Saturday, June 9, 2007
On certain spring and summer Fridays when my garden looks its best, I reward myself for a week of diligent work by inviting a friend to lunch. After getting a sneak preview of the chapter that I had worked on all week, my friend braved the hot and humid afternoon to take a tour of my garden.
She commented on the profusion of blue flowers and assortment of ceramic pots in several shades of blue. “Blue flowers make a garden feel cooler,” I said, as we lingered alongside a clump of delphinium ‘Blue Mirror’.
We decided to move our French garden party lunch of champignon (mushroom) cheese (served on a swirl of hosta leaves), an artfully arranged salad Nicoise (romaine leaves, hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, tiny string beans, nicoise olives and tuna, apple thyme tea bread and chocolate mint iced tea indoors. Later, as I was clearing the dishes off the table (covered in a vintage blue tablecloth), I found myself thinking of the many ways I bring blue into my home during the summer months.
Blue doesn’t just refresh a sunny flowerbed...
it lends a fresh feel to any room. Go bold with walls painted nautical blue.
Even small splashes of Horchow's sky blue enamel utensils make a kitchen sigh “ahh”.
MY FIVE FAVORITE BLUE FLOWERS
Hydrangea ‘Nikko Blue”
Plumbago ‘Imperial Blue’ (www.logees.com)
‘Perle d’Azure’ clematis (www.heronswood.com)
Delphinium ‘Blue Mirror’ (www.reneesgarden.com)
Scaevola (Fanflower) “New Wonder’ from Proven Winners®