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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In My Pretty Garden

In my pretty garden the flowers are nodding.
"How do you do?" they say,
"How do you do today?"
In my pretty garden the flowers are nodding.

These are the words to a song I sang in
Primary when I was a little girl.  I always think of these
words from the song, "In The Leafy Treetops", Anonymous,
when thinking of my garden.

Yes, I am in love with flowers and only wish I had more
space for them and that they would last longer.

These are the last of the spring flowers - beautiful 
yellow and purple and deep dark purple iris blossoms.

These blossoms are so dark they are almost black.  I love the
way the camera captured the edges of these and put them
in focus while it softened all of the rest of the picture.

The placesetting is simple today because I want to focus on my 
pretty plates all done in grayscale with just the purple flowers
in color.  

These subtle plates complement rather than compete with the
fresh flowers.

Aren't the colors of these iris blossoms fabulous?  The table is
strewn with the blossoms.

Just a purple charger and cream flatware on my favorite
outside tablecloth that is such a great neutral backdrop 
for my outdoor tables.

My amethyst salad plates sit off to the side.

Each of them is topped with purple napkins and a crystal
flower napkin ring.

My amethyst goblets are more delicate than some of my other
goblets so they don't come out as often.

I love this purple ceramic I got last summer.  It will be wonderful
for a salad.

It has a rustic classic charm to it.

Other little floral posies are placed in the pretty lavender glasses
my daughter in law gave me for Mother's Day.

I want to enjoy the out of doors as much as I can before 
the summer heat comes.

Posting with


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

So "Pretty in Purple", "In the pretty garden"! Oh Yes I love it too... I'm staying INSIDE today and the next few days because SUMMER SOARED in with triple digits(HIGH HUMIDITY over here on our coast too), Just yesterday we were wearing FLANNEL because it was only 60!
I LOVE your iris'. aren't they just breathtaking? LOVE that black one that's ACTUALLY the darkest purple out there. Looks like velvet!
Have a fun week "In your Pretty Garden"! Tell your SIS we miss her DEARLY and give her a Big Squishy Hug from "MOI"!
Big Squishy Hugs to you too,

Julie Harward said...

I have been gone so much of late, I have missed out on visiting your blog, and I do mean missed out on1 I always get a thrill at the beauty the flowers and dishes! My mom always sang me...Little Purple Pansies Touched With Yellow Gold...I love them even today because of her! ;)

kitty said...

What a perfect garden setting for you, Jacqueline, all in your favorite color! You sure know how to deck a table in such style.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your table is very pretty and the yellow iris are just beautiful-enjoy! I think our summer heat showed up today:@)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Jacqueline, what a pretty garden setting! The purple is just gorgeous! Love that ceramic bowl...the details are so pretty!

Lavender Cottage said...

This table is calling to me Jacqueline; I love the footed bowl you plan to toss a salad in, and the chargers.
The first two irises made me think of purple and chocolate right away.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is SO pretty, Jacqueline! I love iris, too, and yours look fabulous with those pretty dishes! I am the same way as you, I'd plant flowers everywhere if I had the room (and time)!

Hope you are cool there! :)


It's me said...

What a beautiful table your post !!!

Alycia Nichols said...

Beautiful, Jacqueline! I have those plates, too, and I think they are just the coolest!!! I couldn't decide whether that was dogwood or what on there until I just gave up and took a plate to the nursery for the guy to identify it. Ding, ding, ding! We have ourselves a winner. Dogwood, it is! You did a fantastic job with the table overall with that gorgeous stemware and those gorgeous chargers. The color of the iris is just beautiful with the place settings. Fabulous job!

Bonnie said...

Gorgeous iris! Your table is just stunning and the view of your garden is incredible.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Love the purple tablescape! Those purple iris are gorgeous! The yellow also looks pretty with all the purple!


Marlis said...

Your flowers are absolutely breathtaking. Wow. I love the subtlety of the plates on the table. It's just perfect. xo marlis

Mary said...

