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Spring Hill Peony Farm

So much to write about when its hitting the warmer months cause there is so much more happening!!! I’m blogging from the airport- such a weird experience! Everyone is so interested on what you are doing on your laptop, I’ve caught more than one glance of someone looking over my shoulder!

Spring Hill Peony Farm
Yes this is a whole post on one flower. If you know me at all, you would know I am mildly obsessed with the beautiful peony. The problem many years ago was this stunning flower was at least $50 a bunch which I can not justify for a ‘I just love flowers so much I will buy a bunch every fortnight’. I came across the peony farm when they provided flowers for a magazine shoot and it was in the small print so because they were a working farm I rang them up and found out that I could go and pick my own!

Just over an hour out of Melbourne and roughly 15 minutes out of Kyenton is Spring Hill. It is a beautiful part of the country and heading to the peony farm leads you down small roads that you would not have usually taken!

The farm holds open days where you can come and pick your own or buy ready picked bunches. This Saturday, 25th November through to the 30th November the farm is open for you to come and pick your own flowers. From memory it is about $15-20 for a decent bunch and you can take your pick of whites, soft pinks and fuchsia varieties (uyou can tell by my pics below that I favour the fuchsia!) Bring your own secreters or borrow theirs. I like to go towards the end of the day after I have spent the day exploring the area. This year the open days on the 24th and 25th are more than about just the flowers with food and wine stalls and the opportunity to picnic among the peonies. The farm now includes the ‘Little Church’ which is a gorgeous restored church and site for events and I believe now the entry point for flower picking.

I usually go up a couple of times a season- the season is so short (about 6 weeks) that we have to make the most of it! What I have learnt is if you can’t make it up during the week then aim to pick your flowers towards the very end of their opening hours. Less people. Probably less flowers too as they will have been picked over but there is plenty so this is not a problem. Last year a carful of us had a girls day out and ended up at the farm right on closing on their very last day of the season, we literally filled the car boot and they didn’t charge us!! Needless to say we are all going back again next weekend because we are all addicted to these beautiful flowers and a fun day out!

If you can’t make the trip up to the farm, you can find Spring Hill peonies at farmers markets around Melbourne! Check out their site and Facebook page for locations.

Spring Hill Peony Farm site here
Facebook page here

And now some photos of the wondrous things! ( If I go during the week I take my dog Lucy with me, hence the dog wandering the photos!)

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Favorite Florists

No you didn’t imagine it, I did just completely skip last week as if the week did not happen. Sorry! As a continually recovering chronic fatigue syndrome-er there can be times when I may do this! It has been a while but last week was a small write off!

This post is for the ones I am always chatting to about amazing flowers. I dare you to look through the amazing photos below and not be inspired! (Sorry, there are quite a few)

Favourite Melbourne Florists
I have worked out my lifetime by careers, I’m not sure I’ll ever get use out of my actual degree but it has been decided that I will at some point be a florist or be creative with flowers somehow because I love them and the creativity required to put together even a simple yet unique posy. Its no secret that I am the worlds largest peony lover, I’m not a fan of pink at all but still the peony just wins me over every time!

I have a few favourite florists in Melbourne that really create rather than just putting a few plain lilies and roses together. A bunch of flowers can be very much more than a bunch of flowers! While with the gift of flowers it is the thought that counts, I love giving (and receiving!) a posy with character, and you really can find a bunch to suit every personality! I find it inspiring to follow these few below on instagram for ideas.

Flowers Vasette is in Brunswick Street and is like entering floral heaven. I have found them to have a great range of stunning flowers and last time I was there they has a great range of amber glass bottle ‘vases’ and light bulb vases. Flowers Vasette is behind the amazing floral arrangements and artistic foliage creations behind a lot of the big events and companies in Melbourne. It is very inspiring having a look at their website at the amazing creations! Cecilia Fox is in the quirky side of Brunswick on Blyth street and puts together unique mixes, incorporating flowers fruit, berries and foliage. I love their style and what combinations are put together! Katie Marx flowers has put together some stunning and decently huge floral displays for weddings. Once again her style is incorporating a stunning mix of flowers and foliage.

My last one is a collaboration called Pop and Scott. Not only is it part florist (part furniture, part workshop) but they also run floral classes. I am aiming to get along to the flower arranging class or the floral hair garland class for something different and fun! The garland class teaches how to make your own unique floral hairpiece but there is also a hair stylist ready to style your hair to go with your creation, the perfect set up for some amazing photos! All this with a bit of champers and I think this would be a great day/night out with the girls!

I’m not just talking flowers people. Seriously go look these people up, floristry can be absolutely amazing! Check out some of the pics below and tell me if you’re not looking at flowers a little differently than before! And let me know if you know of any other floral gems in Melbourne! (or anywhere really, especially if we can stalk their website!)

Flowers Vasette found here
Cecilia Fox found here
Katie Marx instagram found here
Pop and Scott found here

(photos are from each respective florists website or instagram, each photo has caption below)

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Katie Marx flowers

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Katie Marx Flowers

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Katie Marx creation

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Cecilia Fox

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Cecilia Fox

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Flowers Vasette

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Flowers Vasette- Thats not wallpaper, they’re flowers!

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Pop and Scott hair garland

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Pop and Scott shop

Enough inspiring photos for you?!!

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