Saturday, August 20, 2011

Magnolia Square on a bittersweet day


For those of you in Melbourne - isn't it an absolute cracker of a day!  I've missed sunshine sooooooo much.

It's been a bitter sweet day, not ready to tell you about the sad bit yet but I will later on this week.

For this post I'll focus on the sweet.

One of the things we did today was head to Magnolia Square to visit a friend of ours who has the most covetable product line!  The last time I posted about Magnolia Square, it was a beautiful Autumn day.  This time it is a beautiful early Spring day!  (well it's still winter technically but with the blue skies and warmth, it feels more like spring).  Magnolia Square is a curated market place for independent artists, designers and makers from around   Australia.  It's held at different locations at different times of the year.

Here are a few pics and I also asked some of my favourite exhibitors to tell me their favourite plant...

Dragonflies from Love AJ

Sam from Red Wagon loves growing lilies, she loves them so much she named her daughter for the flower.  I love Red Wagon and Miss Bok's classmates often get something red-wagony for their birthdays!

I love Makemeiconic - I often give gifts to friends leaving for distant shores to remind them of home


Gorgeous acorns from Down to the Woods - Amber likes succulents best as she is convinced she has a black thumb... 
Gorgeous freckle ottoman from Down to the Woods!  Amber's garlands can be seen all over my home...more pics here.
Amber's garlands on my dresser

I bought this skirt from Heavenly Creatures for Miss Bok (6)!  She will adore it, I want it in my size, I'd definitely wear it!  Kelly from Heavenly Creatures loves peonies and fluffy hydrangeas.

Oh I LOVE  !  Last time I met up with Martine I came away with rather a lot of old prints!   I posted here what I did with some of them.  Martine is a succulent plant lover as well.

Master Bok (2)'s room

See all the framed prints on his book shelf?

This gorgeous book 'My Bed is a Boat' hangs above my bed!

And this 'K was once a little kite' sits on my dresser (with garlands from Down to the Woods)

I mentioned my friend B in a previous post.   She is one of my every day heroes - her newborn has had to go through traumatic heart surgery and a raft of procedures, I don't know how they are coping but her precious bundle is just about ready to come home and I am more than ready to meet her!  So when I saw these gorgeous bracelets from Little Lamb, I had to get one for sweet Y.  A little bunny one for her bunny guardian angel.  Caitlin from Little Lamb loves jasmine - a lady after my own heart!  Nothing like the smell of jasmine to prompt that joyous Spring feeling!

There were so many beautiful displays, I didn't get around to them all because my camera ran out of battery and Master Bok (2) was itching to go but really it was a beautiful hour spent browsing beautiful things and meeting the designers.

We also visited my favourite garden nursery, Bulleen Art & Garden to grab some organic soil that's on special there at the moment.

Back home, we pottered about the garden in the sunshine enjoying the company of our little family.

Discovered more peas (purple podded?  Golden?  Snow? Sugar snap?  No idea!) shooting

Long forgotten celery growing well

Potatoes starting to grow in the empty chook feed bags (you can see I've tried lots of different types over the last year!!)

Not sure what these are - some kind of pea and something else!

Has anyone noticed their strawberries putting on a burst of growth too?  I've got strawberries all over the garden largely unnoticed, but I'm starting to see them put on glossy leave now (yay!!)

Planting out the raspberry shoots - the tall one is an older one, the little ones and sideshoots planted out - lovely Tash from my local permaculture group had little raspberry runners she was giving away so I put my hand up for some!  The gardening community is so friendly, so generous and so lovely to be part of.

Our citrus are putting on a burst of growth!

Did you know that bay trees flower??  I had no idea!  The bay leaf tree growing in the pot has never flowered, but this one growing here has the most gorgeous flowers rather like the wattle/acacia blossoms. The much neglected mulberry is forming fruit already.  Love it - the most generous of trees I often think.

Almond blossoming

Plums blossoming

Lemon and limes fruiting 
Look where I found Florence...perched high up on the sunflower!

More plum blossom

Dwarf nectarine blossoming

Little lemon myrtle flowering

Blueberries in flower 

Hope you have all had a wonderful start to your weekend!  Magnolia Square is still on tomorrow so if you're in Melbourne head on down, it's in Ivanhoe this time around.


  1. So lovely to see your garden coming to life just as ours are fading, would love a taste of your sunshine right now! And what a great market, lOvE the pompom seat!

  2. Mrs Bok, I was there too! I actually just discovered it the other day reading through your older posts and thought I must check it out, I was not disappointed. I will write a post about it on my own blog tomorrow. You're garden is looking fantastic - I really need to get planting in mine.

