Our gorgeous friends Renee & Justin were married at Evedon Park Bush Retreat in November last year and we were also lucky enough to be guests. It is such a special part of the world, and Renee & Justin wanted the natural bush textures to continue into their flowers, combining beautiful proteas and natives with roses which bought the pink and burgundy tones.
It is such a delight creating flowers for friends!
Lisa and Anthony were married in March 2019 at Stonebarn Lodge in Pemberton. I had the pleasure of creating their wedding blooms, which featured gorgeous native flowers and proteas with plenty of texture and bright pops of colour. Thank you to Lisa for sharing these photos with me. The flowers complemented the natural location of Stonebarn perfectly, and pop against the beautiful dusky pink bridesmaid dresses and Lisa’s gorgeous wedding gown.
A bit of an update around here. I’ve taken some time off over the past few months, only taking on a handful of weddings this past season. I’ve been trying to figure out what I want The Wild Stem to be, to balance my love of flowers, but not taking on so much that I end up burnt out ( like last year…). Its a tough balance for a florist. So, I have scaled back, which gives me much more room to be passionate about what I do, whilst also having time to pursue other things I love. I’m making this online space more of a blog, where I can document my journey with flowers and gardening. I’ll be also documenting the weddings that I have the privilege of flowering, so you can keep up to date with the work that I’m doing (I will be doing a big update very soon).
I am still taking on limited wedding bookings, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch for enquiries.
So I’m not going to claim I personally created this wicking bed or else my husband won’t let me live it down… so definitely full credit to the Hubby before I even begin :)
We were gifted a half-wine barrel and it has been sitting empty in our patio for about a year or so, and we have finally put it to good use! Originally we were thinking about putting a citrus tree in it, but we have wanted to dip our toes in veggie gardening without fully committing as we don’t have the right ground space at the moment. So this is where the wicking bed comes into it.
This diagram below by The Little Veggie Patch Co explains how a wicking bed works. Essentially it is a ‘self watering’ garden bed.
Below are the first cherry tomato harvest (Jan 2019)! We have also had an abundance of basil, dill, lettuce and we have also successfully grown one full capsicum (!!) and we have not so successfully grown spinach (too much sun). It is really satisfying growing your own herbs and vegetables. A wicking bed, whilst it seems complicated at first and does take a bit of work to set up, is a really great way to grow your on veggies if you don’t have much space, if you don’t have the right soil or are too scared to commit to growing in the ground (like me!)
Lauren & Jorgen got married amongst the bush in Dwellingup at the beautiful Nanga Bush Camp in September last year. They kept the flowers simple; with just a bouquet, buttonhole, arbor and cake blooms, they allowed the stunning setting to speak for itself and the focus to be on them and their nearest and dearest.
Absolutely stunning photography by Amy Skinner. See the full post here.
Venue: Nanga Bush Camp
Photographer: Amy Skinner
Dress: Made With Love
Hair: Honey Beez Hair Design
Makeup: Made Up By Simone
Cake: Tam Bakes Cakes
Celebrant: Celebrations By Candice
Chairs And Table: Maisey Collection
Flowers: The Wild Stem
I couldn’t resist photographing our Eremophilia Nivea “Emu Bush” as it was flowering a couple of weeks ago. This plant is native to Western Australia and it thrives in our dry conditions. According to Australian Native Plant Society Eremophila is from the Greek words eremos and phileo, meaning desert and love respectively, or “desert loving” referring to the habitat of many of the species. Nivea is from the Latin word niveus, meaning snow white, obviously referring to the beautiful velvety silver foliage.
Delicate purple flowers appear from late winter to early summer. Ours could do with a bit more of a prune; it is in a windy spot and the branches are growing a bit wild, so pruning will help it to bush up and get a bit denser. I think because they grow quite fast the roots can be quite shallow and so they can be affected by strong winds or heavy rain, so keeping it well pruned with a dense habit will assist it to survive the conditions. The contrast against the Grevillea Olivacea behind is delicious.
