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Mums, Leaves and a Lily

Flower Friday is a nod to the glorious arrival of Autumn and all the grandness it brings. The images from last year at this time at Hawthorne. We head there in a little over a week and we can hardly wait–where the season seems to be like a movie we watch change over the time of our stay.

It is a fun contrast to Seattle, where the season is much more gentle. Back East, it is a riot of color. It is not a better, just different, and we feel quite fortunate to have both in our lives. The below from the table I set for a photo shoot I did for Pottery Barn. The single lily floating in the vessel bringing a little yellow to the table.



 

 

White Lilies

Flower Friday brings us super fragrant white lilies. I have long had a love for these blooms. They have a calming effect to me. The white working with really any type of design and color in a room, so they compliment and don’t compete. This time of year lots of the flower vendors at the Market have buckets of them. They last almost two weeks with fresh cuts and new water along the way. I place them almost always in single stem containers so each bloom gets center stage. Then they get placed about. One even made its way out to where the elevator opens so we see one the moment we get home.



 

 

A Last Day of August Flower Friday

On this last day of August when the blooms are abundant and the herb pots are overflowing, Flower Friday is about some of the flowers & herbs that brightened my day this week. The morning after we flew back from New York I did an early quick grocery run. The lilies catching my eye. I scattered them about in single stem vases, their heady luscious scent we are greeted with the moment we open the front door.

The big scented geranium we have in the big window at the Market shop was bursting with red blooms welcoming me back. I loves all the diffused light it gets tucked up on the ledge for all to enjoy as they shop away.

The dahlias are still going strong and I could not wait to walk about all the flower stalls at the Market and choose a bunch. The above folks got to enjoy for the day before they got packed up and headed to the island. These were the flowers used in low glasses for our mix & match Sunday supper table.

And lastly, paying homage to the flowering herbs that greeted us when we got back to WestWard. TPS snipped off a bunch of stems for me to play with. This one up in the treehouse bending and swaying as if doing a dance in honor of the season.



 

 

The Year in Flowers

This last Flower Friday of the year is a look back on the last twelve months of blooms. Whether a single stem or a large mass, the beauty of flowers for the soul is like air or water to me, as I know they are to many of you, necessary on many levels. Here are some of my favorites I think you might remember, and for certain know you will enjoy…



















 

 

A Lily Flower Friday

I picked up a bunch of the most interesting color lilies at the little Pike Street & First Avenue corner flower shop the other day. Almost a pink translucent, like vellum. The scent heavenly, I dotted them about the rooms in single stem vases to spread the love around. Thought they had a lovely Flower Friday vibe to them as we head into the Holiday week-end. 



 

 

A Table for Take-Out

To me a supper of take-out deserves equal respect to a home cooked meal when it comes to setting the table. During these busy times, ordering out can be a lifesaver. Case in point, last eve, we had a hankering for barbecue. Our table for two using the English Wedgwood plates from Mister Sive’s Hamilton College days got things rolling, as well as the new Libeco Belgian linen dish towels we stock at WK that I like to roll up and use as napkins. We were off and running! A few pomanders I like to make in honor of the season, paperwhites in a pot as well as being forced in a glass compote, a happy potted fern, lilies in full bloom, the myrtle topiary in an old silver trophy–and a cozy table was set, ready to honor the meal.





 

 

Moments in Time

When reflecting on the tip from yesterday and trying to stay in the zen of the moment, my mind went straight to flowers and candles–two of my great loves. I think what draws me to both is they help me to slow down a bit, be present. Looking at a bloom or lighting a candle becomes a moment in time.

In the hustle & bustle of the day on Sunday, with customers swirling about, I lit a candle in a shop display. The moment so clear in my brain that time seemed to stand still for that second. The lily in the hallway at The Gainsborough and the paperwhites in the kitchen blooming catch my eye as I walk by, giving me a second of pause. To remember that time, that feeling, that pleasure.



 

 

A Summmaaaa of Blooms

As the sunny season wraps up today, Flower Friday is all about the blooms we enjoyed along the way. From the very last of the peony as Spring faded away to the bold yellowy reds of the season ending dahlias, and all sorts of goodness in between. Whether singularly or in abundance, this Summer was a stellar flower time for all to enjoy.





















 

 

Lily Love

Flower Friday is a little lily love. The Market stalls were packed with them, the scent heavenly. Such a treat to buy a few stems and place them here & there and watch the magic happen as they start to unfurl.




 

 

Blooms, 3 Ways

There are so many ways to enjoy flowers, and this week it included 3 ways that they found their way into our world.

Out on the island, simple but oh so regal and ever fragrant grocery store lilies from the Vashon Thriftway graced our outside dining table. 2 vintage blue Ball jars, each with a stem in it, and we were set.

Dinner at our friends Peg & Brian’s home where the first of the season hydrangea from their garden graced the table where we enjoyed dinner under the stars. Big treat–Peg prepared a bundle for us to take home to enjoy as we were departing.

And lastly, but certainly not least, the end of season peony. I am amazed that there are so many still around the Market stalls. But I will take it! 

Be it the grocery store, a garden, or a farmers market, may your Flower Friday include a bloom or two, or many…