The recent trip to Melbourne, as well as my own garden, has inspired a small piece, this pincushion which is a tiny pumpkin patch surrounded by a border of flowers. Mostly made from wool felt the pumpkin vine has tiny wire tendrils . Growing with the vine are some novelty flower pins. The larger flower pinhead is hand made from the felt, the other pins purchased.
On return I discovered that the pumpkin planted in a garden box in our under cover area had escaped. It had literally taken off over the sides of the plant box, raced along the ground and headed out the door.
Visiting St.Erth, a Diggers Club Garden, the herbaceous border, food forest and terracing had an impact.
Another significant influence was the Community garden at St.Kilda . A fertile oasis with a noble intent, and although opposite Luna Park and the trundling roller coaster, crowds and traffic it offered a haven.
This garden was originally a bowling club that has been “re-purposed” , and meanders around small plots, aviaries and a chicken pen as well as various buildings.
Interwoven throughout this magical and quirky space is art: painting, mosaics, sculpture that work with the garden to create an interesting and enriching environment.
The other garden that has inspired is this tiny community garden begun last year in a bluestone laneway. Already it is attracting birds,insects and lizards .
Small beginnings have such potential for growth and magnificence. This is the garden that my daughter has initiated so it is one held dear and with much love and pride.