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Giveaway: Win ‘Botanical Style’ by Selina Lake

EDIT: Giveaway is complete.

Would you like to win a beautiful book?!

Well, if you live in Australia you just might be able to win this very one.

Selina Lake makes lovely books that combine vintage snazz with contemporary style. They’re heavy on the ‘things that are meaningful to you’ and light on the ‘follow this trend’. What a relief.

Botanical Style is a lovely example of this heart-home approach. There are lots of ace ideas on bringing the outdoors in and greening up your place, no matter what your personal or decorating style is. There are fancy/formal suggestions and more informal, breezy gems too. And there are pretty blooms galore.

Here’s a little peek inside (below) – but you can find out EVEN more about ‘Botanical Style’ over on Holly’s blog, or head straight to Selina’s corner of the world.

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To enter:

Comment below and let me know your favourite plant related story – or your favourite plant!

Competition closes on 18th August at midnight, Melbourne time.
Winner chosen and contacted via email on 19th August.
I can post this book within Australia only – so make sure you have an Australian mailing address.
NOTE: Your comment might not show up straight away – as all comments must be approved – but it WILL show up once I have time to approve it. Never fear!


Thanks to Hardie Grant Books – Selina’s Australian distributor – for sending me this lovely book to give away! It is beautiful and I can see how much work has gone into making it that way…


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    Zenna Nixon
    August 14, 2016 at 12:22 AM

    I used to love hearing my mum tell the story of feeding snap dragons sugar with a little spoon when she was a girl. She would open the ‘mouth’ of the petals and pour the sugar inside.

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    August 13, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    I love hydrangea and have three different varieties in my garden grown from cuttings from my mother’s garden. She in turn grew them from cuttings from friends’ gardens. I look forward to them flowering in summer.

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    August 13, 2016 at 10:57 PM

    I had an accidental botanical theme when trying to choose a name for my first daughter. My top three names were Ivy, Olive, and Fern! We chose Ivy because it represents strength, resilience and loyalty, all beautiful qualities of the plant and the person. Ivy is now a sweet, quirky seven year old who would think this book is beautiful, as do I x

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    August 13, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    I like black-eyed susans. Hardy little suckers with cute flowers.

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    August 13, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    How can I have a favourite plant when there are so many gorgeous plants? I love ALL flowers and flowering bushes, and most vegetable plants and nearly ALL trees. Sadly though I am not very good with plants – living ones that is. I can arrange a very nice posy or vase of flowers, and I can put together a good display of veggies or sprigs from native bushes. However, I must confess, with great sadness, that I don’t seem to be able to keep my plants – both potted and free-range in the garden – alive. I have tried. Kind friends have issued hints and family have attempted to help. It has even been suggested that I limit myself to the fake kind . However, I have decided to pursue my love of plants through letting others do the tending to them. For me is the joy of seeing, smelling, and decorating with these lovely parts of creation.

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    August 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Daphne is one of my faves! It’s perfume is soooo good. I like to pop it in vases all through the house so that you get wafts of it when you walk past. I also love the jasmine that is flowering like crazy right now- I like to wear it in my hair, even though I’m probably too old. I walk past a stunning Japonica bush on my way to the train in the morning and it makes me swoon. Every season there is something that I blooming love! Xx

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    August 13, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    My daughter is a bit different to other ten year olds – dislikes pop music, likes 90s rock, watches Gilmore Girls (Team Jess) and doesn’t watch tv. As I said – different. Shy. Earlier this year she started at an after school club called ‘Nature Club’. She realised she loves gardening. She has created her own little subgroup in the club where she teaches other students how to re-pot succulents (she has a ‘thing’ for the succulents). It has increased her social confidence now end – so now I love succulents for what they have done to help my daughter find her way (sentences I never thought I’d type #256).

    We are moving into a new house and for the first time in her life, she will have her own room. Hello! Your blog comp! This is the perfect combo, non? Plus (no joke) it is her 11th birthday on the 17th of August. How can you go past this delicious story of botanical sweetness? 🙂

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    August 13, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    I’m loving the peas my hubbie is growing in the garden at the moment. So yummy eaten straight from the pod! It’s the only way my eldest daughter will eat peas!

