The Beauty of our Winter flowers - Thistle flowers

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With not much in my garden on a very windy winters day here in the Southern Highlands, Australia I found some very, very prickly Thistle flowers growing wild just ready to bud and blow away and with some very thick gloves and a pair of long secateurs I picked some for my styling images.



To my wonderful surprise in my back room they all burst open into these beautiful little angelic flowers, hundreds of them went flying around the room, it was quite magical. I held my breath and very delicately pushed them into position and photographed away.



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I hope you enjoy my images as much as I enjoyed photographing them.
I have now bottled them in huge glass containers for the next wedding or special styling job - maybe to blow onto the bride as she leaves the church.

mmmmmmm how exquisite........ I can just see it now.....
I'm totally hooked on these lovely little flowers so I also thought I had better join
Julia's Hooked on Fridays party and tell everyone about them.


I'm bringing a bit of the outdoor inside as it is just tooooo cold to be out there (as you can see below) and plus all my little flowers would have blown away. I hope you don't mind Susan?
Welcome to all from Susan's Outdoors Wednesday Visit Susan's blog at A Southern day dreamer to see Susan's and many other wonderful outdoor stories.





So I thought to myself as I drove Bec to School this morning,
I had better finish this story and show you all my bottled thistle flowers that I have saved.

So here they are protected in glass in my sun room.
I did a very quick photo shoot this morning.
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click above to see Susan's gorgeous breakfast tray in the prettiest bedroom and also to visit everyone's table settings who have joined in her party.
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It has been so long since I have been part of Susan's party and I welcome everyone again.
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With the wind still howling outside, all my washing blown all over the garden I quickly put this little table setting together, (Now I need some guests). The funniest part is this is the only tidy area I could find to take the photograph. I have been working non stop for the last ten weeks and my house needs a major spring clean. I mean major!!



Who would have thought that anyone would use Thistles on their table setting. Well, I will try anything new and here they are, they blow and fly so delicately around the table. Just imagine everyone at the table. Make a wish and blow or see who can blow the flower the furthest across the table.

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Start by keeping the flowers under glass, then sprinkle a few on the napkins and table. They pick up the light beautifully as well.

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I have used my glass plates with the Thistles and old linen and and few of my favourite pieces of silver. The white orchids are fake and as I didn't have time to bake a cake as well, I put them in instead. Great when your on a diet !

I am so glad to be back in this wonderful Blog world after being away for so long. I have really missed everyone and I can't wait to catch up on all your stories. I hope you all have a fantastic day where ever you are and I do look forward to hearing from you soon.

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xx Coty

Oh my goodness - It has just started snowing outside,

I told you it was cold here...... brrrrrrrr - I'm just off to get my camera.