Yesterday I was delighted to take Caddy out of the big smoke and up to the little town of Spring Hill, not far from Kyneton. Please excuse the iPhone pics – I was just too excited to stop and pull my real camera out!
Spring Hill Peony Farm supplies cut flowers to florists as well as bare rooted plants during winter. But this time of year in November they hold Open Weekends so anyone can come along and pick their own peonies!
The sun was shining as I pulled into the farm on this glorious Sunday afternoon – and after donning my trusty gumboots and secateurs I headed down the bush track in giddy anticipation.
And wasn’t I rewarded! Row upon row of the palest blush peonies were in full bloom, with many more rows just budding up.
Soon my secateurs were snipping away wildly as I gathered a large assortment of every shade of pink imaginable – from the very palest hint of colour to a deep fuschia hiding amongst the taller ones (though not well enough for this floriographer’s keen eye!).
Triumphant, I marched back to the gate with my armload of beauties and was thrilled to bump into one of the owners, Nicky, who introduced the charming little church that was originally built right here for the township of Spring Hill. It’s now owned by Nicky and Mac, who are making it and the nearby Reception House available for small wedding ceremonies.
So often I’ve driven past old sad old country churches wishing I could see them come alive again with the excitement and beauty of a wedding – and here is one that has been saved! The church and architect designed Reception House are a beautiful venue for an intimate party of about 60, and I know a floriographer who’d would be thrilled to help you out with the decor (hint, hint).