I love wildflowers!
One of my favorite things to do is to walk the roadside and pick bouquets for decorating the table(s) for the Fourth of July.
Earlier this week it rained quite heavily for a few days, so the wildflowers were pretty beat up.
But, Wednesday, I went for a very long walk and discovered just what I wanted. Happy Day!
The next morning I went for another walk scissors in hand.
To my dismay, the massive scissors of the local road crew had come through and leveled my wildflower garden.
You should have seen my face.
I think it fell to my knees.
Why, at the peak of summer wildflowers blooming, does the road crew have to chop them down?
The first week of August, maybe.
I get that later in the season the plants will dry out and are risk for fire.
But, the first week of July? [sigh]
After walking out some of my anger…I kept my eyes peeled for some Queen Anne’s Lace.
Queen Anne’s Lace has been a perennial favorite of mine for every Independence Day celebration.
Nearly two miles into my walk I discovered some.
They were in a very narrow swath between the farmer’s rows and the stubble of the road crew.
And just enough to make a sweet little centerpiece.
As I continued to walk, I spied in the tall grass that missed the road crews’ choppers, a thin branch of black raspberries.
Perfect to make my centerpiece red, white, and blue.
Okay…the blue might be a stretch…but it works for me.
By the time I retraced my two-mile trek back home, my bunch of Queen Anne’s Lace had loppy heads.
I had doubts, but I re-cut their stems and placed them in a tall vase of water and waited. And waited. And waited.
After a busy afternoon, they still weren’t looking promising.
But, when I returned after some errands their beautiful white heads were standing straight. For the most part.
Feeling re-energized, I decided to put together a quick patriotic tablescape for you.
It’s casual simplicity at its best.
Aside from the dollar store placemats which had been purchased for the picnic, everything was pulled from the cupboards.
Don’t you love the whimsy of the “bobber” salt and pepper shakers?
Often, I will over think things. This time, I grabbed things quickly and it flew together.
Making it perfectly imperfect.
This centerpiece was so easy to create. I used the tape grids that I shared here.
I inserted the short stems of the raspberries around the outer edge of the blue and white container and filled the inside with the Queen Anne’s Lace all cut to the same length.
Then I grabbed a couple of American flags to complete the look. Yay!
I don’t think it took fifteen minutes to create it….and it still looks beautiful today.
You might notice that I have candle holders with stars and stripes candles in some photos but not others.
They were sitting on the kitchen island behind me and I never even gave it a thought until somewhat later.
I’m not sure if they make it too busy or not. Regardless they are fun.
And sometimes, it pays to not over think a tablescape. Yes?
Did you set a patriotic tablescape for the Fourth?
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