xmlns:fb='http://ogp.me/ns/fb#' Karen Wagner garden & design: May 2013

Sunday, 26 May 2013

THE chelsea flower show for 2013

Well everyone has heard that Flemings won the Best Garden at Chelsea this week - a big congratulations.  Not only is it quite an amazing feat that an Australian team could even be considered for  the big win, but to do so on the 100th Chelsea Flower Show is something.  Apparently they won hands down!
I have been collecting photos and snippetts from Chelsea all week.  I have had a little help as my Mum was actually there and sent little tidbits through all week in the leadup and then about her day there.
It has to be remembered that it is definitely a 'show' and it's a spectacle in its own right......don't get me wrong its fabulous and I love going to Chelsea when I get the chance.  Its a unique and fabulous experience.  If you ever get the chance don't hesitate.  You can appreciate it even if you aren't a garden afficinado!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

For Mother's Day we love.........

Although Mother's Day has become quite commercial in our lifetime, it's ancient traditions are all about celebrating, thanking & honouring our mothers.  Yes of course they gave life to us but they also fundamentally are our lifeline & put up with much as just part of 'the job'.  

apparently if we are to believe wikipedia.....
The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother's Day in Australia was started by Mrs Janet Heyden,a resident of Leichhardt, Sydney in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor. Traditionally, the chrysanthemum is given to mothers for Mother's Day as the flower is naturally in season during May in Australia and ends in "mum", our common affectionate shortening of "mother" in Australia. 
It goes on to say......Men will often wear a chrysanthemum in their lapels in honour of mothers. - something I have never seen but if you have please let me know.
So in the interest of making your mum feel as if you really do appreciate her, here are a few lovely things that everyone at KWGD think would be great to get for Mother's Day.   We've all picked out things we would like to recieve as a Mum.

A great way to say THANKS MUM!