Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tennessee Day Lilies



Having just returned home from a family Florida trip and an Alaskan trip before that, I’m still in vacation mode. There’s a thousand things I need to do indoors, but I just want to play outside. So I’ll think I’ll do just that this morning and share my fun with you at Susan's Tablescape Thursdays.

Our yard is a sea of orange day lilies this time of year. They grew originally on my in-law’s farm. Hubby has transplanted them in and from at least two of our homes. They multiply quickly and take little maintenance. When a spot in the garden seems a little bare, we just transplant a few day lilies and it’s not bare anymore. Thus, we have a yard full! But they don’t last forever, so let’s take advantage of them while we can.

To work with my day lilies, I came up with "sort of" an oriental theme. I think the day lily looks oriental even though ours are as Tennessee as Minnie Pearl and blue mountains.

For my center table between the Adirondack chairs, I filled a vase with day lilies, of course, and some long stemmed grass out of the yard and placed it beside my garage sale find water fountain.

I draped a bamboo look place mat on the arm of each chair and topped them with celery green plates and taupe and gold bowls.



Tucked in a bronze snapdragon napkin ring, are a napkin, chopsticks and of course, a day lily.



I sliced a lemon on a bamboo cutting board and with it are old utensils that my uncle brought to me years ago from his travels. I don't know that much about them except that the inscription on the back says "Made in Siam" which we now know as Thailand.


Lindsay (from Peacock Blu) bought these mugs for us at our recent vacation in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. They are handmade pottery locally crafted.


It so true - "Something wonderful happens in summer when the sky is a heavenly blue."
~Frank Sinatra

43 comments:

Brenda said...

Yes, wonderful things do happen when the sky is so very blue, I think, though I'd never heard that quote from him. I really like this Asian motif-type theme. They have that "tranquil" look down! And my favorite part were the dragonflies!
Brenda

Mary said...

That orange is just an incredible color. Thank you for sharing your lovely photos with us. Have a wonderful day.

Marina Capano said...

Hi! you have so nice blog! I love it!
what a just beautiful pictures!

xoxo

Marina

marmielu said...

Everything looks so pretty. I especially like the daylillies arranged in the vase. Very nice.
Mary Lou

Kammy said...

I am loving your tablescape ! Love the dragonflies !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Mama said...

Hello Marsha, your orange daylilies are just gorgeous. I love your warm and inviting tablescape perfect for a sunny afternoon, happy days, Kathy.

Laura said...

Everything looks wonderful. I love the orange color of the lilies. I need those next year.

Enjoyed visiting,

Laura

ceekay said...

I love the color orange and your daylilies are wonderful. Those napkin rings are sooo cute!

Linda said...

Very exotic and fresh - beautiful photography! Linda

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, your daylilies are beautiful! And what a lovely table. Those dragonfly napkin rings are gorgeous!

Kathy said...

Beautiful... Asian tablescape...Don't you wish those sweet day lilie's lasted longer then a day.. Then we could call them " Week Lilie's " or "Month Lilie's" Ha! Beautiful..., xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Maya said...

How wonderful summery your seating area looks..., I love your "sea" of orange! Also I have moved my blog A Beach House Dream to A Beach Lovers Place..., I would be delighted if you joined/followed me there (again).
So long.

Maya said...

Oh, I'm sorry..., my Tablescape is at Completely Coastal, so this is the link.

The Tablescaper said...

Just makes you want to plop down in one of those adirondake chairs and enjoy! So glad you didn't worry about those post vacation things like unpacking - you can always do that later - and we wouldn't have gotten to see your lovely "chairscape"?!!? Come visit - The Tablescaper

Shelia said...

So lovely and what a gorgeous setting outdoors!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Stylish House said...

Hi Marsha,
Your Asian arrangement is a lovely composition. The dragonfly front and center adds the perfect finishing touch. Your sitting area looks so inviting and relaxing. The perfect place to enjoy a few hours on a summer afternoon.
Cathy

marty39 said...

