Flower Fix

What’s a girl to do when she needs a Flower Fix,

with temps in the triple digits

and there is nothing to

be had at the garden center until fall?

When it’s much too hot to garden~

and pots of annuals, watered twice a day,

are struggling in the heat?


 I turned to

 Mr. Marshal’s Flower Book

in the comfort of air conditioning~

Where I can pick a bouquet

from the pages, while sipping

from Helianthus blooms

on a glass~

And enjoy some sunflowers

from Trader Joe’s indoors

on a flower-filled platter~

I was thrilled to get an unexpected

Flower Fix

from an antique mall last week!

And find a 95-piece-bouquet,

ripe for the picking~

At a bargain price of what

the 14 knives alone

would have been at Replacements.

And the floral equivalent of paying for a single rose

and receiving 2 dozen long-stemmed ones instead :)

Oneida Community Evening Star~


“Alexander Marshal’s Florilegium, or flower book, is one of the most exquisite and fascinating historic works of botanical art. The only surviving compilation of flower watercolors from seventeenth-century England, it has been admired for centuries for its dazzling color and its incredible attention to the intricacies of a varied array of plant species.”

“A highly skilled, although self-taught artist, Alexander Marshal was a horticulturist and famed entomologist who believed the cultivation of plants was essential to the study of the natural world.”

“He created his masterpiece over a period of thirty years, and in the nineteenth century, Florilegium was presented to King George IV to be housed in the Royal Library, where it has been preserved ever since.”

Platter/Royal Stafford- HomeGoods, recently

Sunflower Cloche/ HomeGoods, last fall

Helianthus Goblets/ Anthropologie, last year

still available, here

Flatware/Oneida Community Evening Star

Beat the heat with a

Lemon Sherbet Float~

Lemon Sherbet and Diet Ginger Ale or

lemon-lime beverage of your choice~

Garnished with edible

(organic!) Nasturtiums~

Keep Calm and Garden On. . .

Indoors :)

“Exquisitely beautiful, the flower paintings of Alexander Marshal have a timeless resonance that makes them look as fresh today as they did when they were first created more than 350 years ago.”

– House and Garden 

If you can stand the heat,

you can dine outdoors with

the Sunflower & Bees, here.

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

Little Red House for Mosaic Monday~

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  52 comments for “Flower Fix

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    July 22, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Wow, what a colorful and sunny post! All beautiful pics Mary, I love the Keep Calm spoon, it’s too cute! Can’t believe they even had the crown stamp. Great plate and congrats on finding the silverware-stay cool:@)

  2. Pat
    July 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

    What a cute and clever post! So bright and sunny. I will be looking for that great book!

  3. Pat
    July 22, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I love, love, love your post!!! Of course, I L O V E Sunflowers! Yours are so exquisitely displayed. Now, I must go and see your post about Sunflowers and bees!!!

  4. July 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL thing to wake up to! Your styling is amazing. The placement of the silverware, wow. I must get this book. Your platter is beautiful too. I was just planning to go to Trader Joe’s for orchids. Shirley at Hospitality Designs did a post yesterday on them. Now I want sunflowers too:) That will be tomorrow as it is 40 mins. away and yardwork is on the agenda for today. Thank you for the time, effort and thought you put ito every post. XO, Pinky

  5. Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
    July 22, 2012 at 9:15 am

    YOURS is my absolute FAVE blog-site to visit with a tall glass of iced tea (two lemon slices, please) .. i dooooo want to go ANTIQUING with you someday! Thanks for all the lovely posts! I will be FIRST in line to buy YOUR book when you write one!!!! xo, frannie

  6. July 22, 2012 at 9:36 am

    How delightful! I love this post, Mary, and I really, really like your Anthropologie glasses. I might try to order some for us to have!
    I was so tired of leaving for the lake cabin on Friday only to return to dead containers on Sunday. Mr. Art @ Home bought me this watering system from Lowe’s that places tiny little sprinklers in each pot, and I set them to water twice a day @ 8AM and 8PM. My pots are thriving, and they are *huge*.

    Your lemon sherbet float looks *so* refreshing. Yum!

    Adorable post as usual!


  7. July 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Nothing like bringing the garden indoors. Great idea. I sure can’t go outside to enjoy blooms. What a find the Oneida Community Evening Star was! Well done! I’m going to go get some sherbet. It has been years since I’ve had a sherbet float. Fun childhood memories!!!!! oxox

  8. July 22, 2012 at 9:45 am

    What a great book and to center this interesting post around. The sunflowers are so cheerful and as always your photographs are perfect. My husband would love that float. I can’t imagine a more perfect treat for a hot day. And that silverware! Overload of great things here!

    Robin Flies South

  9. July 22, 2012 at 9:46 am

    You certainly know how to beat the heat. I’ll have one of those sherbet floats and enjoy that delightful book along with you. Sorry you are having to suffer through the heat this summer. I’m so thankful that our summer has been fairly reasonable. After our ordeal last summer, we feel extremely fortunate when yesterday’s high was only 100. Hot, but not anywhere like the temps we suffered last year. Being inside in the AC is a good plan, especially when it’s in an antique mall and one is finding beautiful bargains. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

  10. July 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Hi lovely lady.
    I love coming over to see your Beautiful post..You did a lovely job putting this one all together!!! I hope you will put more on in days to come. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Island tablescape. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend.
    XXOO Diane

  11. Pondside
    July 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    What a great find!
    I don’t think we can ever have too many flowers – they are such a luxury in the dark days of winter and such a joy all summer long. Why not collect as many as possible and make one’s surroundings a bower?

  12. July 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Mr. Marshall’s Flower Book looks amazing. You always find the best things from the book to the Sunflower cloche to the silverware, accompanied by that enticing beverage. I like your idea of gardening indoors!

