An English Country Meadow in Sydney, Roses, Sunflowers and a Cat – A Week in Pics

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Hello natural beauties, have you ever experienced the delightful scene of an English country meadow? Sweet flowers, tall grasses and buzzing bees abound.

In Sydney we have a ‘pop up” meadow in the gorgeous Botanic Gardens and its lovely. 

 

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The Summer Meadow – pic by my friend Darryl, The Vitalist

 

“We have seen hundreds of people wandering through the interactive display, but it’s also humming with healthy insect life” said David Laughlin, Horticultural Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

“We wanted to create a beautiful, unique feature that challenges peoples’ expectations about what a botanic garden can display, but that also gives back to the urban ecosystem it grows in.”

“A meadow of wildflowers is great because it provides a paradise for hungry insects in our city environment before it transforms itself into green or plant-based manure to enrich and fertilise the soil it sprouted from.”

Out and About with Kids

 

 

 

I can never get enough roses. This little video was taken at a clients house. They smelt wonderful!

 

A sunflower in a swan vase with a cat

 

Jack the next door neighbours cat came to pose with my sunflowers.

 

And that was my week. How was yours? Did you have a floral week?

 

Frangipani Moments

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Hello natural scent lovers. It’s summer in Sydney which means frangipanis. Here are a few pics I’ve taken over the years. I love them. That is all.

 

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frangipani, Sydney

frangipani, Sydney

 

frangipani, Sydney

frangipani, Sydney

 

 

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frangipani, New Caledonia

 

frangipani, New Caledonia

frangipani, New Caledonia

 

Thank you beautiful flowers, I love you xoxo

 

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Violet – The Flower and the Scent

I’ve always loved violets. Wild violets, violets on a windowsill, violet ground cover – oh so petite and pretty. When I was bush-walking with my cousin on the weekend I snapped a pretty violet in the wild and it got me remembering ……

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pretty wild violet

pretty wild violet

 

Memories of my childhood, nothing specific really, just a general fondness and lovely feelings come to me when I see a violet. I love the delicacy of the flower, the deep rich colour (symbolising the Crown chakra), and the old-fashioned simplicity of the cute little things. I suppose they remind me of my Great Aunt, and other elders passed. I think I had a violet perfume and it could be this one:

The sweet little perfume Devon Violets

The sweet little perfume Devon Violets

 

I remember this perfume being almost sickly sweet – I don’t think I even liked it! But what I liked was the colour of the bottle, the purple ribbon, and the idea that this came from violets! Well of course there’s no real violet absolute in here, just synthetic fragrance, but at the time I simply assumed it was real. So I over used the perfume, as most young women do, and as a 10-year-old, thought I was marvellous.

 

Lovely violet ground cover

Lovely violet ground cover

 

Fast forward about 20 years, and as I discovered my love for essential oils I came across “violet leaf” absolute. Hardly able to contain my excitement I bought it, only to realise on opening the bottle it was “leaf”, not “petal” or “flower”. This absolute has a place in perfumery, but does not have a solid foundation in aromatherapy. Obtaining a real extract from violets is almost impossible because of the yield ratio – meaning millions of little flowers may yield a tiny amount of absolute, making it hugely expensive. I actually don’t know if anyone makes this, but if they did I probably couldn’t afford it!

As I forge further into botanical perfumery, I hope to add some violet leaf to a new creation – if only for the romantic notion.

 

My neighbours violets in the rain

My neighbours violets in the rain

I’ve often found describing a scent difficult, so my dear friend Portia Turbo from Australian Perfume Junkies, sums up the tiny violet perfectly:

 

“Violets are cool, waxy, fresh and crisp to me.

If any flower could simultaneously give the smell of spring and melancholy, I think it’s the humble violet.”

 

How can I say more?

Do you love violets too?

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