Swallows Nest Farm is a Protea and Native Flower Farm situated on the beautiful Tasman Peninsula in South-Eastern Tasmania. We sell farm fresh wholesale flowers and provide a local floral arrangement service.
For a February wedding, the brief was "colourful" and "native" with the bride's dress in a dark bottle green. What fun!
A beautiful White King Protea formed the centrepiece of the bride's bouquet, making sure there was a real contrast with the dark green of the dress. The King Protea was surrounded by lots of colour and fabulous foliage.
Long arching branches of wattle and some native Billy Buttons provided some yellow. A Scarlet Ribbons pincushion and some stunning rich red flowering gum added red.
Just look at that dazzling colour! Corymbia Ficifolia is a summer gem.
There was a yellow and red Mardi Gras Ribbons Pincushion too.
Blue was added with sea holly and globe thistles. For foliage, there was some lush Risdon Peppermint with lovely arching branches, and some native Coral Fern.
For the floral crown I used more Risdon Peppermint, wattle, and some flowering gum buds.
The grooms boutonniere carried on with the primary colours of red flowering gum, blue sea holly and yellow billy balls, with the addition of Ridson Peppermint foliage and some Corymbia Ficifolia leaves.
The reception was held at the Palais Theatre, Franklin which is a gorgeous old art deco stlye theatre. The bride and groom were decorating the venue themselves and wanted to spread some rich colour around. They had hired a collection of gorgeous vintage amber glass bottles and jars from Style-My-Day and I filled them with lot of colour and texture.
For some larger vases, there were more pincushions, masses of flowering gum, wattle, Billy Balls and some more of that gorgeous Risdon Peppermint foliage.
I really enjoyed playing with these amazing rich colours.
It really was a pleasure to be involved in this unique celebration. I wish the bride and groom as colourful and beautiful life together as their wedding day was!
Summer! This summer wedding was held at Stewarts Bay Lodge in Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula. Rose gold and blush colours were teamed with reds and whites to create the bouquets and florals.
For the bouquets, there were Pincushions in red tones - Scarlet Ribbons and a darker pinky red version of Fountain.
The pincushions were teamed with Pink Ice protea, and white hyrdrangea. There were deep burgundy Safari Sunset Leucos, and the cherry red cones of Jubilee Crown Leucadendron. Fragrant blush-coloured Clethra, Echinacea and blush Hypericum Berries were added too.
Brunia Albirflora added some texture. For foliage, there was anksia foliage in a warm green, and lots of cool blue Risdon Peppermint.
For the groomsmen, there were boutonnieres with rich red Leucos, Jubilee Crown, banksia and peppermint foliage and blush Hypericum berries.
There was also a boutonniere for the Father of the Bride ...
and one for her mum too.
The ceremony took place on the grass, overlooking Stewarts Bay.
The floral arch decorations carried on the theme of the bouquets with Pincusions, Protea, Hydrangea, Brunia, Leucadenron and lots of lush foliage.
For the reception, there were colourful table decorations.
Pincushion Scarlet ribbons and Fountain, with Pink Ice Protea, white Hydrangea were the main flowers. There were low lights of burgundy Safari Sunset leucos, blush coloured Hypericums, Clethra and lots of foliage.
The table numbers were laser cut and looked fabulous sitting up above the flowers. Twisted willow added some height with its wayward branches creating lovely lines in the space.
The table decorations were created in wooden boxes, lime-washed to suit the blush theme.
The beautiful photos by Katinka Smith really capture the light beautifully.
I really enjoyed decorating the cake for this summer wedding. The flowers cascaded down the side from the top to the second tier. The cake was made by Annettes Cakes, a local Tasman Peninsula cake maker. We used flowers in keeping with the theme to create this gorgeous summery look.
Spring in the Tasmanian Botanical Gardens! That was the ceremony venue for this November wedding. The Botanical Gardens are not just a collection of beautifully designed garden spaces but also a living collection of plants, so in order to protect the collection there are some restrictions placed on the types of plant matter that can be brought in. With a wedding, this extends to the bouquets and boutonnieres. Currently, there is a restriction on bringing any plants from the Myrtaceae family into the Gardens, due to the Myrtaceae Rust disease being found in parts of Tasmania. This family of plants includes all the Eucalyptus, Myrtle and many other native Australian plants including those used for cut foliage.
