Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lunch with Violets and Irises

Lavender and lilac, violet and amethyst. Spring comes with so many lovely shades of purple. This week irises began to bloom in my garden and I couldn't resist bringing them inside!



I love how this variety of bearded iris, named for the orange tuft of short upright extensions growing in its midline (part of the stamen), has such velvety sepals, often referred to as "falls". They are a deep purple, surmounted by soft lilac standards.

I placed the irises and leaves from nearby plants in a green bubble vase that G bought ages ago.

Now I had a gorgeous centerpiece, but what to put with it for an informal lunch? Violets of course!


Subtle shading really brings the violets to life on plates from the 1940's.


The green of the contemporary glass chargers enhances the greens of the stems and leaves. Lavender napkins in a simple fold and elegant goblets in amethyst add to the chorus of purples without overwhelming the place setting.


Underneath it all is an exquisite Irish linen tablecloth dating from the early 1900's.


Hand embroidered and crocheted, it was found in London and brought to Georgia by an Irish emigre who specializes in antique linens.




The items I've used span more than 100 years, but I think they are comfortably compatible.


Perhaps the overall effect tends toward the delicate -- and yet the chargers and irises are anything but.


I haven't settled on the menu, but chocolate truffles will be served on this charming tidbit plate.


The garden inside. What better setting for lunch?



Thanks for stopping by!!

Resources
Charger | Fitz and Floyd, used here
Plates | Rossetti 'Spring Violets'
Stemware | Fostoria 'Classic-Amethyst'
Napkins | Lenox 'French Perle'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
The April Garden

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tulips for Easter

Spring is a riot of colors after winter's drab cloak! To bring the look inside, I set the table for Easter brunch with flowers.



I added swans frolicking in tulips of several colors.




I used a flower-drenched table runner in pastels that came home with me last year.


And in the center are various shades of pink faux tulips in a vintage vase. I had wanted to use tulips from the yard, but the only ones that have bloomed so far served as a midnight snack for the deer that visit several nights a week! These certainly reflect the exuberance of spring in the landscape.


I wanted the plate stack to capture the greens, blues and yellows of spring. The dinner plates and silverware are our wedding patterns, which we both still love. A friend gave me the lovely dessert plates that are topped with antique sherbet glasses in a softer blue (which I also used here).


I think the cutwork and embroidery on the napkins mimic irises. I had sent them to the cleaners so they are a bit crisper than usual!


I just had to use these hand-crafted pewter salt cellars that I bought at the recent American Craft Council show. The first is a flower pod, the second a ginkgo leaf. I love that the spoons are small twigs.



I often decorate the buffet in the same theme as the table. In the center I placed a gorgeous swan tureen, flanked by faux tulips that I had found last month.



A different setting, a different arrangement - I always try to use what I have in different ways.



I have had the swans for more than 20 years, and always showcase them in the spring.


I think this table would be festive for any brunch or dinner in spring!



Happy Easter!

Resources
Table runner | Crate & Barrel
Chargers, tureen, candle holders |  Fitz and Floyd
Dinner plates | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Dessert plates | Wedgwood 'April Beaded'
Sherbet glasses | Cambridge 'Moonlight Blue'
Mimosa flutes | Marquis by Waterford 'Hanover Gold'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Garden in Spring

Spring has arrived! Weeks earlier than usual, and with a sudden freeze catching the early bloomers, but here nonetheless!

Azaleas - before the freeze decimated their blossoms



A native azalea's flower shape is complex


 Japanese irises reaching for the sun in front of a Nandina


The last of the daffodils and hyacinths, backlit by the setting sun


Dogwoods seem to float against the Cryptomeria


Several Clematis in bloom by the deck caught me by surprise




Hardy cherry red tulips in pots defy the deer and bunnies


And in the front are the summer flowers to come


 I hope spring comes to your gardens soon! The earliest flowers of spring can be found here.

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