Flowers for Mother’s Day and Lakeside Table
Celebrate Mom with flowers for Mother’s Day! You’ll find flower arranging tips along with table inspiration to create your own floral centerpiece or bouquet using both grocery store and garden flowers.
May is a busy month filled with events and celebrations, not the least of which is Mother’s Day! It’s also my favorite spring month in the garden, when the first flush of blooms arrive. . . how appropriate that they coincide with Mother’s Day, which happens to be this Sunday!
And as it’s the first Monday of the month I’m joining my blogging friends to share some floral inspiration and Monday Morning Blooms! You’ll find my floral friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.
I set a table in celebration of Mom and some beautiful spring weather. . .pull up a chair, all ‘Moms’ are welcome!
I started with my Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt as a tablecloth. The hexagon quilt pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I inherited this quilt from my grandmother, so technically, it’s my Grandmother’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. ;)
Hexagon quilts made in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern contain a center hexagon~ traditionally yellow, to represent the flower’s center. The flower center is circled by six colorful printed or solid hexagons with another row of 12 hexagons surrounding the six. It’s easy to see how this quilt pattern blossomed in popularity in the 1930s, as the calico prints formed cheery garden flowers that would brighten one’s day in a depression-era time.
To create a flower arrangement for the table, I started a white fluted bowl and some chicken wire to help support the flower stems. Cut your chicken wire wider and longer than your container, so you have a several inches of wire on all sides of your container to bend and hold it inside your container. I used some clear waterproof floral tape, running strips across the width of the container to secure it so it would stay down inside the bowl. Tip: Waterproof tape is designed to hold when wet but it will not adhere to an already wet surface. Apply it before you add your water to your container.
Add some floral preservative to your water to help prolong the life of your flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula. Now you’re ready to make your arrangement! I used some flowers from the garden to supplement some grocery store blooms~ iris, tulips, hyacinths and hydrangeas. Endless Summer Hydrangeas are covered with buds and I noticed some small blooms yesterday! It won’t be long before I have some blooms to cut and enjoy in an arrangement.
The azaleas are waning but there were still some stems to cut and use filler in the arrangement. . .
In addition to azaleas, I added some Knock Out Roses that are blooming by the Potting Shed.
Here is the finished arrangement ready to use as a centerpiece for the table. . .
Tip: Bulb flowers, such as tulips, hyacinth, and narcissus (daffodil) are heat-sensitive and tend to have a shorter life span. A trick to help prolong their life is to use ice cubes or very cold water in your vase arrangement. Also, once a flower starts to fade, remove it from the bouquet as soon as possible. A dying flower releases ethylene gas that will hasten the decline of other flowers in your arrangement.
Note: There are mixed opinions as to whether or not to use floral preservative with bulb flowers. I do, especially when they’re going to be mixed with other flowers and it seems to help prolong their life, along with cold water.
Roses are blooming on my great aunt’s delicate Limoges salad plates, framed by more flowers and scalloped borders of Mikasa Endearment dinner plates.
Blooming napkin rings, napkins and flatware add additional flowers to the table.
I noticed some activity beyond the table at the dovecote as I was photographing my table. . .
Mom and Dad bluebird have decided to move in and build a nest!
Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt / Grandmother
Dinner Plates / Mikasa Endearment
Salad Plates / Limoges, G. Demartine & Cie
Flatware / Oneida Community Evening Star
Goblets / Mother-in-law’s, pattern unknown
Fluted White Bowl / Pier 1, used here
Napkin Rings / Consignment Store
Napkins / HomeGoods
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their Mother’s Day floral inspiration this week:
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
I hope you feel celebrated and loved this Mother’s Day!
Thank you for your visit!
