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“Like a vintage shop for plants”, Pre Loved Roots is a green oasis in the middle of Alexandria. They rescue unwanted plants, give them some love and then sell them out of a little greenhouse set over the canal. While I was there the girl was also propagating some succulents and caring for little vegetable seedlings. I’m about to move into a new place and I’m itching to splurge on new plants to add to my collection.

75-85 O’Riordan St, Alexandria Sydney. More details on their Facebook page.

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan & thanks Livy for the hot tip.

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Last night we saw the strikingly beautiful La Grande Bellezza at the Open Air Cinema (check out the trailer here). Before the show we took a wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens. The garden is set on Sydney harbour and is always a nice spot for a picnic. This particular evening the flora was glowing pink, red and orange and I was reminded how charming this spot is.

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Two thousand thirteen was a hell of a year and I am so grateful for all the experiences I’ve had. There were some tough moments, some things I reluctantly had to give up, but I also managed to kick a lot of crap to the side and start doing what I really wanted to do, make a career out of my love of plants.

During the past year I travelled to New Zealand, Japan, France, Italy, the US and some places closer to home. To those I travelled with and others that I met along the way, thank you for making it all so incredibly fun. It’s also been a pleasure to return to Sydney after all of this to the birth of my brother’s first child and the sun and glow of family and friends and this amazing city.

I started this blog a little over a year ago and it’s been very gratifying to watch the number of readers grow and to get such nice feedback from you all. Thank you for reading!! Here is the first of a few posts looking back at the year that was.

In January we talked architectural, gardening and design greats Ricardo Bofill, Monty Don, Raf Simons and Stella McCartney, and explored decaying flowers, New York rooftops and some plant based gift ideas.

Ricardo BofillBilly KiddIn February we followed The Little Flower School‘s visit to Australia, enjoyed the beauty of Zippy Seven and Kate Moss, and appreciated and then received a lovely fiddle leaf fig. We explored the Japanese art of kokedama floating gardens, I had my mind blown by nature documentary Microcosmos and happily discovered cabin porn.

Kate MossFloating GardenBeaver BrookIn March I commissioned Lucy Allen to create some quirky images, visited the IS./WET exhibition, followed Lisa and Neil’s South African adventures, explored Madison Cox’s Tangiers retreat, took a look into some of Sydney’s kitchen gardens and a peek into the backyard of some friends in Redfern, found some dreamy images from Old Chum, got excited about new Sydney flower delivery business Little Flowers, and last but not least, discovered the incredible floral artist Makoto Azuma.

img_2363Lisa & NeilJardin des FleursThe rest of the year will follow shortly!

Image 1: Ricardo Bofill, image 2 Billy Kidd, image 3: Tim Walker, image 4: String Gardens, image 5: Beaver Brook, image 6: Lucy Allen, image 7: Neil Francis Dawson, image 8: Shunsuke Shiinoki.

I’ve come home to a city that feels like a jungle. Everything is so green and flowers are blossoming like crazy. Here are some lovely yellow ones from around town.

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I visited the High Line in New York for the first time in summer last year and it was top of my list of things to do when I was back in town earlier this month. This rambling walkway park is made from a disused rail line and runs from Chelsea to Meatpacking.

High LineHigh LineHigh LineHigh LineHigh LineHigh LineHigh LineIts historical past is beautifully evident in the old tracks and planting design which mimics the self-seeded landscape which once covered the unused tracks.

High LineHigh LineHigh LineHigh LineHigh LineSydney recently proposed its own version of the High Line, which they’ve called the Goods Line. Hopefully we get to see it get made.

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Little Flowers is a new Sydney-based endeavour with a great concept I wish I’d thought of.

Little FlowersThey deliver smaller, simpler flower arrangements for $25 including delivery. Each morning they post a pic on their website of what they have picked up from the market so you know what you’re getting.

They arrive wrapped in hessian and tied with twine. Again simple, but very cute. At the moment they deliver to most of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs and city areas.

Check out their website here.

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