Oh, I love iced tea in a big thick mug, it always stays so cold. Love the daylillies and the dragonfly napkin rings are stunning. Hugs, Marty

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is so creative! I love the presentation, the way you draped the placemat over the arm of the chair, etc. The lily on the top of the bowl is just beautiful! Great job!

I just returned from vacation too and can't get going to do a new tablescape (or anything!)Hopefully by next week I can participate!

Katherine

ellen b said...

Oh so lovely. What a great setting for a nice treat!! I love your extra touches...

Cathy said...

Oh...I love this!!! Orange is one of my favorite colors so this just speaks to me!!! I love the Asian influence...just lovely!!! The vintage utensils are gorgeous...your photos perfection!!! I love it...love it...love it!!!

Happy Tablescape Thursday!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Michelle said...

I like this Marsha! I love the lillies and the silverware looks amazing, I wonder what stories they could tell! I love the pottery mugs too, there's just something about homemade!

printersdevil said...

Beautiful day lilies. I love the orange and your setting is wonderful.

Michelle said...

Beautiful orange daylillies, cute dragon fly...happy OW.

Really Rainey said...

I love how you "tablescaped" the chairs! Beautiful post and always, beautiful photos!
Have a good rest of the week!
~Really Rainey~

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Thanks so much for stopping by...
Your blog is lovely.

TTFN~~Claudia

Kim said...

I love this! I really like the dragonfly napkin rings & the Siam silverware. The flowers are just beautiful.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

What a wonderfully tranquil setting! I particularly loves the dragonflies and the touch of orange.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Tina

Martha said...

A great Asian theme -- I love the daylilies too -- the only orange flower in Linderhof's gardens.

Blue Creek Home said...

Thanks for visiting BCH. I'm less than 3 weeks old there and I am loving it. I will be back often.
Rhonda

Tracie said...

This is so pretty! I love those dragonfly napkin rings.....I have a thing for pottery style dishes too...would love to sip some coffee out of those beautiful mugs...

Jean said...

Very nice! You just can't beat daylilies for a backdrop, can you? They are such a beautiful and easy to grow plant.Have a wonderful dfay in your gorgeous garden.
Jean in Virginia

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

I really love this! Everything goes together perfectly, I love dragon flys and day lilly's, looks so relaxing! :O)

Dana and Daisy said...

I would love to have some of those Tennessee liliies naturalized at the cabin! very relaxing and enjoyable tablescape! love it!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just loved this my friend...those napkins rings are just darling...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Marsha, this is so pretty....just love the colors.

Barb

Janie's World said...

This is so pretty, I love the daylillies with the dragonfly napkin rings. Such a beautiful little spot to enjoy yourself.

Allidink said...

Very nice! I love the vintage look to the silverware :)

All the best,
Allison

Barbara said...

Very Nice.

Southerncook said...

Love the idea of setting up a tablesetting on your Adirondack chairs. I have white Adirondack chairs too and that would be a great place to have dinner some evening. I am in N FL so that will be in the Fall when we cool a little and get rid of some of the mosquitos. I appreciate the idea though.

Those daylilies are a very old variety. They are beautiful. I have some daylilies that came from my great grandmothers garden and I cherish them. They are also orange and thats not my usual color scheme for my garden but because of where they came from they are staying.

I enjoyed your post.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

niartist said...

Oh - this is lovely Marsha. I love the orange daylilies ... and you're right - they multiply like crazy! We have them up and down our little street here. Someone got them, and then all of a sudden - everyone had them. I have to tell you though - the way you have them here, and the artistic quality of your photography - impeccable, simply divine. Great job. I'm now a dedicated follower.

Kathleen said...

Lovely pics! I enjoyed your post..

Maria Killam said...

Love your unusual tablescape on the arm of the chair! Wonderful!

Liz said...

Lovely setting! I love the napkin rings too. Very relaxing!

~Liz