Category: Flowers

Grape Expectations

We’ve been Celebrating the Grape and enjoying Bottled Sunshine during September in observance of North Carolina’s Wine Appreciation Month. Harvest festivals with serenades, grape stomps, and harvest-to-barrel celebrations are abundant with October’s arrival.   Taking my cue from the harvest events at North Carolina wineries this month, I pulled out my grandmother’s dishes~ Harvest Time by Johnson Brothers~…

Nesting Instincts

  I’ve been feathering my nest twig-by-twig lately. . . . . . tidying, sorting, consigning, donating~  There always seems to be nesting going on around me. . .  I’m long past due taking stock. . . . . . cleaning out & preparing for Fall with October’s arrival around the corner~ I thought I would follow the birds’ lead and bring my…

Purples, Plums & Petunias Alfresco Tablescape

While the calendar says September, we’re still having summer weather, fortunately with some lower humidity.  A teaser of fall-like temperatures are on the horizon for the weekend.  I set a transitional table reflecting the summer weather we’re still in the midst of and to enjoy the last of the summer annuals.  Petunias~ still blooming after a long, hot summer and some fruits…

Taste the Fruit

 The calendar says September, but there is still plenty of summer weather ahead of us here in the South and plenty of fruit in season to enjoy~ I harvested a medley of fruits at the Farmers Market prompted by some dish inspiration from HomeGoods~ My basket is brimming with pears, white & yellow peaches, blackberries, along with a…

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

I recently unearthed a quilt that came from my grandmother, that was tucked away and forgotten (translation: I cleaned out a bedroom closet :-)  The hexagon pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but it is thought to have been quilted by neighbor and friend of my grandmother. My…

The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper **** by Sarah Addison Allen An Edible Book Review inspired by Jain at Food for Thought, a delicious blog for readers with an appetite for the written word. “The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog…

Dining with Butterflies

I’m dining with the butterflies~ enjoying this book~ with its beautiful illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), German-born naturalist and artist. At a time when few women were educated or literate, and rarely travelled, Maria Sibylla Merian was a pioneer, and made history with her studies of insects in Surinam. Trained as a copperplate engraver and…

Blooms, Bees & Bliss

A few pink Rose of Sharon blooms~  Providing a pop of color~ Attracting busy bees. . . Buzzing from bloom to bloom. . . In a state of pollen-collecting-bliss. . . “Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement.”  ~Oliver Goldsmith Wishing you a little bliss & amusement in your tasks :-) Thank you for…

Soothing Whites

Gardenia blooms and buds are beginning to appear, just as the temperatures climb into the 90’s. . . There is something soothing to my soul and inner thermostat :) when I see white~ “Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The…