I really enjoyed the challenge though, as a grower of "natives" to make sure that I steered clear of the Myrtaceae family. The bridesmaids were wearing navy so I went for colour!
Spring flowering protea called Pink Cream which has warm pink bracts and a creamy central mass, were the main flower I used. I teamed it with an early flowering Pincushion in a pinky orange. The bride's bouquet also had a creamy white Protea.
There were lots of little spring natives to use for extra colour. I love the purple coneflowers or Isopogons. And in the background, you can see the hot pink Boronia which has a wonderful fragrance.
Both of these natives were used in the boutonnieres. I added a creamy leucadendron Lemon Spice, some little yellow Leucadendron Fireworks, and the foliage used was pittosporum and cyprus.
I love making boutonnieres!
Carrying on with the same colours, I made table decorations for the reception, which was held at Rydges Hobart. More of the Pink Cream Proteas teamed with pincushions, and lots of other spring colour. There are so many leucadendrons that are looking spectacular in spring. One the I love to use is Pisa, which has bright yellow bracts surrounding a pearlescent silver cone. As spring turns into summer the cones swell and the yellow fades to lime green.
Foliage was the main issue with the Myrtaceae restrictions, so I used cyprus, and a couple of varieties of pittosporum.
More colour was added with purple Isopogons, creamy white Berzelia, and Leucadendron Lemon Spice which is cream with pink tips. The last of the hot pink Boronia was added, as well as some green leucos - Maui Sunset and Goldstrike. The blue is Sea Holly.
A bridal table garland full of colour and texture was made to sit along the front of the table.
And to top off the celebration, flowers for the cake, made by Carter's Cakes.
I really enjoyed the challenge with this Botanical Gardens wedding and had such fun playing with beautiful spring colours. I hope the lovely couple enjoyed every minute of their day!
For a November wedding at Bangor Vineyard Shed, the bride wanted wild, leafy green bouquets with lots of seed pods and textures. With so much spring goodness to choose from, these bouquets were a joy to make.
Beautiful creamy white Proteas were the main flower. The brides bouquet also had a large fir tree cone.
I added some golden leucadendron cones too. So much texture! The other 'golden' flowers are a beautiful native that used to be called Dryandra, but have been reclassified as a Banksia now. I still call them golden dryandra. Such a beautiful spring native flower.
There are also lots of leucadendrons in the mix with these bouquets. The creamy white ones are a female Discolour Leucadendron called Lemon Spice. In spring they are a gorgeous creamy white with pink tips.
The other standout Leuco is the Golden Fireworks - explosions of bright yellow on the end of pendulous stems. I really loved using these!
Green Leucadendrons such as Goldestrike, Laureolum and Silver Tree were also included. For foliage, there is Tasmanian Myrtle Beech, Agonis Flexuosa, and some beautiful cyprus foliage with golden highlights. Can you imagine all the good perfumes mingling together in these bouquets!
For white, there are Bushman's Bootlace, a native with the formal name of Pimelea Nivea. I also popped in some snowball verbena, which are so pretty in spring. To cool the whole look down I added some beautiful blue Sea Holly.
I really enjoyed making these bouquets - the colours, the textures, the fragrance. Its an explosion of spring goodness!
This elopement style wedding in autumn was held at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat near beautiful Cradle Mountain in Tasmania's world heritage wilderness. The bride wanted something romantic and woodsy so I found some soft romantic colours to blend together for the bouquets and personal flowers.
Perfect Pink Ice proteas in their autumn flush were teamed up with White Protea Repens. Banksia Brownii and soft green Hydraneas were also used. The wonderful colours in the autumn Leucadendrons was really important to the design - green with bronze tips from Inca Gold, and rich pinky red with a stripe from Jester.
Foliage from Leucadendron Silver Tree was added to some budded Cootamundra Wattle foliage, and lemonscented Tea Tree. I also used some Risdon Peppermint foliage.
I added little blue highlights with Love in a Mist, from the garden. A few Corymbia gum nuts completed the list of ingredients.
