I’m at the table with Fleur du Soleil or Sunflowers, which say “summer” no matter what language you speak.
Sunflowers were for $3.99 a bunch at Trader Joe’s, impossible to resist for the price and the smiles they bring with their cheery faces.
Grown for beauty as well as harvested for seed, sunflowers symbolize the sun, conveying warmth, happiness, adoration and longevity.
I set a casual table for two by the lake, gathering favorite sunny blooms. . .a Fleur du Soleil watering can picked on a trip to the NC mountains several years ago, sunflower bowls and napkins from Pottery Barn, and plates from HomeGoods.
Mr. Marshal’s Flower Book is providing blooms from the pages. . .
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.
“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
‘Fleur du Soleil’ sunflower watering can / NC mountains, several years ago
Plates / Maxcera Sunflower Crown, HomeGoods, several years ago
Goblets / Hobby Lobby, several years ago
Sunflower Bowls, Napkins, Napkin Ring / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Tablecloth / Food Network Cascina Plaid, Kohl’s, last year
Flatware, Chargers / World Market, several years ago
Wishing you a sunny day!