Monday, September 5, 2022

A Touch of Provence

Monday Morning Blooms

I am honored to be invited to be a 'guest bloomer' for Monday Morning Blooms today. Mary, Pam, and Lidy are very talented floral designers that showcase their talent on the first Monday of every month.  Click on the links below to view their beautiful posts.  I am so happy to join them today!

The theme today is sunflowers.
 Join me for a touch of Provence.  I'm using a sunflower tablecloth that was bought in1997, in Avignon, by my mother-in-law.

The yellow plates were my grandmother's. I remember fondly using those at her farmhouse when I was a child. The plates are Rivera by Homer Laughlin made in the '30s and '40s. They bring back pleasant memories, and I am happy to have them. Gold vintage Fostoria goblets add a touch of fall to the table.

I used this same tablecloth back in 2016 in a local sunflower field. I had hoped to do that again, but it did not work out. However, my garden is much cooler than the 90-degree day when this picture was taken.

Limelights from my garden were added to store-bought sunflowers and placed in vintage olive oil jars. Sunflowers are such happy flowers, and sunflower seeds and oil are useful products made from sunflowers.  They grow here in the United States and in many countries and are the national flower of Ukraine and the state flower of Kansas.
 The memory of my in-law's trip to Provence and my mother-in-law's tablecloth makes me think of the olive groves there. The taste of fresh olives and a baguette of bread dipped in olive oil transports me back to our trip there also. 

Here are some fun facts I found on the web about sunflowers.

  • Fun Facts About Sunflowers.
  • Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
  • Each sunflower can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds. ...
  • Sunflowers are native to North America. ...
  • There are about 70 species of sunflowers. ...
  • The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet tall. ...
  • Sunflowers track the sun.

  • Sunflowers brighten a room and make a delightful statement in any setting.

    And since I have a large open area, I thought three arrangements would fill the space nicely, and I had three similar containers.

    I thoroughly enjoyed eating the props after taking the photos!

    I read this online: Did you know that in 1987, an anonymous buyer paid 39.85 million dollars for Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" painting? The artist originally hoped to sell the painting for $125.00. 

    I wish we all could sit down together in my garden and have a lovely chat.

     " Light enchanted sunflower, thou who gazest ever true and tender on the sun's revolving splendour." 
    Vincent Van Gogh

    I look forward to seeing Mary, Pam, and Lidy's sunflower arrangements. Thank you, ladies, for inviting me to join you today! 
    Click below to view their lovely posts.

    Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is

    Lidy at French Garden House

    Pam at Everyday Living 

    I had a great time, friends.

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    1. Bonnie, I'm so pleased and excited to see you as a guest on Monday Morning Blooms! Well deserved! I'm absolutely smiling with delight over your sunny Provencal themed table. First off, the table cloth is the perfect linen, and certainly special as a souvenir from your MIL's visit to Avignon decades ago. Your grandmother's Homer Laughlin plates from the 30s add another layer of sentiment. Your vintage olive jars are the perfect containers for your limelights and gorgeous sunflowers. I remember your table in the field of sunflowers, but I much prefer your beautiful garden. Your table for two look so inviting. I wish I could click my heels and join you at this beautiful setting. I'd feel as if I were back in Provence!

    2. Bonnie, your Proven├žal table is exquisite. It is not fussy, but perfectly French! What a treasure to have inherited the tablecloth from your dear mother-in-law that was purchased in Avignon. The Homer Laughlin plates and vintage goblets add the perfect French touch. The trio of vintage olive jars filled with sunflowers and limelights are the piece de resistance! I would love to sit at your table and enjoy food, conversation, and the beauty of your garden. Thanks for taking me back to memories of our trip to Provence. Thank you for joining us for this edition of Monday Morning Blooms! Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day!

    3. Bonnie, that is perfectly Provence as I would expect it! Wow, the cloth, the plates and your threesome of olive jars are just fabulous. I do remember that field setting, but your garden is truly so inviting. All that greenery is a welcome temperance to the temperatures of summer. September must be a really nice time in your garden, especially mornings, as the temps are cooler. Happy Labor Day, my friend. Ours is a rainy one.

    4. Bonnie, your blue and yellow Proven├žal table is perfection. It's so lovely that you have treasured memories associated with the cloth and dishes, that makes them all the more beautiful. Your sunflowers are so cheerful, they look very happy in the olive jars. And the limelights! Such a gorgeous combination. I wish we could all gather around your table in your stunning garden to enjoy each other's company, your garden, and any props you haven't already eaten. Thank you for joining us this time, it is a joy to have you be a part of our beloved Monday Morning Blooms. xo Lidy

    5. Bonnie, your table is lovely. I love blue and yellow together. Anything resembling Provence is so special. You are fortunate to have your Provencal tablecloth from your Grandmother. The yellow plates are so special too. I love the olive jars. perfect vessels for those sunflowers. A very happy and cheeful table setting.

    6. A stunning table in your garden Bonnie. Your Provence tablecloth, the olive jars and the details of your table is simply beautiful. I always love your tables as there is usually a sweet story involved. Your garden setting is lovely. Blessings to you.

    7. The last comment was from Dianne Sharpe (Inspiredbyjoydianne)

    8. The color combinations are so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

    9. I wish we could sit and chat at your pretty table, Bonnie. I feel like I just went to Provence! The vases with your sunflowers and your pretty tablecloth make me want to pull up a chair and have some cheese and a baguette!

    10. So beautiful, loved the history and tidbits, but adore your vases brimming with joy!

    11. I feel as though were are having a most wonderful meal in the gardens of very beautiful....

    12. Dear Bonnie, how I love this post. I would simply love to be sitting somewhere in your garden just absorbing each and every detail. All so gorgeous. Your vintage pots are beautiful and what a find they are. They look so happy holding the fabulous blooms.

    13. Bonnie, this entire setting is just breathtaking! It belongs in a magazine. The French tablecloth provides such a lovely anchor to your beautiful floral arrangements and place settings. What a treasure to have the tablecloth and pretty plates. I have so enjoyed my visit, sweet friend!


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