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    August 13, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    Simple jonquils from the farmers market ??

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    August 13, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    I love honeysuckle. As a child we used to pick the flowers to suck the honey like nectar. Not only were they pretty to look at and sweet to taste but they smelled divine!

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    August 13, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    I love how evocative flowers are and can take you back to a time and place in memory.
    -Like seeing the colours of the “yesterday today and tomorrow” reminds me of my childhood home or
    -a whiff of jasmine transports me to my home where I was a teenager and warm summer night
    – or Agapanthus (“Aggies panties” as my friend call them!) and my mom deciding to take some of the seeds home from the beautiful ones growing on the side of the road as my sister and I hid in the back seat!

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    August 13, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Violet memories. Little posies circled by voluptuous violet leaves xxx
    Love you mum xx

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    August 13, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    I’m a Naturopath and use plants as medicine so it is nigh on impossible for me to name my favourite, but let me try my best to name a few contenders:
    – Aloe vera, for its never-say-die tenacity to grow ANYWHERE, even in the gardens owned by those of us with the blackest of thumbs. Also super handy for cuts and scrapes and burns and bites to soothe the heck out of everything.
    – Peppermint, again will grow all over the place, and with it around you’re never more than 3 minutes away from tummy taming herbal tea
    – Camellia and Daphne, because when we’re all in the Winter time no-flower funk, these two beauties pop up and say hello with their beautiful petal-faces.

    Thanks for the chance to win this book Pip, it looks amazing! (Even if I don’t win it is officially on the shopping list!) xx

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    August 13, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Oh, being a rather introverted, don’t-look-at-me sort of person, I have a soft spot for unpretentious little flowers that grow in by-the-wayside kind of places. I was in Sweden years ago and there were little blue forget-me-nots growing along the side of the country roads, which appealed to me (and since reading CS Lewis’s biography Surprised by Joy, where he talks of himself as a “votary of the blue flower”, after the old German poet Novalis, which refers to a kind of longing which is in itself desirable, I am extra fond of blue flowers too – and forget-me-nots are on the Royal Albert Flower-of-the-Month teacup for July, which is my birth month, and who doesn’t like a fine floral tea cup!). But if I was to be Australian about it I also love our paper daisies or everlasting daisies – the ones that grow wild about the place with the pink buds that turn into white and yellow flowers (Rhodanthe anthemoides) – and I love native bluebells also, which grew in the lawn of my childhood home, but I had better stop!

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    August 13, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Oh gosh. Those sneaky botanicals grow on you don’t they?! I had a long stemmed rose growing in the garden in my last rental, then I started growing edible blooms and decorating my food with them, now I have a growing potted garden and they have started creeping up my doorstep in the form of succulents and into the house! Hello fiddleleaf! Long story short- I don’t have a favourite plant but them invading my house might be my favourite botanical story! ????????????????

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      August 13, 2016 at 6:55 PM

      Ok so emoji’s translate as question marks…. Good to know…. :/

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    Tamara Bubalo
    August 13, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Cacti are one of my favourites, but I also adore lavender and keep staying fascinated with gum trees and jacarandas… The book looks amazing!

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    August 13, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    An enormous Morton Bay Fig tree was my best friend when I first started working. I would take my lunch break on one of its exposed roots under sprawling branches and cooling foliage.

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    cosmic fleece
    August 13, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Hi Pip,
    Xanthorrhoea’s (Zan-thor-ria) is my fav, the aussie grass tree. They were previously known as ‘black boys’ however this is rather racist ! and they are now Grass Trees, but sound is so booorring … Xanthorrhea sounds exotic, mysterous and unknown. They grow a centimetre a year ! They can sustain themselves through fires, birds feed on their flower spike, they are drought hardy, and prefect for our nutrient poor soils… They take ages to grow, but why not get a small one, whack it in a sunny well drained spot, and watch it grow over time …

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    Mish Sand
    August 13, 2016 at 6:01 PM

    The Nightingale and the Rose by Del Kathryn Barton for her spectacular colourful swoon worthy illustrations.

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    August 13, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Succulents! Because of their name.

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