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Ted’s Tip No. 158

When the main bloom on a dahlia stem starts to fade, cut it off and enjoy the little blooms and buds remaining on the stem. Often the tiny flowers can grow up to be equally divine. Then cluster them together for a stellar bunch.



 

 

The Gift of Hydrangea

Ahhhhhhh, the gift of hydrangea. What an amazing treat they are, brightening up any room. This Flower Friday showcases 2 gorgeous bunches that were gifts to us. The above brought in yesterday to the shop from Erika and the below (saddled up next to my dad’s pipe) from Peg last Saturday. Hydrangea have a lovely long lasting life, so these will be enjoyed immensely for quite some time. If you have flowers in your yard or garden, never underestimate the power they have for being truly special gifts.



 

 

Towering Dahlias

A quick spin into the West Seattle Metropolitan Market after leaving the island heading back to town produced not only a stellar shopping bag of food which included my beloved Poilâne bread, but these extra long stemmed dahlias. Each getting their own single stem vase placed around the apartment to create some crazy good dahlia LOVE on this Flower Friday.



 

 

A Favorite Number

A collection can be built around a favorite number. My tennis sweatshirt in high school had the number 11 on it. I was hooked! I actually still have it. From there it has been pool balls, platters, plates, dominos, random ephemera. The objects are sprinkled around my life–they bring me huge joy whenever my eye lands on a piece.



 

 

The Peonies Keep On Going

The peonies that flew back with us from Hawthorne to Seattle still going strong. The ruffly, fluffy goodness such a gift as we pass by the vase filled with them on the dining table. Quite hard to keep our eyes off of them while we sit enjoying our meals. The moment you open the front door the scent envelops you. They just had to be our Flower Friday blooms. A lovely, lovely week-end ahead to you all.



 

 

The Case of the Traveling Peonies

They made it! The peonies I plucked right as we were leaving Hawthorne made the cross country flight and are being enjoyed on the dining table at The Gainsborough as I type. They are our Flower Friday blooms of the week. Boy were those little guys ready for a fresh cut and a big drink, but other than that, they were serious troopers. I cut them and instantly wrapped the bottoms of the stems in a wet paper towel, then wrapped them tightly in a ziplock bag so the stems stayed surrounded by the moisture. I carried them in my L.L. Bean bag on the plane and they sat perky in the middle seat for the flight. Our meals at the table a fluttery symphony of color & scent.



 

 

Friday Night Pizza and Martinis 

Wine & Dine Wednesday has nothing to do with wine this week but it does about dining. I have written a bunch in the past of our Friday night tradition of having guests over for pizza & martinis. The above table was from last Friday where we had the artist Mindy Carpenter and her friend Kelly over the night before she presented her floral painting workshop. Oh the laughs we had! The post today is really about starting a tradition and changing it up to fit your needs. Pizza becomes Chinese take-out and martinis become wine. It really is about getting together with friends. Tweak the tradition how best fits the eve or group of folks you are inviting. I always set the table the night before or morning of so we can come home from work, light a few candles, turn on the music, order the food and wait for our guests to arrive.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 148

While you are waiting for your produce to ripen, in this case the melon, have it be part of your kitchen tableau. That way you get to enjoy the beauty of it all the way up until the time it is ripe and ready to eat.



 

 

A Singular Sensation 

Sometimes you need just one to stop you in your tracks. As the tulip season marches along, this singular sensation and the beauty it possesses was all that was needed to spruce up this spot in the bookcase. Absolutely, I swoon over an overflowing vase of blooms. But sometimes one just does the trick. Happy Flower Friday all. A lovely May week-end awaits!



 

 

The Gift of Lilacs

We were given these lovely lilacs as a gift the other day. My mind went instantly to setting a supper table for two around them. The Barbara Eigen vase would be the perfect vessel for the blooms which set the ‘green’ theme. Then it was just pulling things and piecing them all together. Setting a table is very much like putting together a puzzle. The only difference is you get to decide whether the pieces fit or not.

I had someone ask me on Instagram after I posted one of these images if we ever just warmed up a TV dinner? Which totally made me smile, as I loved them when I was a kid. We both love to cook so we don’t, but we do order out often. Even then, I like to set a table. The world and life has become so busy, I find the ritual of it slows down time. Then we get to sit and enjoy the meal, time slows even further.