To enhance the garden theme, I created garden gloves, a shovel, and seed packets out of gum paste. The seed packets were one of my favorite details. I made an actual sealed packet out of gum paste with dragees inside the packet so that it sounded like there were seeds inside when you shook it. I downloaded some images of vintage seed packets from the Internet and printed out an edible image to attach to the packets.
Since it was a garden cake, it, of course, had to have flowers. I made sure to include yellow roses and pink peonies as they were specific flowers the women had in her garden. I also made white sweet peas, white berries, and some blue pulled blossoms.
I loved they way the blue blossoms popped against the yellow roses.
The topper was a topiary ball made from Styrofoam ball, covered in fondant and then covered with gum paste hydrangea and buds.
For the peonies, it was my first time making them, so I tried a couple of techniques to see which look I preferred. I was pleased with the outcome as it was first time making them, but when I try them again, I am going play around with them a bit to try for something a little bit more realistic looking. The peonies started out a very light pink color, but I gave them a final dust with some watermelon petal dust with a tiny bit of plum petal dust.
I liked this one the best.