We went on a local tour of Hilton gardens the other weekend and by accident we ended up walking past our garden so the group insisted we stop and have a look at it. One of members made the comment of our colour palette… soft blues and silvery tones are prominent, both the front and back. I hadn’t actually realised this before but now it is pretty obvious. Its funny how a fresh set of eyes can make you see things you hadn’t noticed before. I love the softness and contrast of this colour palette against the greenery. You can’t go wrong in my opinion. Maybe I’ll do a post soon of silver native plants for the garden.
So I’ve been wanting to share some of my gardening journey over the past couple of years. I haven’t really known where to start so I’m going to just jump right in with some background.
We bought our house in October 2016 and at the time our garden was a clean slate - freshly mulched ankle deep (to cover the sand, weeds, and grass as we would later find out…) with a few native seedlings planted here and there, ready to sell the property.
One of the reasons Hilton was so appealing to us was because of all of the nature, wide verges and rambling gardens surrounding the gorgeous weatherboard cottages; it is known as the ‘garden suburb’ after all. It appealed to our desire for space and my husband’s country upbringing, whilst staying close to Fremantle. We loved that we had a corner block with both a front and back yard. We always intended to landscape the garden but it certainly wasn’t a priority in the beginning. However, as the internal renovations started to get quite extensive, I found myself looking outside for a bit of a break, some quiet time and an opportunity to get my hands dirty with my own project.
Before buying our house I didn’t have any interest in gardening. I was working as a florist and that was how my interest in natives started to develop. Perhaps moments from my childhood had lasting impressions; I grew up in the hills of Perth on a one acre property, surrounded by bushland and native plants. My parents would spend many hours on the weekend maintaining the property, although I was never interested in helping out and when I was forced to it was such a bore! Likewise I remember many walks through my grandparent’s beautifully manicured cottage garden, going on little tours as each plant and flower was described to us. It is funny to think that now, many years later I have discovered my own love of gardening after a childhood abundant with nature that I never appreciated.
So I’ll be sharing some of my journey as a complete novice gardener as we have slowly started to transform our bare block, whilst also examining particular species we are planting. I remember the first time I started planting it was in the absolute heat of January in Perth and I was so shocked that some died (!). I have learnt so much in only two years, which is exciting and encouraging and motivating to keep on at it. It is an ongoing lesson in patience, persistence, trial and error.
Below I’ve compiled some photos I’ve found on Pinterest that have influenced what we are hoping to achieve in our own space. Perhaps ‘neat & native’ is a good way to describe it; something that looks a bit wild but is well kept and organised on closer inspection. We are planting 99.9% Australian native species.
So stay tuned as next I’ll be sharing some ‘after’ photos, and by after i mean 18 months a work in progress (and by no means completed!!)
Cate & James were married at a venue close to my heart. They wanted textural crisp white and green blooms which were a perfect complement to the contrasting navy blue of the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen jackets. What a delightful couple they were to work with!
In November I had the pleasure of working on a styled wedding shoot at Stackwood. It is such a beautiful venue for a wedding and it was made even more special by the work of the talented vendors who all contributed to making it all happen:
Photography: Shoshana Kruger Photography
Concept & Styling: Lyndley Mill
Florals: The Wild Stem
Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Parlour
Furniture: Heart Strings Hire + Style
Stationery: Chi Borrello
Glassware; Euphoric Events Perth
Cake: Cheat Day
Lighting: Festoon Lighting Perth
Models; Madeline & Jarrah
For the past couple of months I've been having a flower stall at the Perth City Farm farmers market. It is tucked away behind the East Perth train station and it is such a gem. I honestly can't recommend it enough for organic produce direct from the growers, or for a morning coffee at the cafe. The best thing is that it is a small market and it has such a warm, friendly vibe that i haven't really felt at other markets. I feel like i'm in a small country town whenever i'm there, the customers are so delightful, the people that make Perth City Farm tick are so delightful, and there is the regular clientele that come every week, rain, hail or shine. It makes the early morning totally worthwhile. Last weekend I took a bit of time to wander through the community garden and take some photos.
Kings Park in all of its Spring time glory! Such a beautiful time of the year.