“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Hello dear friends, I hope you had a most enjoyable weekend. Mine was a little toasty with 100 degree temperatures in our Appalachian Foothills! Aren’t we thankful for air conditioning?
It is the third Monday of the month which means Monday Morning Blooms with my inspiring and flower loving friends. Our most talented leader, Shirley is not with us today. Her schedule is hectic and she is busy with decision making for her new home. She is an amazing talent, so we are all eagerly awaiting for her house to be completed and to take the grand tour. Shirley will be back soon to share her floral love with us.
Please join me at the shaded picnic table for late summer flowers and a special memento. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post to find the winner of our giveaway.
You remember my lovely friend and her amazing hydrangea farm…she just happens to have a cousin that has a flower farm. She grows so many gorgeous blooms like dahlias, sunflowers, and gomphrena that are included in my arrangement. Are you familiar with gomphrena? It is the clover lookalike with bachelor button flowers that thrives in heat and poor soil. It is perfect for a cutting garden and I shall be planting it next year. From my garden, I cut limelights, zinnias, and “lavender perfection” dahlias for a bouquet of late summer flowers!!
Our challenge and common theme for today is the use of a travel memento. Since we love to travel, I have purchased some pretties along the way. Can you guess the memento? I will share more about that a little later in the post.
As I was walking through my house trying to find the perfect vase for the flowers, I wasn’t having any success. Then it hit me, my canister set in the kitchen! The three piece set was ordered from the Atlanta Gift Mart at least fifteen years ago. I chose the medium size piece for the arrangement. Hint: always shop your house and think outside the box, use something in a different way…repurpose!
This photo may look a little out of place…Butch and I visited the Greek Isles a few years ago for our fortieth anniversary. One of those islands was Rhodes, known historically worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Colossus was a massive statue of a male figure built around 280 B.C. and destroyed by an earthquake in 226 B.C. It is believed that the statue once stood here at the Mandraki Harbor entrance.
One of the best preserved medieval settlements in the world, Old Town (Rhodes) has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was here that I found this beautiful hand embroidered table cloth. I pondered it for a few minutes and then decided it would make a great a keepsake of our trip. It has obviously never been used for eating purposes. But, it is perfect for a foundation for a floral arrangement on my dining table or to use for Monday Morning Blooms. I was smitten because of its vibrant colors.
“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”
While on a business trip with the hubby in early summer, I spent time wandering the aisles of an antique mall. Way back in a dark corner of the mall, I discovered these Johnson Bros “Winchester” salad plates with their pretty rope edge. They were reasonably priced and just happened to hop into my shopping cart!
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