Pretty flowers are one of the joys of summer tables. Farm stands and farmer’s markets add to the bounty from which to choose. Green and white linen place mats are a great foil for the hot colors of zinnias, tansy, and yarrow standing tall in cut glass celery vases.
The imminent birth of a son was celebrated at baby shower cum cocktails at the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City. Blue hydrangeas sat in green and blue colored blocks over clear ones filled with toys.
The delights of August from a New York cut-your-own flower stand include purple to pink cleome, cosmos in several shades of pink, blue ageratum and a spiky little button of a flower (name unknown) about the diameter of a nickel, best seen top middle. Anyone?
Taft Farms in Great Barrington has wonderful cut flowers, grown by Sue in the field across the street. These are two of her charming groupings – white cleome, white cosmos, yellow zinnias and a reddish-brown rudbeckia.
I liked it so much I ordered bunches of each flower to use for a dinner last weekend. The cleome is sticky to clean up and doesn’t last more than two days but I find it quirky and fun…plus it is so nice to have unique flowers only in their fleeting season.
The full moon rose as we were having dessert – a beauty!
The tables always have sumptuous cloths and lots of candles (breadsticks too) but the flowers are always very simple. Bright pink roses in various containers were centered on each table. The dinner is always very delicious – this year’s menu was a tribute to Julia Child’s 100th birthday.