That table setting is so lovely…thank you for sharing!! I am hoping my table is as beautiful and want to make the Fairy Berry Angel Food cake for Mother’s Day. Can you share the cake recipe too? Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Thank you Denise. It’s not a recipe, more of a “method” for decorating a store bought cake. You can find more details on this post: https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2012/06/14/berry-quick-easy-layered-cake-2/
Well first of all I adore that quilt. What a delightful pattern and I love the colors. Your floral arrangement couldn’t be any more perfect with it! The dish pattern is lovely.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the world’s Mothers. To all that are lucky to still have their mother, you are blessed. I had the greatest parents ever! They made my childhood wonderful…never had to wonder if I was loved, never had to wonder/worry if we were going to have enough to eat or clothes to wear…never had to worry if I was still going to have a family? I know this is supposed to be about a Mom but my Dad played as big a part as Mom!! They did it together….and together, I miss them everyday!! ❤️💐🎁🌸🌹🌺
Mary, you have created an incredibly cheerful arrangement that is so beautifully coordinated with your most treasured Grandmother’s “Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt.” Your Grandmother has to be truly proud of her Granddaughter honoring her in a Mother’s Day tribute/celebration. I am truly fond of the Grandmother’s Flower garden quilt pattern as it was the first quilt pattern I learned in a quilting class I took so many, many years ago. I was a working mom then, taking one class a week but work, baseball and soccer games and life, prevented me from finishing it. I need to do that! Although your arrangement and tablescape is so beautifully precious in every way, may I say the star today for the Mother’s Day theme has to be the quilt…maybe it is because of it’s sentimentality and sheer beauty and envisions of your Grandmother making it. Mondays of Monday Mornings Blooms is always a delight with you all!!! Have great week Mary!
Amazing, simply amazing and beautiful, all of us Mom’s will enjoy the beauty you gals have shared.
Oh Mary, your table is gorgeous. You have a great view of the lake and your garden setting from your table. Your grandmothers heirloom quilt is stunning and you have equaled it with a complementary arrangement. I love the store bought flowers you chose but especially like some garden flowers added in.
I am so jealous of your new bluebird family! Great photos.
I’ve enjoyed Monday Blooms as I travel across Texas this morning on our way to Alabama.
What a cheerful table, Mary! I love your bouquet and your Grandmother’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt! May is also my favorite garden month, and this year is bittersweet as I bid my farewell to my garden. I will simply have to follow along with yours even more closely to get the thrills I so love. Thank you for always delivering that beauty.
Absolutely beautiful Mary! Once again your tutorial makes me feel as if I could create an arrangement using your tips for my table. I adore your Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt and your flowers coordinate beautifully. Your shots of the bluebirds nesting are so sweet.
I love that quilt. Absolutely beautiful. And the rest of your setting is gorgeous also. Happy Mother’s Day.
What an absolutely amazing quilt! The love and hours that went into making it are truly amazing!!!
Your beautiful Mothers Day table is very special!!
Although some of your lovely items are antiques, the whole look is springtime fresh
Mary, I also have a grandmother’s grandmother’s flower garden quilt that looks so much like yours. I almost used it for this MMB. Your table is beautiful with your Limoge salad plates and your stunning floral arrangement of garden and grocery store flowers. It looks like the perfect day to eat alfresco next to the lake. It is always a pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms and to start my day in the garden with you💗
Your Grandmother’s Grandmother Flower Garden Quilt is not only beautifully made but it’s so cheerful and your flower arrangement looks as if it grew out of it! So pretty Mary in your lake side setting watching the birds and enjoying the best of Spring flowers. Your great Aunt’s china is so delicate and lovely, you have not only set a beautiful table, but embraced family memories. I always love your flower tips too, I was wondering what the thought was on flower food in mixed arrangements as I knew bulb flowers didn’t like it, thanks~ I hope you have a sunny Spring week!
Mary, the world would be a much more beautiful place if everyone had ur sense of style. Thx for sharing ur talent!
