What’s your earliest memory of plants and flowers during Christmas?
“Growing up in Australia, we celebrate Christmas with all the English traditions, except that it’s in the middle of summer! I love the smell of the yellow wattle, jasmine, frangipani flowers and the leaves from the eucalyptus trees in the heat of the day.”
An inspiring way to wrap flowers you’d give someone for Christmas?
“Hand-made paper is always perfect to wrap flowers, or printed rice-paper, with a gold or silver ribbon.”
When you think of a field of flowers, what flowers do you imagine?
“I love to see green fields filled with daisies. I grew up in a small town in Australia, and spent many hours with my sisters in the fields stringing daisies together to make necklaces for each other.”
Sounds so idyllic. Can you tell us more about your childhood in Australia?
“The inland town where I grew up was very dry and hot, and so on weekends I spent most of my childhood barefoot, climbing trees and on the swing out in the back garden. We spent a lot of time together playing dress-up, and pretending to be characters out of stories we’d read. We made our own costumes from whatever we could find around the house. A wheelbarrow filled with cushions and fabric which was then covered with an enormous cardboard box would become the Princess carriage. My little sister sat in it and I would push her around and around the garden until I dropped. I grew up surrounded with nature: the massive Ghost Gum, Lemon Gum and Blue Gum trees, bottle-brush, wattle, the strange Banksia bush, and of course, wildflowers.”
Which flower reminds you of your mother?
“Gardenias remind me of my mother. She carried a huge bouquet of scented gardenias on her wedding day and they remained her favourite flowers throughout her life.”
What’s your favourite flower store?
“My favourite flower shop is L’Atelier. 56 Rue Pernety, 75014 in Paris. Véronique, the florist, is a true artist, and she can always find the most obscure and interesting flowers for my photos.”
On what unexpected place do you like to put your flowers?
“They always look fantastic in the bathroom. A simple bouquet of all white flowers.”