Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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.

17 comments:

  1. Thistle down & swans, like pixie dust & fairy lights, pure delights.
    Gratitudes for the perfect views.

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  2. It looks so magical :-) I do that with dandelions :-) It's just so nice to blow and see these little flowers fly by :-)

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  3. I love your work, your collages are amazing, can you relax now that your production is finished?

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  4. Your photo's are an inspiration to me. As I watch them, I learn from them. It's a gift. You must see the picture. And... you are seeing it! I hope you understand this, my englisch is awful!
    Sorry!

    Karin

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  5. This was delightful. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos with us.

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  6. Fun, deightful and inspirational.

    Think i might give that a try some time.

    Hope you stay warm... we are in the 90's today... I love the blogosphere when we can visit with folks around the world and understand how its all working together...

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

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  7. Welcome back after all those weeks of hard work on the production for SHYAC. I'm sure you feel all the feelings of satisfaction,fulfillment and relief at such a beautiful and amazing completion. Congratulations on that Coty~

    Your Outdoor Wednesday photos are, as always, amazing. You have a gift... no, you're a magician with the camera! I love coming to your blog to see these magical images. Thank you~ XO, Vicki

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  8. Oh your mosaics are spectacular and the thistle and swans stunning. It is hard to believe that somewhere else it is winter. Stay warm and rest up from all your hard work.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Crystal

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  9. A fortuitous accident with the thistle! Just gorgeous. I was so captivated by all the Wizard of Oz costumes and scenery! Going to see "Wicked" on Sunday and cannot wait! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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  10. Your pictures are soo inspiring, Coty! I simply love your style!
    Monicax.

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  11. What a wonderful surprise for you - it is like magic. The images are spectacular.

    It seems so strange to imagine snow. It was 95 degrees here yesterday.

    We're preparing for our Independence Day celebration this Saturday.

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  12. Beautiful!

    Your whole blog is so pretty!

    Katherine

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  13. Fantastic photos.. I especially love the thistles in the glass jar! Beautiful visuals!Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~Really Rainey~

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  14. What a wonderful post! I am so glad I found you through Anne Marie.....I will be back to visit and see more of your work!
    Take care, Laura

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  15. I don't know how i found you...but lovely lovely blog.
    xo

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  16. Hi Coty,
    I'm so sorry I'm so late getting here to see this beautiful tablescape. I love the thistles...they are just beautiful under the cloche. Was your laundry really blown right off the line and around your garden? Wow...that sounded like quite the storm. I had to laugh at your comment about the only clean spot in your house. I am so far behind in my house keeping that I feel the same way! :-) It's so weird to read about your cold weather when we are just entering our hottest month here in Georgia...both August and September are always very hot! So I know where to go when I need a winter break...to your beautiful blog! :-) Susan

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Your comments and emails truly make my day a very special one. Thank you for dropping by and visiting me at home in Australia, I read every single comment and I treasure each and every one. xxx Coty