I love to add twiggy textural elements, and I think it really added to the woodsy, romantic feel of these bouquets. The flower girl's bouquet was smaller, but with the same ingredients.
Of course, no romantic woodsy wedding would be complete without a floral crown or two! There were crowns for both the bride and the flower girl, made with plenty of budded Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia Baileyana) and leucadendron Jester as focal flowers.
I love the softness that this combination of colours and textures created. I hope the day was full of happy memories!
September weddings are a treat! There are so many gorgeous flowers to play with. For this wedding, held at Barilla Bay Oysters blue and orange was the colour theme. The bridesmaid's were in navy and the bride in ivory.
The main flowers used were creamy white Protea Repens, and orange Banksia Ericifolia.
Berzelia is a spring texture plant also sometimes called Button Bush. It has lots of little green balls at this time of year and is a wonderful addition to a native bouquet.
There were plenty of leucadendrons to use in their late summer, early spring colouring. Safari Sunset was in its "sunset" phase where it turns to yellow, orange and pinky red. Another leuco that I was excited to use is Tall Red, which for most of the year is a burgundy foliage leuco. In August and September is colours up into yellows and bright reds, with yellow central cones. Its such a pretty, fine Leucadendron with a gorgeous range of colour. Maui Sunset was another leuco I used, which can turn completely white/cream at the end of winter, and often with pink tips. Lastly, I used plenty of beautiful fresh Leucadendron Silver Tree with its blue green shimmery foliage.
The bride's bouquet also has a Protea White Ice, and a beauiful Banksia Brownii, which I initially started growing for foliage, but have since fallen in love with the delicate colouring of its flowers.
The Banksia Brownii is a soft orange with pinkish styles and a lovely soft shape.
Other ingredients I used were Thryptomene and Peppermint foliage and to add a touch of blue, Sea Holly.
The men wore boutonnieres made with Thryptomene, leucadendron and Sea Holly.
For an arch decoration I used more orange Banksia Ericifolia, proteas in whites and pins, lots of different leucadendrons, Thryptomene and SIlver Tree, which shimmers in a blue-green.
Its always a joy to create a piece using fresh seasonal ingredients.
This February wedding was held at Stewarts Bay Lodge on the Tasman Peninsula. It's a great venue where the bridal party and guests can all stay on site. It means there's no rush, and it creates a very relaxed atmosphere. Of course, there's also the chance to explore and enjoy the wonderful natural environment of the Tasman Peninsula. (I'm not biased, I promise!)
For the bride, the colours ranged from creamy white, through peachy and blush tones to pink. The main flowers used were Protea White Ice, Protea Pink Ice, a pink Protea Repens, Leucospermum Fountain, and Leucospermum Scarlet Ribbons. I also used Brunia Albiflora, and some gorgeous creamy white Corymbia Ficifolia - Flowering Gum.
The details include poppy pods, tea tree and Silver Tree Leucadendron.
Foliages used were Risdon Peppermint, and Irish Juniper.
I also added some light coloured Misty.
For the men, more of the pretty flowering gum, with peppermint foliage, Irish Juniper and Misty. The groom had an added poppy pod.
Flowering gum is one of my favourite February natives.
November - spring flowers! Such a great time for a wedding. For this couples cocktail style wedding at MONA the bride asked for colour. Music to my ears! And there is so much colour to play with in November.
The bride's bouquet was a combination of waratahs, banksias, proteas and pincusions.
NSW Waratahs (Telopea Speciosissima) are readily available in Tasmania in November. They are such a goregous showy flower in a range of rich reds. I also used red Banksia Coccinea. The first Pincushions (Leucospermum) of the season were just starting. They are called Mardi Gras and have yellow styles with red ribbons, and silvery furry little tops. I also used some Berzelia, a gorgeous spring texture plant with creamy white/green balls.
I also used a Pink Protea with black fringing called Satin Mink, which flowers in spring and autumn. Blue Sea Holly took us to the cooler end of the colour spectrum. Purple Isopogon or Cone Flower are a gorgeous spring flowering Australian native that I also added.
The foliage used is a Tasmanian native rainforest plant - Myrtle Beech.
