It’s always a happy Monday for me when I join my blogging friends
for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!
You can find my blogging friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
By August, the garden is fading after weeks of 90+ degree temperatures.
I cherry-picked some blooms for a garden bouquet. . .
Limelight Hydrangeas join Endless Summer Hydrangeas, transitioned from
their bright summer blues and deepened to shades of purple.
Small pinkish-purple flowers cover the Lespedeza that grows wild along the edge of the field. . .
They add an wispy, airy note to the arrangement, joining
purple Verbena Lollipop, a butterfly and bee magnet.
Black Diamond Crape Myrtle adds a vibrant pop of red
in contrast to the purplish-black foliage.
Black Diamond Crape Myrtles are praised for their drought and heat tolerance,
compact habits, fadeless foliage and vibrant bloom colors.
They’re available in red, white, pink, lavender and magenta and hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
I’m weighing in on blooming dish and flower love!
A vintage red and white Chatillon scale provides pedestal for the ironstone pitcher of blooms.
Playing with dishes and flowers in the Potting Shed gives me a cheap thrill,
and way to entertain myself while staying at home.
Scarlet Posey dinnerware provides some cheery red blooms. . .
A pattern inspired by a snippet of 1950s textile, Scarlet Posey
is adorned with a colorful floral design
and bordered by a charming polka dot pattern in red and white.
I find polka dots and gingham checks to be an instant mood lifter!
Ball jars hold more garden blooms. . .
Hydrangeas, allium, hosta blooms, coleus, cleome and verbena.
Purple allium blooms are always buzzing with bees. . .
Seeded glass goblets add a pop of purple to the tabletop vignette.
Dinnerware / Katie Alice Scarlet Posey, discontinued, used here
Red Polka Dot and Check Flatware / HomeGoods, many years ago
Napkins / HomeGoods & Pier 1
Artland Iris Seeded Glass Goblets
Napkin Rings / consignment shop
Wood Chargers / Pier 1
Ironstone Pitcher & Scale / vintage
Buzz over to visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Happy Monday Mary! Even though most gardens are waning, you still continue to have beautiful flowers to cut. I love how the hydrangeas turn a beautiful color as we head toward Fall. I had to smile at your Black Diamond Crape Myrtle as we just purchased a pair of them in white this weekend. And speak of smiling, the place setting is a garden delight. Every time I see those chargers, I regret not getting them years ago! Purple goblets were the perfect selection coordinating with the arrangement and adding that additional pop of color to the table. As always, your incredible attention to detail and pattern leave us breathless. I wish you a most wonderful week and such a pleasure to join you today.
I was just evaluating my gardens over the weekend and doing some planning for next year. To garden is to believe in the future! Took some pictures and picked some flowers and herbs for an arrangement. Amazed how good the garden still looks after this heat. These past two mornings with cooler temperatures and less humidity have been delightful. Enjoy them because it is still summer here in N.C. Thanks for your beautiful photos.
Mary, Your combination of flowers and dishes is just beautiful! So many gorgeous blooms in your garden! I love your combination of purples and reds, the whole display is a feast for the senses. Thank you for sharing the beauty, time and talents with us. Jerrie
I love the floral and polka dots on the beautiful dinnerware….and the vintage scale!! Such a beautiful display for your potting shed! Thank you for sharing….happy Monday!
Mary, I never remember seeing the Katie Allen scarlet posey dinnerware…I love it. I agree with Shirley, I regret not purchasing the Pier 1 wood chargers. The purple seeded glass goblets are just the perfect addition to your charming table vignette. The ironstone pitcher filled with flowers from your garden is so handsome resting on the Chatillon scale. The pitcher of flowers on the vintage red chair sets a beautiful still life worthy of framing! I must find purple lollipop verbena next spring, it seems to be the flower that keeps on giving and giving. I think I should also add a couple of Black Diamond crape myrtles. It is always a pleasure to visit your potting shed and gardens and I always look forward to sharing Monday Morning Blooms. Wishing you a delightful day and stay cool!
Mary, I actually gasped when I saw your garden arrangement in your red chair! Such a stunning contrast of colors and floral material. You definitely have a green thumb! Your table is so cheery and happy with your floral dishes, checks and polka dots.
Mary, You set the potting shed with my favorite dishes! Everything is so colorful and your bouquet is beautiful. Love the crape myrtles and the deep purple hydrangea is so pretty. Happy Monday! Clara ♥️
It’s all gorgeous Mary! I love the deeper purple hues of the hydrangeas. Thank you for the flower therapy this morning.
Good morning, Mary. Your post is delightful in every way. I love a mixed bouquet of garden flowers and yours is artfully done. How pretty it looks in your chippy red chair nestled in your collage of pretty blooms.And then displayed on the charming scale amid the dots and checks. Such a happy display of flowers and dishes in your potting shed. Yes, an instant mood lifter. I too regret not buying those wood chargers from Pier !
I always enjoy MMB and you never disappoint.
