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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

 

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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.

A little flower and plant store outside of Tokyo with the most delicate little bonsai. Check out more of their work here.

               All images by Akarui Heya.

I find myself back in Paris once again. Thus the lack of posts lately – my apologies – as I’ve been rather wifi-less of late. Our week in Paris at the end of June involved lots of summer fruits, flowers and food and sun.

We ate at Clamato, Bones, Le Verre Vole, saw an amazing Charles-Edouard Jeanneret exhibition at the Pompidou and spent the afternoon in the garden of the Chateau du Versailles. We wandered through the Parc de Belleville, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and bought some begonias at the Marché aux Fleurs. Then we left for a beautiful little farm in Italy – more on the farm to come.

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I recently changed my Instagram handle from @thesecretgardenblog to @sophia_kaplan

Still the same photographs of gardens and flowers, but I wanted it to reflect my new branding and website.

Some recent posts…

All images by Sophia Kaplan.

After Gili Air and Ubud we headed up into the mountains at Sideman where we stumbled upon the most amazing Patal Kikian. We were the only people staying and had a huge private balcony looking straight onto the volcano where we wiled away our days reading on the day bed and exploring the volcano by scooter. The grounds were so lush as with everything here. All the sun and water makes for an incredibly green and healthy landscape. After Sideman we headed to Nusa Lembongan to snorkel and chill by beach. A perfect little holiday.

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I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Bali and Lombok. It was a incredibly beautiful holiday and a perfect balance of island and mountain life. First up Gili Air and Ubud.

We started on on one the quieter Gilis – Air, swimming, doing yoga and enjoying lots of fresh papaya juice. From there we went to Ubud for a couple of nights where we stayed in the botanical jungle that is Ketut’s Place and visited some of the nearby rice paddies and water temples.

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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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The amazingly creative, plant-obsessed Angie of Ode Ceramics and I did a story last month for The Planthunter about the different ways plant and flower people source, care for and arrange plants vs flowers. It was so much fun visiting The Succulent Garden and the flower market together and then shooting it all back at her home studio. Be sure to check it out the article in full here.

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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