Beautiful! I have those same plates plates~ they are wonderful on your table paired with your Iris! I love the pop of yellow color mixed with your amethyst & purple :)

Tricia said...

Nobody does purple like you do, Jacqueline! Simply gorgeous! I especially love the juxtaposition of the dark purple goblets with the lighter purples. Magazine-worthy photos!

Entertaining Women said...

Your iris blossoms made me think of my grandmama. She always had such glorious iris growing in her extensive gardens. I can still picture her on her knees in her beds, working with those beautiful blooms. Your table is gorgeous...I think that you have the market cornered on great purple and amethyst pieces. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Linda said...

Perfectly purple Jacqueline. Love the plates and the purple touches make me smile. Your garden is gorgeous and I love the sign.

@somerskys said...

Just saw ur blog LOVE IT!! its so happy and filled full of ideas!!! looking forward to visiting this wonderful blog! @somerskys

Marigene said...

I am so happy to see more and more tables done in shades of purple. When I first started blogging it took me quite some time to find enough purple to do a it seems to be more easily obtained. I ♥♥♥ that large bowl, gorgeous!

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My Little Home and Garden said...

The irises and your table are just lovely, Jacqueline. Irises may not last long, but they are still worth having and enjoying.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

I would love to stroll around your garden and see all the beautiful colors you have there, Jacqueline. Your shades of purple accented by that gorgeous yellow make a stunning table.

CJ Foss said...

Great table all bedecked in purple, greys, and black. Your chargers are the perfect compliment to contemporary plates. Love purple and yellow flowers together. Thanks for sharing. ~CJ

Elaine said...

The colors are just gorgeous!!! Everything just plays off the beautiful blossoms to make a very elegant table!

Ivy and Elephants said...

I've never seen flowers this gorgeous, the color is absolutely amazing! I love the table setting and that flatware is to die for!!!
OMG, your whole blog is fantastic!
So glad to have found you, I'm following along and inviting you to share at our linky party as well.We'd love to have you!


How absolutelly gorgeous all your loveliness in purple is!! Your dishes are beautiful, along with the flatware; all in a fabulous setting. Your flowers are the most beautiful I've ever seen..SUCH COLORS! Thanks for your lovely visit my friend. Have a great weekend.

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! The flowers are gorgeous, and those plates are just lovely! Love all the shades of purple.
Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Absolutely gorgeous tablescape! The irises are so pretty, especially the purplish-black one! And your plates and other accessories are the perfect beautiful compliments! :)

Danielle said...

Your table is georgeous! The colors are simply beautiful and I love your dish patterns. The flowers are lovely and purple iris blooms are my favorite : )

Danielle xo

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Your table is gorgeous. I love the bowl, plate, charger and napkin rings.

Victoria Mische | Your Chair Covers said...

Everything on top of your table is perfect. I love the way how you pulled those stuffs together to make such stunning and wonderful tablescape. I am giving away my two thumbs up on this project.

Val said...

Purple makes me happy....your styling is always beautiful.

A Little Cuppa Tea said...

The garden is looking beautiful! I love the tables cape too, its gorgeous!

Gypsy Heart said...

The flowers are gorgeous. I love to have fresh flowers inside the house. My favorite aunt had a gorgeous lawn & flower garden and always, always had fresh flowers in her house. One of my favorite memories ~

I love, love the new ceramic bowl! Your tablescape is beautiful but I believe that's my favorite item.


Gypsy Heart said...

The flowers are gorgeous. I love to have fresh flowers inside the house. My favorite aunt had a gorgeous lawn & flower garden and always, always had fresh flowers in her house. One of my favorite memories ~

I love, love the new ceramic bowl! Your tablescape is beautiful but I believe that's my favorite item.


Sarah said...

Jacqueline, these plates are wonderful. I love the gray with a pop of lavender. Perfect to spotlight the real flowers from your garden. Perfection!


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