  13. Bonnie morgan
    July 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Nobody can beat your design skill, Mary! The book is a masterpiece of beauty. Such a clever idea to present it this way. Silverware was such a great find. Love the way you displayed the silverware. So ingenious and clever. I could go for that float about now too! Delightful post.

  14. Bonnie morgan
    July 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Forgot to say: great cloche and floral plates. I love the sunflowers too! Think I will be pinning some from this post too.

  15. Linda Kemp
    July 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Loved this post as I am wilting in the heat of Atlanta. I particularly loved the glasses in pink and green. That book is delightful. We leave next week for Holden Beach. We are hosting our kids and grandkids for the second year in a row. Hope it will be cool.

  16. July 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Such a glorious post! A delight for the mind and the sight! Another beautiful, amazing share, Mary!

  17. Julie Harris
    July 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Oh I love your blog….your settings are so beautiful. I absolutely love the the silverware you found (at an antique mall!). Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us!!

    Julie from Michigan

  18. July 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    So, so lovely! It’s been really hot here, too, and everything is looking a little bedraggled in the garden… :)

  19. Cathy
    July 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Wonderful progression!!! Beautiful pictures!!! Wow!!! What a post!!!

  20. Vee
    July 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    A gal will find her way to enjoy flowers, though the temps are oppressive and everything is wilting.

    Wow. What a find on the Oneida set. You will enjoy so much.

  21. QMM
    July 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    How creative. It is eye popping. You sure gave me a few ideas.

  22. July 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    The silverware in the colored glasses is inspired! Very beautiful mosaic!

  23. July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Oh I love these photos. All the colors are just beautiful A very smart way to enjoy flowers and not work in the garden. Great use of china, books, flowers and silver. Clever tablescape!

  24. July 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Beautiful! I have mostly given up on outdoor gardening this year. I decided to do some indoor herb gardening. Hopefully that will work out better!

  25. July 23, 2012 at 1:25 am

    What a wonderful surprise to see Alexander Marshal’s book incorporated in your lovely arrangement! I have this book and discovered it while enrolled in a botanical painting course. He quickly became my most favorite botanical artist. Thank you for your beautiful photos and inspiring ideas!!

  26. July 23, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Lucky you!!!! The silver is stunning! Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos! Hope you & the girls are staying cool. HUGS!
    Charlene & Elle

  27. July 23, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Beautiful silver Mary!!! What a find!! LOVE that dessert idea…so easy! Will definitely try that one…it has been so very HOT and DRY here!! Try to stay cool!! xo
    Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  28. Valerie
    July 23, 2012 at 6:04 am

    A beautiful and sunny post. I loved the vignettes of sunflowers and gardening tools. You got a lovely set of silver. Love the book also with the amazing paintings. Valerie

  29. July 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    WOW I loved this post and pictures ….so much color and information and beautiful photography!

  30. July 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Oh how delightful!

    You really scored on that silverplate too- gorgeous photos, wonderful cloche and sunflowers and dishes – well done, so colourful and fun!!!

  31. July 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I love the sunflowers! Gorgeous post as always Mary.

  32. July 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Oh that flatware is dare I say it…sexy.

  33. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    July 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my goodness. Such a fabulous post and I love the sunflowers. The book, dishes and flatware are all wonderful. Love it all. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  34. July 23, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I had to hop over from Martys the minute I saw your cloche. I featured the same on in my link. I love everything about this post. You got your flower fix and I did too! Hope you get some cooler weather soon.

  35. July 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Your post is outstanding. I love everything you do.

  36. Liz
    July 23, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    What a fun post! I love your little sunflower cloche and the arrangement that you did. That book is beautiful and what a bargain on the silver! But really…. I want to make a float right now! :) YUM!

  37. July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    You tied the book in beautifully with the rest of this lovely post. I definitely want to get my own copy. Flowers have such restorative properties that even just looking at pictures of them lifts the spirits. By the way, what a shopping coup on your flatware find. It’s really a fabulous set, and perfect for a summer table. (Or any table for that matter.) –Lucinda

  38. July 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I love this! Everything coordinates so beautifully and is really cheerful. You got a steal on your new flatware. Congratulations! I know you will enjoy having it.

  39. July 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Love your flower post, Mary! Sunflowers just evoke happiness, don’t they? The flatware is gorgeous and I love how you tied everything into the book, the cloche, the platter, the goblets and the flatware.

  40. July 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Mary, stopping back by for a little sunflower fix. This is such a cheerful table, and I’m ordering a copy of that book. ;-)

  41. July 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I can only imagine the beauty contained in that book. Love love the pictures you sharesd. Congrats on the fabulous silver. I know that feeling well having found my Community Plate I had my heart set on! I can’t wait to see your new treasure on your table. Lovely post again! You certainly know how to lift spirits.. xo marlis

  42. July 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love your beautiful pictures! and your silver is gorgeous!

  43. July 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Since my pots of geraniums on the back porch are totally sucking it up, this brought a sweet smile to my face. Thanks for the moment of brightness. The botanicals are so special. Cherry Kay

  44. July 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    WOW, Mary! I couldn’t tell what was real and what was an illustration! What talented people you are–you AND Mr. Marshal! Great find on the flatware! I’m going to use the words compendium and florilegium in my conversations today!

  45. July 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    That was great! Very creative! Love your new find, beautiful!
    I wonder how I got those Anthropologie glasses for .99 when they are still selling them. I figured they were close outs. You certainly show them off well!
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish! I hear you on the flowers! It’s a full time job!

  46. August 1, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Lovely post. Must try making a “float” with the lemon-lime sorbet I made the other day.

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