"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sweet as a daisy.....

When you sit in the living room of our house, you look out onto the terrace. We have a table right outside the sliding glass doors. I like to decorate the table since it is pretty to look at from inside. I use a couple of pots on the table. I decide in the spring each year which flowers I want to use for the outdoor season. I filled my large pot with small white garden daisies this year and the small pot had a miniature mum in it. They bloomed so well until there was not a flower left.

Since the outdoor season is not yet over, I want to replace it with something bright and colorful. I found this Callistephus or China Aster. This flower was new to me. I have had the small purple asters in my garden but this blousey and bold pink China aster is one I have never seen at the garden center before. This flower makes me think of fireworks.

It is a joy to see nice things on the patio table each day. Just grouping things together make a still life. Our white daisies bloomed so well all summer but are a little tired as the season draws to a close but they are perked up by the pink explosion of color beside them.

While I had the little bird from a couple of years ago, I found this plaque this year and thought it would work nicely with the look.


Jenny said...

The flowers on your table are so pretty Heidi. I agree with you that it is very nice to look outside and see pretty flowers and garden accents. When I look outside my back door onto our patio I see Sweet Williams, Salvia, and Lantana. I especially love my little purple flowers on the Lantana. I have a little bunny statue looking at me, a sea otter laughing at me because we are about 1 hour from the beach, and my beloved hummingbirds flying in all day to say hello. Oh I do love a garden. I need to go and water them all now because today we should reach 114. Ugh!!!! Fall please hurry. Have a good day my friend. Hugs from CA.

Saskia said...

love the flowers. The color is so bright! only a few more weeks and then you can make plans for your new garden.
knuffels Saskia

Kom Achterom said...

So nice!!!

Unknown said...

Heidi, I love your blog! The birdsong is really nice. I turned it up and Dennis and I both listened to it.

Nancy said...

That is a really pretty flower. It sure does the job, to brighten things up. Both little birds are so cute. Very nice to look out on.
Love you, Mom

Linda said...

Heidi, I feel like I'm in your garden...I love the birds singing.
That is a beautiful flower, such a gorgeous hot pink. I really like how pretty the arrangement looks on your table....I bet it makes you smile each time you look outside...hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Both of your blogs calm me and yet inspire me....they are so enjoyable. You do have a gift of writing....Chris

DonnaTN said...

The pink flowers are stunning. They remind me of Gerbera daisies. You are clever at making decorative displays.

Unknown said...

Pretty. My flowers are looking pretty shabby. It's time for me to get some fall flowers in. Linda

Tone said...

Hi Heidi!
Back in blog again. I think.
Have spent the summer in the mountaincottage - many many weeks - no internet-connection at all...
I will try to catch up with your blog in a couple of days!
Hope your summer has been ok my friend!
Had a visit from Janneke and her husband - it was great days!!
Hugs from Tone

Reginas Cottage said...

dear heidi,
your flowers looks great on the table
i love the color and your pretty decorationen.
have a nice weekend,
hugs regina