So many plants grow easily in Maine. My problem is not being very expert about any of them. Take delphiniums. They are beautiful, but little did I know about how tall they grow. As I watched them mature, I thought it possible that I’d planted one of Jack’s beans!
The taller they g0t the more top heavy they became meaning they bent and broke no matter how carefully they were staked.
Well, I thought, I’ll just cut these beauties and take them inside. As soon as they were disconnected from their stem the blue ones began raining petals, but the lighter colors proved to be long lasting on table tops throughout the house. On this table runner, they were also the inspiration for a casual table.
It was one of those nights for a house favorite, fish chowder. Playing off the yellow in the runner, these plates served as a charger for varied colored bowls.
For salad, I chose these harlequin patterned dishes. I never tire of using them as they are so versatile and add interesting pattern.
Napkins are one of my favorite table accessories as they are not only functional but add a little artistic flair to any setting. This one is a simple accordion fold which when spread becomes a standing fan.
As this understated table shows, it doesn’t take much to make the ordinary special.
Now, about those delphiniums. I felt so defeated by their unruliness that I cut them down to the ground, but they are a very determined flower. Here it is September and they have come back ready to bloom and still growing! We’ll see if I’m any luckier controlling them the second time around.
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