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  1. It’s Wee Birdy’s 5th Birthday! Win a bottle of Penhaligon’s Peoneve!

    To celebrate Wee Birdy’s 5th birthday, I’m giving away FIVE fabulous prizes over FIVE days. Each prize is something I truly love and hand-picked especially for you, my dearest and most lovely readers.

    Today’s prize is a 100ml bottle of Penhaligon‘s beautiful new fragrance Peoneve, valued at £120, which is most thrilling as peonies are perhaps my most beloved bloom, and Penhaligon’s is one of my favourite heritage British brands. With lush green top notes courtesy of violet leaf, a heady core of peony, Bulgarian rose and hedione with a base of earthy vetiver, musk and warm cashmere wood, Penhaligon’s have succeeded in capturing an English garden in a bottle. It reminds me of the heady summer’s day I spent at Vita Sackville-West’s garden, Sissinghurst, in Kent three years ago. Not a bad fragrance memory at all.

    While history is at the heart of Penhaligon’s brand, it’s anything but traditional when it comes to perfume-making. Penhaligon’s master perfumer (love that job title) extracted the dominant peony note using the very latest in fragrance technology – a technique that comes with it’s own registered trademark, and which I won’t attempt to explain because I don’t have a science degree. In addition, both the vetiver and Bulgarian rose were obtained using CO2 extraction; an ecologically-friendly process that captures every last drop of scent from the ingredient.

    Peoneve launched exclusively at Harvey Nichols this week, and to celebrate, the Fifth Floor Terrace on Knightsbridge has been transformed into a “multi-sensory garden” with a cocktail and dessert menu inspired by the notes in the fragrance. There will be huge overgrown peonies and laser-cut insects alongside traditional garden furniture and the fragrance of sweet nectar. It’s everything you’d expect from a typical English garden in high summer, and since Britain’s weather refuses to co-operate, you may as well play tea parties at Harvey Nicks.

    I love the sound of Penhaligon’s Peony Punch, which blends William’s gin with a bespoke tea blend inspired by the fragrance. It’s served in a five litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle and will serve six. Impressive. Or there is the The Rose Garden, with Kentish raspberries, fresh white peach, Naked Chase vodka, and pressed apple juice, served over a frozen sphere of ice.

    Don’t get me started on the dessert menu. There is white chocolate and peony mousse as well as gooseberry fool with elderflower and English custard. Oh god. And then there are a selection of ‘Boozy Pops’, a grown-up version of ice-lollies. See? You really can have your sunny English summer – you just have to get it on a stick.

    Peoneve will be available exclusively at Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge from 16th July 2012 and then in Penhaligon’s boutiques, concessions and online from 13th August 2012.

    Harvey Nichols
    109-125 Knightsbridge
    London SW1X 7RJ
    Nearest tube: Knightsbridge


    Follow these two steps to win:

    1. To qualify to win, you must follow or ‘like’ Wee Birdy on either Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter – or all three if you like! If you’re already following me on one of these platforms, you are automatically qualified to win.

    2. Leave a comment in the comments section of this post and ensure you enter your email address in the space provided (your email address will not be published).

    The competition closes on Saturday 21 July, 2012 at 5pm AEST. Winners will be drawn at random on Sunday 22 July. Winners will be announced and contacted by email on Monday 23 July, 2012.
    Winners have one week to respond to the initial email from Wee Birdy confirming that they have won. If Wee Birdy doesn’t hear from the winner of each prize within a week, the winner/s will forfeit their prize and Wee Birdy will randomly draw another winner/s.

    Have you entered the other competitions this week?
    Click here to win a fine bone china mug and birch tray set from Howkapow.
    Click here to win an Alex Monroe ‘All the Best’ crown necklace.

    Click here to win classic Tatty Devine Name Necklace.

    • http://twitter.com/RachelLovesBob rachel loves bob

      Ooh yes please do enter me [email protected]

    • Lesley Barnes

      looks lovely! count me in!

    • http://twitter.com/StilettoLady Anna Maria Tuckett

      I love Penhaligon’s Bluebell, this new scent sound equally good!

    • Goldie

      Looks, sounds and no doubt smells lovely! And happy birthday, by the way! x

    • http://www.domesticsluttery.com/ Sian

      Happy birthday! Thank you for brightening up my day with your posts and tweets.

    • Jan Kewley

      At least we can smell summery!

    • Rachel

      What a lovely prize. That sounds like it smells amazing.

    • jasmine eastwood

      Liked and following all 3! 🙂

      Jasmine Eastwood
      [email protected]

    • Geraldine

      The bottle is so ladylike….a beautiful prize!

    • Flick

      I just adore peonies. Even more special in that their season is so fleeting. Penhaligon’s – what an iconic British brand. Pushing all the right buttons, Wee Birdy!

