’t it! Mainly I think because the stencil is really good, so you have a great piece of artwork combined with some growing, a winning formula if you ask me! Ben, could we sell these in our webshop please? Lets talk! More of Ben’s stencils are featured below – I assume they’re all old Melbourne buildings Ben?

Custom Gifts of Seeds – The Guest Room Mt Martha

We’ve just completed a custom design for a new Bed and Breakfast on the Mornington Peninsular called The Guest Room Mt Martha. The owner Pauline Eather wanted to have a personalised message printed onto the back of the existing Forget-me-not packets, so that she could leave one on the pillow for guests as a take home memento of their stay. Isn’t that the loveliest idea? I’ve never been to a B&B with that much sweet thoughtfulness and as such I had a suspicion that the accommodation was probably outside of the ordinary but when the lovely Pauline sent me these photos last week I was pretty much gob smacked  – the gardens and accommodation look gorgeous! Those veggie patches and chickens are picture perfect and the room looks positively luxurious!  For bookings contact Pauline on pandpeather@yahoo.com.au.

 

Fabulous Figs

I may be just a little bit obsessed with figs at the moment.  Ask any of my friends and they will all have heard of the fig enterprise I had planned for the weekend. It all started when I heard that my friend Chelsea’s (the one who grew the amazing giant Russian sunflowers!) massive fig tree was blossoming with ripe fruit. So I headed over there and within 10 minutes in the dark on a wobbly ladder I managed to pick about a bucket load of seriously delicious figs. I took home a bag full which I enjoyed for the next few days on my morning muesli, for morning tea and with ice cream after dinner. Every time I devoured another fig I was thinking about all the figs up in the tree that were being left to the birds. The possibilities of endless figs consumed me and I devised a plan to pick as many figs as possible and set up a roadside stall with honesty box selling the figs with all proceeds going to a glorious afternoon of drinking beer in the sunshine.

We didn’t quite achieve the fig empire I’d dreamt but my friends and I did pick another bucket load of beautiful ripe figs this afternoon and I’ve just devoured a delicious fig-filled dinner similar to this one.

So I just thought that I would share my fig obsession here since it has been quite consuming this last week! It’s been a while since enjoying the simple things in life like this has been possible so I am savouring it all.

The Garden of St Erth

On a lovely, cool late summer’s day my parents, partner and I visited the historic Diggers Club Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, Victoria. These gardens had been on my to-do list for years and as a Diggers Club member I’d heard a lot about it. It was also St Erth’s Autumn Festival so we enjoyed a guided tour of the gardens and a free worm farming workshop after a very picturesque picnic in the gardens!

 

 

Corinella Country House

Pretty little forget-me-not flowers

We went to Kyneton on the weekend to see some open gardens which were a part of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.

Corinella Country House is about 10 mins from the centre of town and had a most magical garden filled with daffodils and bursting with Forget-me-nots! They also had the most beautiful, friendly baby lambs who came over for kisses…

Sow ‘n Sow at Regional Flavours

We had a wonderful weekend at Regional Flavours. After months of work designing and installing the pallet gardens and hanging installations, we were able to see and hear the public admiring our creations. The response was incredibly overwhelming… just about everyone who walked past the pallet gardens stopped to have a look and the comments were heard were very gratifying. People were theorising how they were made and we were asked many questions which we gladly answered. We now have a long list of names from people who were interested in getting their hands on their own pallet gardens!

Aside from the great feedback and interest we had in the pallet gardens and hanging installations, we also sold our wares at our market stall. We pulled together a beautiful collection of flowers, fresh herb bouquets and plants to compliment our range of Gifts of Seeds. We also had a stand to promote our custom Gifts of Seeds and had lots of interest for many different applications! Below are some photos from the weekend including a few of our pallet gardens.

 

 

 

Many thanks to everyone who helped us on the weekend, to South Bank for the wonderful opportunity and to all the lovely people who took an interest in Sow ‘n Sow.

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