Images by FEELTHEFUTURE for Oyster Magazine.

   All photographs by Gibson Fox.

I have to apologise for the radio silence over the last couple of weeks. I took a rather spontaneous trip to visit my sister in Paris and it was go go go from the moment I arrived till the moment I left. It was an incredibly inspiring holiday and there are lots of travel pics to come, but while I get my head in order here are some beautiful images taken by friend and photographer Kurt Davies during one of his recent winter walks through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park just north of Sydney.

    

Also worth sharing is the really special gift he gave me of miniature prints of these images enclosed in a little hand-made box. Thank you Kurt xx

All images by Kurt Davies.

Horticultured Cities explores urban and community gardens across 15 different countries. With photographs by Finnish photographer Maija Astikainen and an essay by German researcher Aischa Berg, the book launches August 21 at Omenapuutalo in Helskini. Check out Maija’s website for more details.

    All images by Maija Astikainen.

Here’s some recent pics from our Instagram. Be sure to follow @thesecretgardenblog.

While you’re at it, check out our Facebook page and Pinterest too!

 

Great Dixter is one of the most special quintessentially English gardens, created by horticultural extraordinaire Christopher Lloyd, and now lovingly maintained by head gardener Fergus Garrett and this team. It’s not the first time his garden has found its way onto these here online pages. (Check out a Vogue shoot starring Georgia May Jagger set in the garden here.) But here it is again this time in the guise of a film from NOWNESS, created by photographer and filmmaker Howard Sooley as part of their new Great Gardens series.

Other films from the series, the Tresco Abbey Garden and the Ford Ranch are also well worth a watch.

So fragile and so beautiful. Installation by German artist Regine Ramseier.

  And thank you to Mr Zuleta for introducing me to This is Colossal x

These images are from American photographer and pioneer of artistic colour photography William Eggleston’s book, titled simply Flowers.

All photographs by William Eggleston.

My best friend Janey is over in Europe and has been sending me jealousy inducing photographs of her travels. I asked her to write a little something for the blog, so here is a guest post about her week in a beautiful Swedish summer house.

A Midsommer Night’s Dream by Jane Crowley

Set in the Swedish provence of Småland, home to dense forest, over 5000 glinting lakes, the highest number of moose in the country and of course Pippi Longstocking, a fairytale scene is set for midsummer. A red house nesting in the middle of the forest surrounded by blanketed fields of wildflowers, and a river not far. It’s June and the days are long, light and bright.

The preparations for summer solstice, the longest day of the year, begin early. With 50 of us on the farm (Germans, Swedes, Australians and Brits), we bake bread every day, retrieve water from the well, bathe in the river, decorate the house with local wildflowers, cut the grass, hang up the hammocks, set the trampoline, swat the flies, perfect the bon fireplace, paint signs, build the outdoor kitchen and prepare the wild boar for the spit roast.

There is a secret garden, a homemade sauna, a confession booth, a hunting tower, a magically decorated dual compost toilet-house, and a whisky library room. After creating flower crowns, and dancing around the maypole like frogs, all 50 of us sit at one long table in the garden decorated with candles, wildflowers and jugs of cocktails, to feast on Swedish herring, salmon and the wild boar that has been roasting for ten hours.

Later, by the fire, a glittery rave begins; in the library, more are belowing to Johnny Cash records; in the dining room, a serious game of poker continues in one corner while facepainting is happening in the other; and the rest are frollicking in the fields like fireflies. Sunlight all night long, a midsummer nights dream in a Swedish fairytale.

Thank you again and again to the wondrous hosts Sixten and Sara, and Sixten’s family who have owned the property for over thirty years.

White Magazine recently published the Daughters of Simone shoot we did back in April with photography by Damien Milan and art direction and styling by Anastasia Gladushchenko. It was such a great young team, hopefully we get the opportunity to work together again soon! Full credits below.

        

And be sure to check out the awesome behind the scenes video put together by Giovanno Bianchi.

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Gowns by Daughters of Simone

Jewellery by Ruusk

Make-up by Guro

Hair by Veronika Moreira

Flowers by Sophia Kaplan

Models Laura, Sarah & Jessica

All images © http://www.damienmilan.com.au

Adventures in Cooking, a blog run by the very sweet Eva, is a goldmine of gorgeous recipes and food styling. Here are two recipes of hers that use edible flowers. Check out the full article here.

Peach & Rosemary Blossom Lemonade

6 cups water
1 cup honey
4 ripe peaches, cut into 8ths
1 and 1/4 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup rosemary blossoms, plus a few rosemary sprigs for garnish
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Combine all ingredients.
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Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lavender

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
1 and ½ lbs Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon brown sugar
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Toasted Hazelnuts & Lavender
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup hazelnuts
1 teaspoon dried lavender
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
parchment paper
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For the brussel sprouts, I tossed them with a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper before roasting. While they were baking away in the oven, I toasted some hazelnuts on the stovetop and added a bit of dried lavender at the end of the cook time, giving it a good stir. Once the brussel sprouts were finished, I tossed them all together and the resulting dish was one full of flavor, texture, and a wonderfully intoxicating aroma.
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All images and recipes by Eva Kosmas.

While we’re on the subject of edibles, be sure to check out 101 Cookbooks simple tips for drying herbs.

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