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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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Pinkey Square and Indium

Pinkey Square
Pinkey Square is a fairly new venture for three friends Steph, Edith and Tara who attended uni together. With one knitter and two graphic designers, they have begun a few projects producing including hand printed fabrics and tea towels and one amazing teepee.

I was lucky enough to have a chat with Tara- one third of the Pinkey Square trio- to find out a bit more about the inspiration and direction of Pinkey Square and also her own line of scarves under her label Indium.

Pinkey Square developed around the creation of the amazing teepee, which was all hand drawn then hand printed before being constructed into amazingness. As each member of the label brings a unique talent and style, the artwork on the teepee represents all three members styles woven together. The whole teepee story has led on to other projects.┬áThe illustrations on the teepee follow the story of three Australian animals- a roo, an emu and a possum. The story was turned into a poem and then a song- then naturally what followed was a music video. This was where the talented knitter Tara came into her own and created amazing unique ‘wuzzy’ balaclavas representing each animal!

As a label, Pinkey Square hires the teepee out for events, festivals etc. They have also recreated the illustrations from the teepee onto 100% linen tea towels so everyone can own a bit of their magic! These are currently stocked at┬áSpacebar Gallery in Hobart and Frank and Dolly’s Geelong along with Indium scarves. If you keep an eye out of Facebook you can keep up to date when they attend markets, such as the success they found at the Big Design Market last year. As all members take time the first part of this year to work on respective projects including work interstate and overseas, it is going to be an exciting time to see what inspiration they will all come back with and what Pinkey Square will be producing from then! I love their style and love of Australia fauna and flora so I’m definitely excited to see where this goes!!

Tara also has a line of scarves with her label Indium that are minus the hood and animal ears featured in the teepee pics, yet still amazing and unique. They are made with quality Australian merino wool and made by her very self in Melbourne, so ticking all the best qualities right there. An easy way to brighten up in winter and stay warm! At the moment Tara is voluntarily working in Guatemala at a textile company and I’m excited to see the ideas and skills she comes back with and what it may inspire! Check out the range of scarves below!

So there are two unique labels for you to support local talent. Keep an eye out for any of their future creativeness!!

Find Pinkey Square on Facebook here and website here
Find Indium on Facebook here

Scarves and tea towels are found at these stores
Frank and Dollys here
Spacebar Gallery here

All photos used with permission or provided by Pinkey Square and Indium

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Um, can I just say again, amazing detail? Love love love!

 

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