Oh Mary, there’s so much to love in this table by the lake. Your grandmother’s flower garden quilt is such a beautiful treasure!!!!! How wonderful that you inherited it and can love and use it. The Limoges salad plates, belonging to your aunt, are so delicate, and look perfect atop the Mikasa Endearment…swoon! Using your mother-in-law’s goblets add such a vintage sweetness to your table. The centerpiece with all the lovely colors ties everything together so perfectly. Thank you for all all floral tips, too. May you have a wonderful week in your beautiful surroundings.
Thank you, Mary. Beautiful as usual! I love the quilt!
Amazing, simply amazing and beautiful, all of us Mom’s will enjoy the beauty you gals have shared.
Beautiful table Mary. The quilt is lovely and the story behind it…makes it even more special. How wonderful you have such treasures from your family to set your table. I especially love the bluebirds building a nest. Thank you for including this Mom in your table today.
Beautiful as always! Thank you for the information regarding the quilt. I have my grandmother’s quilt like yours but never knew the name. THANK YOU AGAIN! The flowers, birds and lake are stunning.
Mary, I have always been a fan of your quilt. It’s gorgeous! The colorful bouquet of flowers is beautiful and using heirloom pieces certainly pays tribute to all the lovely ladies who touched your life. Love that you were able to capture the pics of the bluebirds preparing their nest. Happy Mother’s Day! Clara 💖 🐦
Such a beautiful and charming setting for your table Mary! The quilt is the perfect back drop for your lovely bouquet, those colors are absolutely gorgeous. What Mom wouldn’t love to join you there at your table for Mother’s Day? It is always a joy to join you for our Monday Morning Blooms, friend. I always leave feeling encouraged, inspired and ready to face the week with a huge smile and a happy heart. xo Lidy
Perfectly coordinated!! franki
Your blooming flowers are gorgeous, they make my heart sing with hope, I’m in northern Maryland just waiting for mine to open soon!!
Thank you for the beautiful photos and very helpful tips!
Mary this is a beautiful and uplifting post. The quilt is gorgeous.
You have the most beautiful flowers. Our Azaleas are just starting to bloom. Love the quilt.
I love the quilt. We have a few quilts that my grandmother made. The flowers,napkin rings and the dinner set are lovely.
You are fortunate to have inheirited such a beautiful quilt! It looks perfect with the flowers and lake in background!
It is all so lovely!
The quilt is a beautiful heirloom Mary! The flowers are very pretty too… Long full day of rain yesterday, budding trees are done but the annuals I just planted seem happy:@)
Amazing centerpiece!Wonderful table! Happy Mother’s Day!
Absolutely love your taste in flowers, quilts, dishes, silverware, etc!! Also, your recipes add to each post, and I love, love your love for pets!! Nature is always a stand out too which I treasure. Always excited to see each new post. HAPPY Mother’s Day!!
So very pretty Mary especially since you are using your Grandmother’s quilt and Limoges salad plates. My Granny made a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt in shades of pink and I feel so fortunate to have it. I am sure you treasure it as I do mine. Thank you for the step by step instructions on how to creat this lovely arrangement.
So very lovely! What a loving tribute to your grandmother, such a pretty quilt. Does the shed still house the awesome pinkish antique dresser? I really liked the shape of it as well. Love this setting by the water and to feature the bluebird parents is precious as well. 5 stars Mary ! Happy Mother’s Day and may Miss Lola give you lots of extra love on that day! 🐾⚘🌾
Your tablescape is a delightful confection with the beautiful synergy of the precious heirlooms of quilt, rosy salad plates and delicate translucent goblets. The dinner plates perfectly echo the rose theme of the salad plates, as do the tableware and napkin rings. The piece de resistance is your perfectly color coordinated floral arrangement that ties in all the other elements. Simply magnifique’.
This brought beauty and joy to my heart!
Very beautiful quilt, so intricate in detail and a spectacular floral arrangement.
Mary, your Grandmothers quilt is a beautiful treasure. The dishes are just as beautiful and I love the centerpiece. Everything is just beautiful…as always!
This is a wonderful table setting! How easy to pick the floral arrangement to match the quilt. And the plate is my sisters china pattern. Looked so good set this way!