Sunflowers on the Porch

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

A sunny repeat from the archives,

I hope you don’t mind a second helping!


Summer is slipping away

and we’re on the cusp of Fall. . .

I’m ready to make the transition!

I had hopes for a picnic with the

sunflowers, but it was much too hot.

Instead I’m enjoying the hint of fall in the

air with a Sunflower Picnic on the Porch!

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

And enjoying Archer Farms

Sunflower Honey Loaf.

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

I cut some grasses to add to a vase

with sunflowers from Trader Joe’s,

a blending of fall and summer,

symbolic of September weather here.

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic
Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

The 1 gallon size jar was perfect for a layered salad of baby spinach, roasted chicken, sliced apples,

blue cheese crumbles, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds.

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

I like keep small cans of pineapple juice on hand for tossing apples or pears in, to keep them from oxidizing, if I’m cutting slices in advance for a salad or serving with brie.

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflower bowls and napkins were ripe

for the picking at Pottery Barn last year.

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Sunflower Picnic Details:

Sunflower Bowls & Napkins/Pottery Barn

Vase/Pottery Barn, several years ago

Woven Chargers/ Pier 1

Flatware/ World Market

Goblets/ Anthropologie

Salad Servers/ HomeGoods

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Wishing you Picnic Weather as you

enjoy the transition of the seasons!

Sunflowers on the Porch | © #sunflowers #porch #picnic

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Metamorphosis Monday

  48 comments for “Sunflowers on the Porch

  1. Deb
    September 18, 2013 at 6:28 am

    I remember it!,,,:) I loved this one! The wine perfect…:) I need to pin some of these shots. Thanks!

  2. September 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Loved this one and I have been missing your porch!

  3. September 18, 2013 at 7:31 am

    I remember this, too, but loved seeing it again, Mary. Your attention to detail is pure perfection. xo

  4. September 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

    It’s beautiful Mary, thanks!

  5. Peggy Thal
    September 18, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful sunflower theme !! Love it all.

  6. September 18, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Good morning! Love the sun flowers! Thanks for the tip of pineapple juice. I always use lemon juice and that can be tart! Have a good day

  7. September 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I do remember this post Mary, and it is one of my favorites {along with about every post you ever did!} but I love to revisit, I always see or learn something I missed before~such as the pineapple juice for the fruit. That is brilliant, keeping little cans on hand, for things like this! The sunflowers with the dry grasses are so perfect for this time of year, and the salad looks yummy anytime! Thanks for the revisit!

  8. September 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I love every bit of this Mary! And that wine label! I am drawn to nifty wine labels…and wine of course.

  9. September 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I love seeing your porch again! You are a MASTER at stylizing, but then you should be:) Loved the 2nd look at this wonderful post! Have a beautiful day.

  10. paula
    September 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

    The picnic looks yummy, I will be stopping at Target to hopefully get a loaf of bread! And thanks for the tip with the pineapple juice I didn’t know that one!
    Enjoy your day!

  11. September 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    This is my first visit here – you have a lovely blog!

  12. September 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Gorgeous… My favorite thus far…

  13. September 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Mary as always a beautiful table and love you featuring my Kansas State flower!! PS Must try that wine!

    2013 Artists Series

  14. September 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Sunflowers are such a happy flower! …crazy about those cute sunflower shaped bowls too!! Great pictures and setting!

  15. JP
    September 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Stunning, absolutely stunning and that salad looks so delish, too!

  16. September 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    This makes me want to go on a picnic! Your sunflower vignette is spectacular… as is your attention to detail. PLEASE WRITE A BOOK!

  17. September 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Lovely…as always!

  18. September 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Mary, I just received my book “Gathering in the Garden”. I can’t wait to go through it.

  19. September 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Gorgeous golds Mary-love it:@)

  20. September 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Mary, Your photographs are always so perfect, but these are extra special. So crisp and sharp! Love the sunflower bowls. Dianne

  21. September 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    A second helping can be just as good as the first. Beautiful images, I am ready for fall, just started decorating today. I’m running behind.

  22. Pam
    September 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    A fun place to have a picnic on the porch from a basket. Your rustic pottery vase is wonderful filled with sunflowers. I like the idea of the layered salad in the jar. Have a great week!


  23. September 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I loved this post – even pinned it last year!! Well worth a second look! I never tire of looking at your beautiful work. Exceptional photos!!

  24. September 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Well worth repeating! Lovely!

  25. September 19, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Gorgeous! I have sunflowers in a similar jug right now. That photo of your porch should be in a magazine — simply stunning!

  26. Cheryl
    September 19, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Still lovin it!! Great to see your porch again, even if it is a repeat. :)

  27. September 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I love sunflowers and especially how you used them on your beautiful porch.

  28. Bev
    September 19, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Such a pretty picnic…beautiful in its simplicity. Lovely!

  29. September 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Leave it to you to get it just right with sunflowers! I see that your potting shed has become a new favorite backdrop for your boundless creativity.

  30. September 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful vignette…we know summer is coming to an end when we see sunflowers along the roads here in Kansas!
    Have a wonderful week, Mary…

  31. September 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    OMG…..I love all those mustard yellows!

  32. Pam
    September 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I want to visit your porch….nice.

  33. September 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Loving all of that gold! I could sure use a bite of that salad. Just lovely.

    – The Tablescaper

  34. Franki
    September 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Oldies are goodies! Had to smile…I ‘m using my “sunflower” bowls (“Wegman’s”) now, too. franki

  35. September 19, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Yummy and Beautiful!! What a delightful idea for a picnic on the porch!
    Mary Alice

  36. September 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I remember this sunny repeat from the archives very well. I wanted to copy it! LOL I never mind a second helping!

  37. September 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Mary, I really enjoyed the “second helping” of you post, because I don’t remember the “first helping”. :) Thanks for showing it again. Love the sunflowers and I’m going to the store tomorrow to get the ingredients for the salad. Can you believe I’ve never made it?

  38. Polly
    September 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

    One of my favorites – I love sunflowers!

  39. September 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Just right! I keep circling those jars too. This may be the push I needed. Love the setting so much. See my sunflower post here aboout China giant sunflower snacks.
    Enjoy your Sunday!

  40. September 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! LOVE the layered salad, too — you put it together beautifully. And thanks for the pineapple juice tip– never thought of that.

    Beautiful sunflowers — and everything arranged just right. thanks!

  41. September 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Such a cute sunflower display. Your salad looks yummy. Its so pretty in the glass jar.

  42. September 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Your porch is so very beautiful! Perfectly decorated for Fall! Your salad looks really yummy too!

  43. September 24, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I love how you displayed all of this with the sunflowers….You certainly have a great talent in all that you do, down to the last detail…Beautiful!

  44. September 25, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    So pretty! Awesome styling – I think you could work for the PotterBarn catalog!

  45. September 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m on my way over. :-)

  46. September 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Gorgeous sunflowers! Love this on your porch!

  47. August 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    There’s still time for a picnic, thank you for the lovely pictures and the suggestions.

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