Summer Tables…

Susan DetjensPretty 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.

Hunt Club Dinner Rockaway Hunt Club dinnerTwo tables at the Rockaway Hunt Club on Long Island shimmered in the June evening with vases of roses, yarrow, stock, hydrangea centered on pristine white linen with sparkling crystal.

Susan DetjensThe 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.

Susan DetjensThe 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?

Susan DetjensTaft 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.

Susan Detjens

c Ann Vroom Lank

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.

c Ann Vroom Lank

c Ann Vroom Lank

The full moon rose as we were having dessert – a beauty!

Tanglewood GAla OrchestraThe Tanglewood Gala is a highlight of the music season in the Berkshires. Cocktails and dinner are in huge tents away from the music shed.

 Tanglewood Gala Bouquet of Roses Tanglewood Gala RosesThe 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.

 Gala FireworksAfter the concert, fireworks erupt over the Stockbridge Bowl. Hope your summer is full of fireworks too!


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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