  3. Hi Caro, I love it too! Would suit our home, any home!!
    Hi Barb/Mrs Good :) Glad I was useful :) Such a fun market!

  4. What a lovely field trip. Wish I could see it and your garden first-hand!

  5. A busy post with lots of different activities to read about, hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead of you after all this!

  6. Beautiful pictures, looks like a lovely day!

  7. oh your kids nursery is divine! makes me feel bad for having LP in such a boring little room. but she's a little too young to have that 'proud of my room' thang going on - so when we move at the end of the year i'll endeavour to make it a little nicer on the eye! but thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Oh, your life is so stylish!

    I hope everything is OK...

  9. What a great looking market. I just adore that skirt too.
    You garden is looking fantastic. So much new growth! I have to start again with my veg seedlings as they've been eaten.
    I hope everything is ok x

  10. So many beautiful things to look at on your blog today. The pom pom ottoman is my favorite. Your garden looks like everything is growing nicely. Enjoyed my visit this evening.

  11. Oh that was way too much gorgeousness in one post, I am blogsmacked! Everything is something that I would love to have in my home... and I just adore baby bok's bedroom - what a fabulous space he has, lucky little man :)

    GLORIOUS post!

  12. Ohh I wished I lived closer so I could go and check that out! The garden looks great too. Love the lemons

  13. The sweet does indeed sound sweet - and your garden is looking gorgeous. We've been enjoying the sunshine here in Perth too. It's warm!

    I'm sorry to hear there's a bitter mix hiding in there too. I hope things improve.

  14. Looks like you had a great weekend, that market look like a good one. Your garden is starting to come alive.

  15. Lovely lovely pictures! What breed is the adorable Florence?

  16. Sorry to hear you have sad news to be shared :o( - But I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Master Bok's room! it is so peaceful and calming yet invokes imagination, wonderful! My little Princess saw the skirt you bought for Miss Bok and has now put in an order for herself (She was digging through the material box just before bedtime) So thank you, we are inspired! Please have a wonderful week and thank so much for visiting our blog. We have more baby chicks hatching as I write this and later this week I will post more ;o) xx

  17. Hello everyone :) Thanks for your messages!

    Mel - Florence is a frizzle bantam! She is so sweet.

    It's been such a warm sunny winter weekend, I really hope spring has come early and is here to stay !!

  18. I have fallen in love with Master Bok's bedroom. It's beautiful. Makes me very ashamed of the room my monkeys live in.

  19. I love how you decorate with vintage pictures, very cool. Master Bok's room is so amazing how you decorate it. So many happenings in your garden. Yup the strawberries are suddenly putting more growth here too. So many lemon to look forward too.

  20. I wonder when/if Magnolia Square happens around my area... I'd definitely go to see it!

  21. That market sounds wonderful. I would happily have one of everything please? How could a little child sleep anything but deeply and beautifully surrounded by such lovely things.

  22. What a great event with lots of great things to be found. I really like the dragonfly artwork and the freckle otttoman. It's funny, I was searching for felt balls on the weekend as I was planning on making a felt ball garland for our nursery. The ones in your home are lovely. I had also been thinking of trying to find some vintage alphabet books to spell out our baby's name in frames. Your garden is all looking wonderful.

  23. What a terrific post Mrs B - rich, rich, rich with gloriousness!

    I'm hoping that the sun continues to shine in your pocket of the world this week and precious little Y and her family are able to enjoy lots of warm cuddles.

    Happy day Lovely!

    xx Felicity

  24. Loved that Dragonfly pic, Missus Bok. Nice to see your garden doing so well...

  25. That was such a full and exciting post. I just loved the look of the stalls at the market. And you little boys room is delightful and those prints are beautiful. Wow!

  26. Magnolia Square looks sublime! I saw so many things that would find their way into my closet! :D

  27. What a wonderful assortment of pictures. I really like those cute gift tags. And cute children's room!!

  28. Great pictures. Love the lighting in that one room.

    'Please visit our new website'

  29. i'm not from melbourne but i just sent something melbourne! lol

    that skirt from heavenly creatures is...well, heavenly!

  30. That photo of Florence perched on the sunflower is adorable. She looks a little like our bald eagle--rather majestic (and fluffy)!

  31. I love those arts/crafts markets. A friend and I visit a lot of them in the fall. We always find such unique items. Thanks for sharing your photos...such beautiful items.

  32. Oh dear.... so many lovely links. Will definitely be saying goodbye to a few dollars today!

    Hannah @ Basic Space


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