Everyday Tables


As summer draws to a close, there’s not much blooming in my garden other than echinacea, hosta and hydrangeas. Happily there’s still enough to cut for a variety of small containers.

Here, the garden’s colors fill small sprinkler cans.

Would you believe the hydrangeas came from the same bush which has blooms ranging from the palest pink to the deepest purple. How does that happen?

Among the sprinkler cans are two little lunch boxes that I got some years ago at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Van Gogh’s flowers mix right in with the ones from the garden!

As so often happens with me, whatever is on the table becomes the centerpiece for a table setting and influences what happens next. Here, the mix of containers and flowers suggested keeping the surrounding pieces simple.

Though simple, there are touches of color and texture. As I looked at the finished table, I had to laugh a little at myself as I realize my choices somewhat reflect transitioning from summer into fall. The flowers allow me to hold onto summer, but what is around them indicates a subtle awareness that it is all but gone.

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6 thoughts on “Everyday Tables

  1. Marcia Fennell Gardner September 5, 2019 — 12:28 pm

    Love your using the small watering cans as “vases”! 🥰 I have used teapots in the past, and will borrow from YOU in the future!

  2. Lovely! The watering cans and suitcases are adorable!

  3. As always Linda, your table is full of color and texture! I love the petite watering cans and the sunflower lunch boxes, so cute!

  4. I LOVE the Van Gogh lunch boxes mixed in with the flowers for your centerpiece! It looks so pretty, and provides so much interest, definitely a conversation starter too!
    Jenna

  5. Fun centerpiece. We are getting hints of fall here despite warm temperatures. This next week is a big cool down.

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