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Quiet Entertaining

Last week we had two couples over for a quiet dinner. It was a spontaneous invitation and there wasn’t much time to plan, so I used the simplest china, linen, silver, and glassware. For flowers, I found some pale green zinnias, seasonal and not expensive, and spread them down the table in a series of different-sized glass vases. The china and glassware were from Crate and Barrel, but the napkins were vintage linen with a big embroidered “B” on them. […]

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Autumnal Arrangements

As the season turns, late summer flowers give way to seeds, pods, and other floral features of variable textures – all of which I’m itching to work into more natural floral arrangements. There’s nothing like a few branches of ripening blackberries or a branch of crabapples tucked into a fall bouquet to make it pop. There are so many varieties of fruiting plants available now that can’t be found at other times of the year. The first arrangement features two […]

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Vineyard Tales

If I ever write a children’s book, I’m going to call it Vineyard Tales. I have so many happy memories from growing up on a grape farm, and now that we’ve come to grape-picking season, they rise in my mind like the syrupy fragrance of ripe Concord grapes. Every fall when the grapes were ripe, I would race out to the vineyards after school. The weather was still sunny, but you could feel autumn coming in the crisp breeze that […]

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Creating your own Summer Bouquet

Here’s a quick how-to for arranging a bouquet of summer flowers.    I’ve chosen roses, stock (matthiola incana), viburnum, and lavender because they’re available at most flower shops and the roses and stock come in a variety of colors.   I’ve been doing a lot of relaxed, casual flowers this summer, and it seemed time to do something a little more a la White House. In the first photo, you’ll find what you need to get started: a vase, scissors, and floral […]

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Farmer’s Market Flowers

There is something so honest and friendly about a flower stand at a farmer’s market.   You can imagine the lovely green place that they were cut from: all happy rows of blooms turned up to the sun. It reminds me of wandering around my grandmother’s farm, gathering flowers for a surprise bouquet for her.   I could pick anything I wanted, except wildflowers.  She showed me how quickly wildflowers wilted, and so there could be no point or pleasure in picking […]