    • Hiyakids

      Amazing! I can’t afford new perfume for my wedding (sob) so fingers crossed I win this! [email protected]

    • Meadhbhoconnel

      A little birdy tells me that it’s good enough to tweet! (or like on Facebook) 😉

    • http://agirlastyle.com/ A Girl, A Style

      I actually got to smell this perfume months ago before it launched and was instantly addicted and have been dying to get my hands on a bottle ever since (I was given a wee little sample that I spritzed on the silk blouses in my wardrobe, and they smelled lovely for weeks!). And *seriously* loving the sound of this launch at Harvey Nicks (yum at those cocktails); no idea how I missed hearing about this, but must try and get there whilst it’s on!

      P.S. You know I’m following you on every platform possible!

      Briony xox

    • Nathalie Taylor

      What a lovely prize 🙂 Have liked and followed xxx Happy Birthday xxx

    • ollierocks

      I love Penhaligons, although haven’t had the chance to smell this one yet, I’m sure that it will be as lovely as the others.

    • Katy

      Sounds like a wonderful scent.

    • Sophalina

      I wish I could smell through the computer! Peonies are my fave.

    • Claire

      I would just adore to wear this scent

    • Soniabyrnes

      I shamefully admit that the aesthetic of the bottle is what first draws me in. This one intrigues me. Keen to smell these scents (and see it sitting on my dressing table)

    • Mary

      That looks delicious.

    • Gfresh

      The bottle is devine and I’m sure the scent is even better!

    • http://www.sneakymagpie.com/ Sneaky Magpie

      Peonies are my favourite flowers, I have four different ones in my garden. Would be lovely to wear them too!

    • Katherine

      What a lovely prize! I love peonies.

    • Helen P, London

      Mmmmmmm. If it smells like it sounds it will be a wonderful reminder of SUNNY summer.

    • Rachel at rainbowvintagehome

      yum that sounds good and the bottle is beautiful.

    • Leonie Peonie

      Peonies with violets as well! It’s got me. I so wish I was in London this week….

    • Elizabeth

      Utterly DIVINE! The bottle would tart up any boudoir.

    • Norris2012

      Woohoo. Sounds like I’ll be heading over to Harvey Nicks. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Fran

      My grandmother game me a little bottle of the bluebell scent when I was small and I’ve kept the bottle for 25 years. I’d love to finally try another fragrance!

    • http://www.afternoonteatotal.com/ Natalie

      I always think I like “green” fragrances but I have very happy memories of a Tea Rose scent I used to wear as a teenager. Something about that English country garden smell is so right. What a fantastic prize!

    • Chloe

      What a beautiful bottle and lovely prize! Looks like it would remind me of beautiful country gardens as a child – somehow the smells you remember are the best ones – nostalgia!

    • Jane H

      Sounds absolutely divine. What treats you’re thinking up.

    • Fleur

      Oh my goodness I adore Penhaligons – so classic – – what a fab prize!!! Lovely to find you aswell!!! Thank you Wee Birdy!!!! x

    • Louvacher

      Oh Happy Birthday to you!! Being a florist Peony is one of my absolute favourite blooms so I can only imagine how wonderful this smells!! And Penhaligons Oh la la, I can remember the one and only time I saw the store while travelling I was overwhelmed with how magnificent it was like time had stood still, so wonderful! x

    • Rochellemara

      I heart peonies and think this would be so pretty!!!! You are a good gift giver!!!

    • Frances

      Peonies! Weddings and summer scent…

    • spark

      Writing to you from the heart of a cold Australian Winter and yes they do exist. Peonies, gin – sounds heavenly!

    • misselu

      Sounds gorgeous – I love peonies! Happy Birthday Wee Birdy!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tora.butler1 Tora Butler

      LOVE Penhaligons

    • Smitchy83

      Oooh, I <3 Penhaligons!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=765595532 Dee M Findlay

      .happy birthday wee birdy

    • mrsgriff

      even the bottle is gorgeous

    • Sam

      I have lusted after Penhaligon’s fragrances for a long time. Fingers crossed x

    • Sarahelliot278

      Hi, I’ve loved Penhaligon’s since I first read ‘I capture the castle’ – I’d love a bottle of their perfumes!

    • Naomi K

      Hi again! Happy Birthday again 🙂

    • Kerry Locke

      I wish they would invent the internet with smellavision!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/LadylovesCake Katherine MacGregor

      I walk past Penhaligon’s all the time (the Burlington Arcade and Regent St branches) and find myself wishing for anything from their store. Always smells and looks just stunning. Like Kerry said – they should invent internet with smellavision! The Harvey Nicks pop-up sounds fun.

    • Sara

      This looks like a heavenly scent! Follow on twitter and pinterest @saramama

    • Bernette hogan

      Summer soon

    • Cate Dubois

      Ooh I’d love a little reminder of summer in London. I do miss it so!

    • ringoslover

      Is there anything sweeter than the soft bloom of a peony? Gorgeous!

    • Lydia Mills

      I adore Peonies, Penhaligon and Harvey Nicks- What a combination.

    • Sylvia Leaver

      Have liked on Face Book and Pin. Happy Birthday.