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Dahlias and Tomatoes

August days. They really are the Sunday of Summer. The profusion of dahlias at the Market. Time seems to linger a bit.

Flower Friday honors not only the grand dahlia but the gorgeous tomatoes that are presenting themselves at the much anticipated time of year.



 

 

Sunday Supper Friendships

Friendship was a salve this past Sunday. We were all in a bit of a fog but breaking bread with longtime dearest friends was on the menu. The Market dahlias always adding happiness. The sound of the waves the music for the day. A big pan of paella by Mister Sive on the grill the meal. With 3 dogs each sleeping on their pillows as we chatted the day away. Giving thanks for our cherished friendship.



 

 

The First August {Flower Friday}

Zinnias always remind me of August. Warm to hot sunny days and vibrant to washed out colors like the sun has bleached them out a bit. Divine and happy in every way. All sorts of signs of Summer peaking and I want us all to revel in it. From the geraniums producing sweet flowers, to the celery at the farmers market that is too pretty to pass us and rivals any bouquet, to the dahlias that have so much stage presence that just a few blooms will light up a room. Oh and I forgot to post a few weeks ago the blooming jasmine outside our window in town, so today is the day. You can also see how much it has grown inside the window too. The apartment has smelled heavenly for quite some time. I wish you all a lovely first weekend in August Flower Friday in your part of the globe.



 

 

Sunday Supper and Dancing Dahlias

The white dahlias looked too good to pass up at the Market, so they set the theme for the Sunday supper table last week-end. They danced down the middle of the table in low clear drinking glasses. I cut the stems super short so the heads sat right on the rim. It can make a simple bundle of blooms much more significant. To me they become the focal point of the table. If they were massed together in a vase in the middle, they would be less prominent. These beauties needed to sing! Or dance! Or maybe both. Then it was about pulling a bunch of blue things to pull the table together.



 

 

Pike Place Market Dahlias

Summer is in full bloom when the dahlias start appearing in flower stall after flower stall at the Market. I can get a little lightheaded with glee over all the beauty. This Flower Friday brings big dinner plate dreamy dahlias. Believe me, I realize how fortunate we are to live in a climate where these thrive. Each petal a work of art, each stem a treasure. Have a lovely last week-end in July everyone!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 211

As glorious dahlia season begins, keep in mind, the simpler the better with these gems. Sometimes one can be so big and beautiful that it is all that is needed and a single stem vase is the way to roll. Or bunch a grouping of one vibrant variety/color together to create a showstopper.



 

 

Season Ending Dahlia Love

Flower Friday is a look back on some of the spectacular dahlias from this last few months. The season starts quite early in Seattle and seems to go and go. The buckets on my Saturday morning Market stroll becoming less and less. Such happy blooms they are, frilly and full of life. They might be the ultimate single stem vase flower, as most times a single bloom is all you need to knock your socks off. A big container of them all massed together, heaven.



 

 

A Season Ending Sunday Supper

It was a fiery red season ending supper table on Sunday eve. You know we love tradition. I get the same crazy beautiful dahlias at the Market each year for this meal. They strike a cord of both Summer and soon to be Autumn, dancing down the middle of the table for all of us to enjoy. Now you too! With a slight chill in the air as I write this, we welcome in the new season and relish the sunny memories of the last few months.



 

 

Flower Friday Dahlias & Scented Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us oversized fluffy dahlias from the Market and a big tub of scented geraniums from out on the island. As the Summer season slips away we are enjoying the heck out of them every moment we can. Both will show up on the Sunday supper table for our season ending meal with friends this week-end. Oh how hearty and wondrous and plentiful they have been this year. The memories of these carry me through the upcoming rainy months…



 

 

A Table For 6, A Table For 2

As Summmmaaaaa begins to slip away we are taking every opportunity possible to dine outside on the deck at WestWard. Sunday supper was a meal with visiting family. Last night, just the two of us on the Adirondack chairs. The dahlias, of course taking center stage at both. These are the times I will lock away in my memory come January when the rains start getting to me a bit. Those long sunny evenings languishing at the table, soaking it all in…