A Misty Blue Wreath for a Baby

Mistry blue wreath resize blog 650Misty Blue (limonium) wreath created by Carousel Flora celebrating a new baby’s arrival

I have to admit that I didn’t gather this beautiful limonium myself but discovered it displayed at a local growers’. Joc Pederson Jersey Thrilled to bits,

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    I already had a wreath base modelled from wisteria vine culled during earthquake renovations that would probably be perfect. Maglia Dirk Nowitzki This simple honey coloured base was something quite special even in its bare,

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    How to gather? I had never really considered that people would like to find out more about gathering and actually how to do it? Just assumed gathering was commonsense , Nike buty until a friend mentioned that she’d really love to know more about what to gather and didn’t really have the confidence to get started.

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    Teena is a true gatherer and loyal Carousel Flora advocate whose only rule when it comes to creating floral designs is ‘never get stuck on limiting the ingredients just because they’re not traditionally considered a ‘flower’. Justin Tucker Ravens Jerseys Yay to that.

    For this arrangement she has rescued Black Boy peaches and wild grapes (munching as she went!), Oklahoma State Cowboys crab apples thrown to the ground after recent strong winds and combined these with deep chocolate succulents, Maglie Phoenix Suns flowering akeake, Asics Onitsuka tiger męskie dahlias and gum nuts from obliging neighbour’s gardens.

    She told us she drew her inspiration from the wonderful ‘Old Dutch Masters’ still life paintings she so loves with their traditionally rich and contrasted colour palettes,

    Vintage-inspired Flower Shop in Nelson

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    A scattering of rose petals strewn on the pavement outside the front door drew Rachel into Imperial Rose Flowers,

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    Owner Maree has a great eye for detail and has cleverly and artistically styled floral displays amongst an eclectic assortment of carved-stone urns, Under Armour Curry One rustic tins, goedkoop nike air max 2017 wrought iron furniture and other collectible oddities.

    Driftwood constructions and a mantra for 2014

    photo 1photo 2Driftwood sculptures along the coastline heading towards Farewell Spit

    Rachel has photographed these amazing driftwood constructions whilst freedom camping along the north-eastern coastline of the South Island.

    And I am finally finding the time to sit down at my computer and think about our blog after a wonderfully frenetic summer break spent traveling and entertaining.

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    Inspired and challenged by a famous quote I re-read at the start of one of my favourite Isabel Allende books, ASICS PAS CHER FR I feel compelled to share it with you.

    The final question in a poem written by American Pulitzer prize-winning poet Mary Oliver asks,

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    The Rose Hip Girl

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    Rose Hip Table Decoration created by Carousel Flora Design

    My Sally Holmes and Margaret Merril roses have been flowering profusely since October but are now outnumbered by the vibrant display of ripening rose hips; green through marigold orange to tomato red, fjällräven kånken Laptop 17 some as plump as miniature pumpkins on stalks and others fine sprays of the tiniest hips. Jason Heyward Jersey Each rose variety produces slightly differing hip characteristics.

    The once-humble rose hip takes centre stage in the wreath we created for an autumnal table display.

    Nine Liquid Incidents

    IMG_6011I’ve just returned from a few days break in Sydney.

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    Gorgeous healthy cakes

    Cake by Anna Worthington (photographer Kate McCaskill www.kaleidoscopebykate.com)

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    Ordinarily I’d whip up a cake myself for Valentine’s Day but so impressed was I with Anna’s Garden City Cake that I ordered (feeling slightly guilty and indulgent) a gluten free, refined sugar free raspberry, orange, almond and pistachio cake last week. The entire cake disappeared within minutes, enjoyed by three generations of cake lovers. fjallraven kanken baratas And there I was imagining a piece for breakfast the next morning with my cup of tea!

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    The Crassula Girl

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  • Succulent & Wild Broom Wreath created by Carousel Flora Design

    This dense and lush wreath was inspired by the wild succulents that cling precariously to the almost vertical slopes on hillsides close to where Rachel and I live.

    We gathered different varieties whose colours harmonised and textures and forms contrasted, Air Max 2016 Dames combining pearly-pink echeverias, spiky peach-coloured graptoverias with thick-leafed crassula and claw-like stems of flowing silver-grey senico.

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    The addition of the curved wild broom shaped by the wind accentuates the wreath’s flow as well as adding a third dimension to the design making it appear grander and fuller.

    When you’re gathering succulents keep in mind a number of things:

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    * Choose understated and subtle colour combinations that complement each other.

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