Monday, August 27, 2018

A Snapshot of Container Gardening


Something's gotta give.... I know we've all felt that way at some point. Due to family responsibilities we've spent nearly every weekend since November taking care of one thing or another. And so the thing that "gave" was my garden. I didn't have the time or the energy -- the garden was pretty much left on its own. Spring brought the return of the flowering trees and shrubs which were soon followed by the dependable perennial show.
The last of the perennials to bloom

But summer? Well the deer ate every daylily bud the night before they would have bloomed (though you can see the ones at J's townhouse "here").
Hymenocallis sp.

I finally got around to planting some of the containers in July but the selection was very limited in the garden stores.  These haven't really filled out yet although they will continue to grow and bloom through early October.


Impatiens hawkeri

The concrete containers that hold the New Guinea impatiens are more than 100 years old. They originally belonged to G's great-grandmother.

I love the design and the patina that can't be replicated!

This one sits comfortably with faux stone planters.

I love capturing the intricate details of flowers! These almost look like orchids.


Evolvulus glomeratus

These cheerful flowers have graced the houses of everyone in G's family since the early 1900's, faithfully divided and passed down. They're plucky little plants, covered in pink.
Oxalis sp.



I love the variegation in lantana flowers, ranging from oranges, corals and pinks to vivid yellows, all on one plant.
Lantana sp.

These concrete planters also once belonged to G's great-grandmother. Love their rectangular shape and design! Thought it was fitting to plant them with her Oxalis.

Deer have been visiting the planters on the front porch. Why are my impatiens tastier than those across the street?! Perhaps I've missed the sign, lol.

I like the French-influenced design of these faux stone planters -- and that they repeat some of the motifs of the concrete planters described above.

I think the blue daze is about to swallow the hydrangea! I moved it here this summer which seems to be more to its liking.

We finally unrolled the outdoor rug we bought last fall. Love the bold design!

And it's pup-approved!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A Pastel Table with Turquoise Accents


August has brought with it high temperatures and repeated thunderstorms. I've retreated inside once again to avoid the heat and rain and to set a table that feels refreshing and serene.

I started with the placemats and napkins that I bought a few years ago. I'm smitten with their soft, pastel colors and thought they would bring a visual coolness to the table.

For a centerpiece I used similar shades of faux flowers in a pretty crystal vase.



I added swirl-patterned glass plates that vary from aqua to turquoise, depending on the amount and angle of light they receive. Sometimes they're more on the blue side of aqua, sometimes on the green side of turquoise. Sort of chameleon plates! Watch the color change from one photo to another.

Besides the colors, what attracted me to the linens is that they're a modern take on a traditional design.

Picking up the turquoise from the table linens are the vintage candle holders found in antique malls (the pyramid-shaped ones were used in Blues with a Dash of Turquoise).



With the table set, you can't see the beautiful center design on the placemats.

Light levels were a challenge for this neophyte photographer....

I used two sets of salt and pepper shakers, both silver, one Art Deco, one classic in design.
  

Contemporary glassware and crystal rounds out the place setting. The iced tea glasses with a blue stem were used 'here' and 'here'.



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Table Resources
Plates | Pier 1 Imports 'Alabaster'
Iced tea glasses | Schott-Zwiesel 'Conte Sapphire'
Wine glasses | Towle 'Tiara'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Candle holders | Homer Laughlin 'Fiesta'

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Summer Table with a Citrus Centerpiece



It all started at the grocery store. I was picking up lemons and limes to add to the iced tea that we love to drink in the summer. They were stacked next to several varieties of oranges.

The color combination was bold and oh so natural. Perfect for a summer table!

So I hurried home and set about designing a table featuring a citrus fruit centerpiece and dishes celebrating lemons, limes and oranges.

I have four of the salad plates, bought last summer on clearance. If you look closely you'll notice they're melamine. Perfect for summer tables, they travel between indoors and out.



I placed the citrus plates on deep green stoneware dinner plates atop bright yellow placemats.

Equally bright green napkins have a fun fringed edge.

Similar but not matching ceramic bowl and candlesticks complete the centerpiece. I used a yellow and white napkin as a base.



The candle holders were a nice find at a consignment shop. They're compatible with a range of table themes, such as Russet and Olive and Falling for Apples.

At this point I had yellow and green well represented, but orange lagged behind. I wanted something light and summery, not one of the orange tones you find in the fall.

And in the pantry I found a bottle of orange soda that's made in France. It's light and effervescent, not similar to American sodas at all. So into the wine glasses it went!



The small glass bowls go readily with the rest of the place setting. I haven't a clue who the manufacturer is or how old they may be. I just know I like them!





A fun, summery table on a hot day!

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Table resources:
Stoneware plates, bowl, candle holders | Bordallo Pinheiro
Placemats, green napkins, salad plates | Pier 1 Imports
Napkin rings | Crate & Barrel
Wine glasses | Waterford Marquis

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