These magical flowers known officially as Diphylleia Grayi, turn translucent when wet.

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A weekend visiting family in Switzerland with lunches in Germany and France.

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Last month I got to experience the most incredibly flower-filled week in Portland. The main reason for our trip was to partake in a rather special flower workshop run by The Little Flower School (Nicolette & Sarah) at Schreiner’s Bearded Iris Farm. A combination of things that proved exceptionally inspiring, joyful and exciting. We were pigs in mud. I was there with three Australian’s – Jardine, Eliza and Josh, and we met many local florists, and others who had travelled with Nicolette and Sarah to help out on the day. We visited flower farms (I’m looking at you Elizabeth), were taught how to water paint by Helen Dealtry, and enjoyed playing with endless leftovers. A notable thank you to Madison of Hart Floral (and her boyfriend Kyle) for showing us some of the amazing countryside beyond the city. You can read about her impression of us lot here. Sorry for the massive overload of pics but it was super difficult to cull.

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To celebrate 200 years of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney the garden has released a limited number of giclee prints of rare botanical illustrations from the herbariums archives. They are available for purchase here. Below are some examples of the special works on offer.

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Fire Tree by Margaret Flockton

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Punica SP by John Miller

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Christmas Bells by Margaret Flockton

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Thysanotus Junceus by Joseph Lycett

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Opuntia SP by Margaret Flockton

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Flannel Flower by Margaret Flockton

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Acacia Formosa by Margaret Flockton

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Marumia Mascosa by Carl Ludwig Blume

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Pyrus SP by John Miller

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Opuntia SP by Margaret Flockton

 

My sister just sent through some scans from last August when we were on the Tuscan coast, St Tropez and Biarritz.

  All photographs by Olivia Kaplan.

For the past five years French photographer Laurent Kronental has been documenting the dilapidated Modernist estates of his country. Architects of these sometimes stigmatised buildings include the incredible Richardo Bofill, Emile Aillaud and Martin van Trek. Kronental also focusses his attention on the elderly residents of these estates, and how easily forgotten they have become.

  All photographs by Laurent Kronental.

My dear friend Isa is travelling around the world making videos as she goes. Here is a little one she very kindly made about me:

 

Be sure to check out her other videos here, her travel and design site JOIN WITH SEAMS here and her label here.

I had the distinct pleasure of not only doing the flowers for but also attending the wedding of Leeze and Carl earlier this year. I have been friends with Leeze’s family for many years now and it was such a treat to be a part of this momentous occasion and get to attend my first proper big Jewish wedding. So much fun! Here are some of their beautiful pics shot by Zoe Morley.

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Surfing, rock-climbing and plenty of padrón peppers while in Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz back in July.

  All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Sophia Kaplan Plants & Flowers is well and truly open for business. I’ve had so much fun on all the jobs I’ve done since I got back from Europe. To all my wonderful brides (and their grooms) and my lovely clients thank you so much for letting me flower for you. I’m also rather enjoying getting better acquainted with the other florists in our little flower gang. How fun and supportive you all are🙂

I’ve just updated the website so feel free check it out, and please enjoy some of the new work I’ve posted below. For more information or any enquiries please email hello@sophia-kaplan.com

  

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