I totally agree with the others that the deep dark hydrangea blooms add the perfect contrast to this white ironstone gathering of blooms, love it. Your flower partners have chosen interesting containers that we all should take time to “shop our own homes” for . Love Monday blooms, good start of the week. Thanks for your attention to detail, esp. your combination of colors and patterns, so over the top which is why we adore it. It will make me take a second look at my garden in the dog days of summer.
So adorable Mary! The flower arrangement is such a delightful and unexpected combination of colors and blooms and I love the causal feel of it. The plates are so sweet and retro, how did you ever find those napkins that practically mimic the pattern, so cute! Playing with dishes is such a fun activity and this whole scene in your potting shed immediately takes one into a wonderful fairy tale!
I would love to join you in your Potting Shed, I see you have 2 sets of floral dinnerware, and was hoping it was one for you and one for me.
Stunning photos once again. You have the magic touch and magic eye to capture it. The bouquet in the white jug on the chair is magnificent!!!!
What a scenic pleasure you share with us this morning, thank you Mary! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a deep purple hydrangea before, and the purple wine glasses…be still my heart! I love how you combine with red, new inspiration! Your iron stone pitcher is stunning. What a beautiful way to start the week…
Always love being in the potting shed and this place setting and floral arrangement is all that everyone says it is. Ditto to all comments above. You always present fresh mixtures of plates, colors, textures and exceptional floral arrangements. You’re the best! Happy Anniversary tomorrow Mary, may you and your hubby have a blessed day and more precious years to come! ♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹
Thank you, Mary for a delicious pick-me-up on a hot summer day! The flowers, of course are lovely, and that tablescape is really a winner!
What a nice surprise to see our kitchen dishes in your arrangement! I call ours Katie Alice , but will write the complete name in my journal! I also wasn’t aware they were discontinued. Your arrangements are so beautiful. Thank you.
What a wonderful post to start a new week – thank you :)
A very uplifting post!! Agree the dishware is the uplifting part along with the beautiful flowers!! Just love it all!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️
I never would have thought to use coleus in a flower arrangement like that! You are always surprising me with your ideas.
Happy Monday, Mary! We have had terrific heat for days, but finally a bit of relief today. Just lookig at your beauties is cooling and refreshing. I marvel at the hydrangeas and how they transform theirselves. Sure hope I can have some success with these new hydrangeas. I plan to use them in the new courtyard off our remodel. Next spring!!!
Stay cool and have a good week!
Oh WOW, that Black Diamond red and Endless Summer purple are regally outstanding against that humble red washed garden chair. I love it! That table setting in the mid-century style is a real eye catcher too. Reminds me of growing up and the colors my mom used. Super cute.
Love your checkered and flowered dishes, Everything is so happy looking. Have a good week.
Marion,Joan and Marilyn
Cheap thrill but rich in beauty. Love how the bouquet plays off the color of the metal chair and then takes on a different look when placed on the scale. Polka dot and plaid utensils, purple goblets, white chargers all so unique and different and bring pleasure to the eye. Thank you for playing in the heat and posting.
Such pretty posies in your bouquet and on your dishes, Mary! I agree, polka dots and checks always add cheer and charm. I had a Scarlet Posey mug and I broke it. It’s so a pretty pattern. Happy week to you…xx
Like a lot of folks, I was having a “ground hog” day bc of covd restrictions on places to go, activities to do, etc. Your pretty flowers cheered me up and inspired me to pick some of my flowers and make 2 arrangements. Thx
Hmmmmm, I’m learning to love magenta, pink and red or red/orange together…certainly a blissful combination with those cute dishes! Thanks for all you share, Sandi
Oh I needed this, been a wretched day, just to be awash with vibrant garden color is so cleansing and healing… We are in the midst of an extreme heatwave and then along comes an extremely rare electrical storm torching Californian fires everwhere, its overwhelming, filthy hot smokey air, sirens racing from fire to fire, and planes flying overhead for aerial support, plus we are facing rolling blackouts due to the stress on the power company, can you see how contrary your beautiful post is to my reality, heavy sigh of contentment… So glad I could see this before they cut our power, and a/c!
Oh I’m so sorry to hear this. I’d be so terrified and definitely could not survive without a/c in that kind of heat and with hot flashes too! I hope it passes soon and you get some relief. Stay safe (and sane if you can!) ♥
A very summery setting Mary! Your arrangement looks nice against the red chair too:@)
This predominately red post featuring your potting shed is making me smile this morning! LOVE it!
What a perfect August arrangement. You’ve inspired me to consider the Black Diamond crepe myrtle for our yard!
Oh Mary! I’m swooning over the reds! I love reds! And I’m so happy to see summer vibes still coming from your captures. I know it was a hot summer for many… but I love summer.
Every single detail is gorgeous! Thank you! Happy Day to you!
Polka dots and gingham, be still my heart! I absolutely love the colorful and joyful floral design. Look at that border, oh my heavens, my favorite polka dots in red and white! Your setting is simply elegant with a charming feel. Stopping in to see this made me so happy!
Have a glorious day~