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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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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.

Dior, already famous for its creative use of flowers in its shows (see here) has gone next level to create the most magnificent delphinium mountain in the middle of the Cour Carrée of the Lourve.

The show took place inside the structure where the models walked in front of a smaller but no less impressive hill of flowers. In total 400,000 stalks of blue Delphinium were installed by mega production company Bureau Betak.

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French-born, Belgium-based florist Thierry Boutemy has worked with the likes of Sofia Coppola, Opening Ceremony and Vogue amongst others. Not a bad little line up. He creates intuitively and revels in the imperfections of nature. Check his website here.

Last month I launched my website I’m still making some adjustments, but it’s an exciting step for my little business. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Oudolf is a garden design maestro. His incredibly distinct planting style is so beautifully balanced along with being so aware and in harmony with all the seasons.

Some of his more well known gardens include New York’s High Line and the 2011 Serpentine Galley courtyard in the UK.

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Independent publishing house (and creative agency) Zioxla has just published Strange Plants II, the second in a series of books celebrating plants in contemporary art. To pre-order your copy click here.

Images from Strange Plants & Strange Plants II.

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Carolyn Young is an Australian artist whose work Grassy Woodlands is currently being featured on a Collingwood billboard as part of an art initiative by the Yarra Council. Young is interested in the seasonality of these disappearing ecosystems and encourages her viewers to observe and respect the nature that exists all over. I’d like to have a wall of this in my home.

 All images by Carolyn Young.

Via Grounded Gardens Instagram.

Last Friday, with Olive and Anne, we made a little tour around our neighbourhood collecting foliage and flowers before putting together some rustic wreaths. Here are a couple I made – one filled with bay leaf, lavender, pomegranate, and fennel flower, the other long lasting natives. Baby Leo helped too.

Check out the article I wrote last year for The Planthunter on how to make your own wreath. It’s super easy and fun.

    All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

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