Happy Birthday Mum!
For about a year Mum has been putting hours and hours a week into planning, building and planting a display garden adjacent to her plant nursery and the results are pretty amazing. She has created a garden paradise of winding paths, beautiful tropical plants, ponds and little siting nooks, available for anyone to freely wander around and enjoy.
For Mum's Birthday I wanted to celebrate all her efforts and encourage her to stop and enjoy the beautiful space she has created, something she rarely has time to do.
It took me quite a while to come up with a theme for Mum's birthday, but as soon as I decided to hold it in the gardens the ideas came easily. I settled on a tropical theme to compliment the style of plants, with hibiscus flowers (one of Mum's favourites) as the main feature.
Sticking with the theme, I made desserts with fresh fruity flavours. The Birthday cake was a lemon lime white chocolate mudcake, with a super yummy lemon lime white chocolate ganache, decorated with fondant hibiscus flowers. The cake recipe is one of my favourites, I blogged about it back in April and was very happy for a reason to make it again. On the table there were also pink and yellow hibiscus sugar cookies and some mini coconut and pineapple cheesecakes, I'll share the recipe for them a little later in the week.
The mango white chocolate and macadamia balls were a great find from the Noosa Chocolate Factory stall at the Jan Powers Farmers Markets. I actually had to go back to the markets for these two weeks in a row because we ate all the ones meant for Mum's Birthday.
My little niece was a big fan of the hibiscus cookies and she thought the mango white chocolate balls were pretty delicious too.
Most Importantly Mum loved everything too.
If you are interested in the nursery or just want to take a look at the gardens, please do. The latest project at Lagoon View Nursery and Gardens is a cute little cafe, something I'm very excited about, It will be opening in a few weeks time. Feel free to bring a picnic or if you'd like to have your own party in the gardens just give them a call.