Welcome to yet one more outdoor tablescape, the days are growing shorter so I'm taking full advantage of any time we can spend outdoors.
Lots of images this week, so I hope you have a moment to allow the pictures to load~
I couldn't decide whether to do a daytime or evening tablescape, so I photographed it both ways.
The setting is our newest garden, it's now just turned two years old. It is planted in mostly roses, clematis and perrenials which attract bees and butterflies in the summer. In spring it provides quite a show with tulips, daffodils and peonies.
Beyond the garden gate (pictures coming up) the focal point of the garden is a long sandstone pathway which meanders through ~ 6 large rusty arches placed several feet apart span the entire walk; both sides of each arch are planted with two pairs of roses; each arch provide support for these climbing roses ~ all but two arches are planted with some of my favorite fragrant old-fashioned David Austin English roses.
This part of the property used to be a barren, weed filled area. It is one part of the property that receives quite a bit of sun, so the rose and clematis arches provide welcome shade on hot summer days.
It's a really pleasant place to set up one of the bistro tables and chairs and enjoy a glass of ice tea, lunch, perhaps a glass of wine and appetizers, or a candlelight dinner.
This day I pulled out a vintage quilt and worked the tablescape around the casual, yet slightly elegant theme.
Needless to say I never buy roses during bloom time; these are from the garden.
I like the mix of casual lines and neutral plates with crystal.
These little roses are some of my favorites; "City of London".
I'm very fond of "everyday" dishes form the 1930's and 40's such as these cream soup bowls made by Homer Laughlin, 1945.
The goblets are from my first set of crystal when I was a young bride; it is by Rogaska, the pattern is "Gallia".
The candle holder is one of a vintage pair by Cambridge. I love the look of the bobaches with prism crystals both in the sunshine and by candlelight, too. :)
Soon the sun will set and I'll turn on the string lights which are hung up high on the perimeter of this garden to light our way.
The grape vines are now two years old; if all goes as expected they should offer up their first crop next summer.
Let's enter through the gate at the front of this garden ~ the arched gate is planted with the deeply fragrant ruby red climbing roses; Don Juan.
The fences on each side of the gate are planted with Black Corinth grapes, also known as "Champagne" grapes ~ though they are not the grapes from which Champagne is made, but named because of the minuscule size of the fruit. Maybe resembling tiny Champagne bubbles to someone who nicknamed them Champagne grapes?
Here's an image ~ the largest grapes in the cluster are about 1/4-inch in diameter; aren't they adorable?! :)
I'm quite excited; because as well as good eating, the fruit can be dried then used in baking; resembling black currants... I'm dreaming about cinnamon glazed cream scones made with these tiny grapes.
There is something about dining with candlelight under the stars ...
Thank you for coming by!
I hope you've enjoyed our little visit.
Blue Bistro Table & Chairs : Stonewall Kitchen
Vintage Quilt: My MIL *heart*
Chargers: Neiman Marcus/Horchow
Flatware: Comptoir de Famille, France
Dinner & Salad Plates: American Atelier; Baroque
Napkins: April Cornell
Napkins: April Cornell
Soup Bowls, Blue Vase, Candle holder ~ all vintage