For the groom, there were spring Leucadendrons - a female Discolour Leuco, creamy white with pinkish tips, and the yellow cones of Golden Fireworks.
A purple Isopogon, blue Sea Holly, and a golden, shiny Dryandra/Banksia Formosa which as well as its distinctive flower has gorgeous zig zag leaves that sprout out at fun angles.
Its a joy to play with fresh spring flowers in such happy colours! For the simple table decorations the bride decided on wooden box arrangements with candles to light for extra atmosphere.
For the boxes, the main flowers used were Banksia Coccinea, Protea Satin Mink, Mardi Gras Pincushions, and Tasmanian Waratahs (Telopea Truncata).
Leucadendrons used were female Discolour, Safari Sunset and Golden Fireworks.
Other flowers were blue Sea Holly, Dryandra/Banksia Formosa, and Isopogon Formosus, with Myrtle Beech foliage.
There are some who think that "native flowers" mean "brown" .... but I think you'd agree this is far from colourless and drab.
Lastly, we did a great big bunch, using the same flowers as the bouquet to use for a vase at the reception room.
It was such a fun wedding to work on, and a treat to be involved!
The last wedding for 2016, bringing in the New Year! I had the pleasure of providing flowers for a local wedding held in a beautiful garden. The vibe was rustic but pretty with the bridesmaids in navy lace. To work with the blue, the bride chose pinks, whites and some peachy tones, and wanted a cascading bouquet. Agonis Flexuosa is a gorgous native foliage that is in flower mid-summer so it was perfect to use.
The main flowers were a peachy pincushion called Fountain, White Ice Protea and Pice Ice Protea. Pink Ice Protea are very difficult to find in mid summer but here in Tasmania, conditions mean that we can harvest them in varying numbers almost all year round.
Other flowers include flowering gum, gum buds, rosy leucadendron cones called Jubilee Crown, green leucadendrons with a pink tinge called Lemon Spice, and pearly white leucadendron cones from Leucadendron Pisa.
The bridesmaids bouquet was smaller, but with similar flowers.
I love the idea of these little wreath-style boutonnieres that the bride came up with . Such a great idea which really suited the theme of the wedding.
Little wreaths of budded gum were decorated with peppermint foliage, flowering gum and leucadendron cones.
Such a great idea!
For the flower girl, there was a larger wreath.
It was decorated with Agonis foliage, peppermint gum foliage, a Pincushion and some leucadendron cones.
Extra flowers and foliage to match the bouquets were used to decorate the cake and the venue.
Such a pretty way to end the year! And, as always, it was a pleasure to be involved in the bride and groom's big day.
For the bouquets, the colours were kept low key. There were lots of silvery greens, with Silver Tree foliage, Risdon Peppermint foliage, Irish Juniper, and Banksia foliage. Each bouquet also had some Lambs Ears - such beautiful soft foliage which seemed to contrast so well with the spiky zig-zag Banksia leaves.
The bride's bouquet featured Banksia Baxterii at the front (Birdsnest Banksia), Banksia Speciosa to the left of it, a shimmering Silver Tree cone next to it, and Brunia Albiflora at the top of the picture. A creamy white Protea Repens was also used.
The bridesmaids bouquets were similar, but without the Banksia Speciosa and Protea Repens. Leucadendron Pisa, a green leuco with silvery white cones was used throughout the arrangements for the wedding. There were also touches of blue with Sea Holly. Special creamy white Hydrangea Paniculata were used in each of the bouquets too. And you can see other details like Nigella pods, white Hypericum berries, and poppy pods. Lots of wonderful textures!
Simple boutonnieres for the men using the zig-zag Banksia leaves, Lambs Ears, Sea Holly and Hypericum.
The reception was held inside the amazing central building at Saffire. The view across the landscape is amazing.
Table decorations for the centre of each table carried on the limited colour palette. Brunia, Banksia, Leucadendrons, native foliage and Peppermint gum, with little splashes of blue from the Sea Holly.
Each centrepiece had lichen covered twigs to bring the landscape inside.
For the bridal table, a runner with more of the same ingredients.
It looks a bit different in the flower shed, the day before!