After historical rains here in Seattle, we finally had some dry and warm weather. I was able to get outside in the garden and do some major spring clean-up. The wet and dark winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest leaves a green film on everything outside, so I cleaned and pressure washed the patio. My daughter and I also made a trip to the Seattle Tilth spring edible plant sale and picked up all of our vegetable starts. We amended the raised beds, and planted all of our summer vegetables. After several days of hard work, we celebrated with a lovely evening dinner in the garden last night. Using many items that were thrifted, repurposed, and DIY’d, I set the table with a French Farmhouse theme in mind.
I made the farmhouse table last year, and it is holding up beautifully. We left it outside all winter under a cover, and all it needed was a quick wash. You can see how I made the table here.
Hydrangeas are a favorite of mine. Each spring I add at least one more to the garden (I’ve killed a few, I hate to admit). These are “Endless Summer” and they are a pretty soft blue. For now, I am enjoying them in the simple galvanized bucket.
The tall wood candle holders add a bit of height and drama to the table.
The blue chicken coop and a vintage Schwinn bicycle sit in the opposite corner of the garden. The clematis Jackmanii is just starting to sprint up the trellis on the fence. It’s a vigorous grower and in a month or so, that bare trellis will be covered with an abundance of purple flowers.
I found the most fragrant lavender at Lowes, and planted several in my garden this year. It’s an English Lavender called “Mini Blue.” They stay quite small which is great for a space challenged garden like mine, or if you want to squeeze in a few more. Lavender also attracts bees, so I plant it near the vegetable garden to help with pollination.
The (affiliate link) Laguiole Blue Steak Knives add a bit of color to the table, and are extremely sharp. Notice the little bee on the top where your index finger rests when cutting. They come in several colors, too, but I’m partial to the blue.
I set the table with simple thrifted white plates, IKEA wine glasses, and DIY ticking napkins. At each setting, I placed a piece of rustic baguette wrapped in bakery paper, twine and a couple sprigs of dried lavender.
I filled a couple of vintage milk bottles with sage from my garden and grocery store roses. The clear votive is a repurposed french yogurt pot filled with dried lavender buds and a tea light.
A couple of years ago, my family and I took a special vacation to Paris. We stayed in a lovely old flat in the Le Marais district with an abundance of cafes, shops, etc all nearby. One of our many wonderful discoveries was the delicious french yogurt. My favorite was La Fermiere and it came in beautiful glazed terra cotta pots. I saved several of the little lavender pots as souvenirs, and used them for DIY soy candles. I lit them before dinner at dusk, and they created a pretty ambiance.
My sweet Sadie loved helping me set the table for what was truly a special family evening.
Thanks so much for touring my garden table. Have a great weekend!
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