Parterre Garden is celebrating 25 years in the business of bringing beautiful pieces large and small for house and garden into our lives. The shop is exquisite. Always another shipment arriving … always another piece to fall in love with.
There is something rather festive about chandeliers. I adore the ones with the small shades and am always drawn to these first. Just when one is giving thought to dressing the house and table for Christmas … oh for a pair of these. Perfect for the Christmas table … along with your finest silver, glassware and china.
I imagine garlands and wreaths … white hydrangeas and creamy gardenias.
More of this to come … but we do have our tree up, looking resplendent, so that is a start.
What a spectacular entrance to this annual event at David Jones, Sydney. I love the reference to the spring fashion direction with their theme ‘fleuressence’.
Having said that … I am not sure that I can embrace the whole fleuro fashion statement … maybe a scarf.
However … the idea of bringing fleuro into the home as summer approaches is a fun concept. It need only be a vibrant cushion, vase, platter, towels or flowers !!
Each year, the ground floor of David Jones is transformed into a floral fantasy for the start of Spring. I have such fond memories of the trip into the city with the express purpose of viewing the ‘David Jones Spring Flowers’ and can’t recall ever being disappointed.
Another wet and cold weekend in the highlands. Whatever has happened to our sunny winter days and crystal blue skies. My memories of winter are those of finding a sunny spot in the garden to sit with a tray … pot of tea, a slice of boiled fruit cake and papers to read … absolute bliss. Not this year !! I watch from the window as the first sign of bulbs appear under the trees and yearn for Spring. Even our sasanqua camellias have rebelled with very few blossoms on show. I am looking for a lot more colour with the Japonica’s.
Instead we are cosying up inside with woolly blankets, throw rugs and open fires.
I do love the old fashioned check blankets and seek them out in antique shops. I found some gorgeous ones at out local antique emporium that had come from Scotland … such interesting colours and so homely. More than anything I love a blanket stitch edge. Even more homespun !!
Cath Kidston does wonderful things with vintage blankets … she makes cushions with them and even covers wing back chairs with one or a number of check blankets in patchwork . They look fabulous.
Maybe our cold wet winter will inspire some of these creative activities … in the meantime I will just bring out that scarf that I started to knit last year but didn’t finish. No doubt Monday morning will bring the sun !!
I am going to drip feed photos of our autumn as it seems to be much slower to progress this year. While there are pockets of wonderful autumn colour that seems in its peak…..other areas are barely starting. Our maples….the showcase of our garden….have barely started to turn. Luckily we already have so much other autumn colour to admire….particularly our beautiful smoke bush.
It seems such a shame to have inclement weather at this time of year because you really do want to be out in the garden admiring it all. I love finding a sunny spot to set up morning tea….the glow of the sun shining through the yellow and red leaves…..it reminds me of stained glass windows.
The house always looks amazing when you can pick branches of colourful autumn leaves to put in jugs. Colourful rosehips look equally as good.
With the nip in the air….although already some days are quite cold!!!…..work in the garden seems such a joy. Any excuse to be out with all the autumn leaves….even if it means hours of endless raking. It is exhilarating and fabulous exercise I tell myself year after year.
I am never alone out there though…..the families of kookaburras perched close by…..are always on the lookout for worms as you work your way through the leaves raking….raking. They are never afraid of you….and I find them quite a comfort.
On a less strenuous note, autumn heralds the arrival of our beautiful sasanqua camellias ….. the bushes so old they are enormous. I have bowls of them all through the house ……they don’t last long but that doesn’t worry me a bit …..there is an endless supply down in the garden.
I am not sure if it is psychological or not but as soon as those clocks get put back ….. the days seem to close in all too quickly and autumn is here !!! In fact autumn on a cool day in the highlands can seem awfully wintery. The leaves have turned and already falling….the memory of all that raking comes flooding back.
We do have a good while yet to admire the colour on most of our trees. I am not sure where the falling leaves are actually coming from except the Silver Birch which is always the first….and the messiest due to its huge height. I seem to remember our garden being at its most colourful by Mothers Day. We often have lunch outdoors so that we can enjoy the garden and fruits of our labour before the chillier days arrive.
I have to say I have been a little disappointed by our Virginia Creeper which I planted for its autumn colour. We have watched it rampantly climb up our north facing wall for two seasons…. looking forward to the turning of the leaves. Of the two vines, one has turned vibrant red in the space of a week and is now dropping leaves profusely !!! Way too quickly for us to have time to admire it….. the second vine quite lacklustre in the colour stakes. Just as well we have the Japanese Maples to look forward to.
Rather than post photos of autumn gardens just yet…. I thought I would get you in the moods for autumn with the thought of snuggly throw rugs, checking your supply of firewood for those cooler autumn evenings, quaint cosy cottages for weekends away and anything in those gorgeous warm earthy tones!!!
Images: dave coote/pale and interesting
Yes another wet weekend in the Southern Highlands…..in fact most places are wet. I was reminded just how beautiful the gardens at Milton Park Country House Hotel are when I went on a long walk…..in the rain……all very atmospheric. The trees are some of the oldest of their species in Australia…..beech and avenues of oak.
The view to the east is absolutely spectacular….they are actually higher than Mt Gibralter….hence the misty conditions!!
Having dealt with the Hunter wellington boots I am now moving on to the Barbour jacket. Thank you Annabel for the reminder about the Liberty lined Barbours. Have struggled to find an image of these and the one shown below is not a particularly good example of the prints that are available or the jacket style.
Everybody in the Southern Highlands should own one of these jackets…essential for our climate here. This year the entire east coast of Australia should treat themselves.
A lot has been written about Skye Gyngell and even more about Petersham Nurseries Cafe including the article last weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend…..however I have always been more interested in exactly how they marry the plants and the food under the one roof!!
I love the idea of the greenhouses with earth floors….and yes I am sure the heating costs are enormous. Mismatched tables and chairs, rustic urns with large potted plants or at Christmas time….Christmas trees decorated with their beautiful shiny baubles from India. All very rustic….stylishly rustic but so atmospheric !!
My photo source……daughter in London recently (hence grey skies)…..shows the very cute Christmas decorations strung throughout the greenhouse. You must look at the professional web site photos taken at their amazing candlelit Christmas Market and Carol Service. A must for next year. It isn’t the first time I have mentioned that for me the best time to be in London is the lead up to Christmas…..London does Christmas so well!!
Apart from fabulous food in this wonderful greenhouse setting, there is the shop selling pots, tools, antiques and all things garden related…. of course. Wander around the nursery for inspiration or visit the magnificent garden attached to Petersham House….described as a mad flowering hedgerow !! Not far away is Richmond Park where one can head for a brisk walk….to walk off lunch!!
PS. As of yesterdays Good Living (Sydney Morning Herald) Skye Gyngell has departed Petersham Nurseries Cafe to be replaced by Melbourne’s high profile chef Greg Malouf !!
We watched this being put together……a prefabricated architect designed beach house by Happy Haus. Fabulous to see it finished!!!!! The architecture is brilliant and so suited to the beach lifestyle.
The website does show rural locations looking equally as appealing but with a dark timber exterior. The interior fitout is very smart !!! Love the windows.
The concept is modular so size starts with a studio and extends to whatever your requirements may be.
This gorgeous beachhouse has a number of pavilions all working beautifully on a very narrow block…..albeit overlooking the stunning Currumbin beach.
The best bit for me….they got the garden right……built around the Frangipani tree and hibiscus under the front window !!!