5 October 2011

Last of the Summer Wine



The heat wave and Indian summer last week brought out the summer clothes and the cool drinks in the garden.
Well, it only lasted for a few days and soon everything will be back to normal.
It will not be long now that the warm socks will come out, winter duvet on the bed and central heating on.
It actually sounds quite cosy.


In the mean time lets enjoy a few images from warmer days.
I put some gorgeous white and pink Snapdragons in an old white jar and put a pink bow around the top. The lid to the jar is missing and it has a chip on the bottom but I like it anyway.
The botanical name for snapdragon is Antirrhinum from the Greek for nose or snout in allusion that it looks like a snout of a dragon. The name Snapdragon comes from the fact that when you press the sides of the flower it opens up like a dragons mouth and when you let go it snaps shut.
Snapdragons are relatively easy to grow and lasts for for about 7-10 days as a cut flower.
Sarah Raven sells seeds.

I used a small pink quilt as table cloth and my usual peeling old door as backdrop.


The cooling drink in the glass and jug is elder flower cordial. It is one of my favorites and with added strawberries and mint, who could resist on a hot day.


The added additions of fresh strawberries and green mint leaves makes it look lovely and colourful.
Served on a pretty floral vintage plate adds some extra colour.



This is the closest I have ever gotten to owning a cat. I think he/she is rather sweet but maybe a bit too much for most people. I have to admit that I own a collection of small animals similar to this. They are all perched in a row on a brick wall in the garden.
Oh, dear what ever happened to my Scandinavian minimal roots? 


Have a joyful day!

Lots of love,

xoxo Ingrid

23 comments:

Robin Larkspur said...

Lovely table setting; the kittie is cute!

Flitiga Lisa said...

Mysig blogg du har. Jag tar mig friheten att skriva på svenska.

Elephant's Eye said...

I imagine your little cat - stone or pottery? - looking quite at home on his brick wall ;~)

Ann, aka Amateur Bot-ann-ist said...

What a beautiful scene and I love the cat too. I have never seen one quite like it.

SWEDISH HOUSE said...

Hej Ingrid

You really have conjured up summer ;-) elderflower saft & strawberries too!
The snow is coming to Sweden...winter tyres on went on Monday, we are prepared.
LOVE PEACE enJOY
Julie
x

Rosabears said...

Your photos are beautiful!
Marja

Henrietta said...

Scandinavian minimalist is totally over rated:) I love your set up, it is cheery and happy to me, just I like things to be; colorful. Snapdragonflower are beautiful, they are delicate.
Here in Amsterdam flowers are almost free to comparing to Finland and I'm loosing my mind:) I want to buy flowers everyday but we have only one vase in apartment. I have putting them to coffee mucks and drinking glasses but I have to leave some dishes for using purposes too:)
Har det bra
Henrietta

Sanna said...

Fantastiskt. En smak av sommar i oktober. Du har en helt underbar blog.

Tack för inspiration.

Må så gott.

My Bleu Chine said...

Hello from France !
So beautiful, so energizing ! Merci pour ces très belles photos,
Stéphanie

Kari fra "Fredløs" said...

Så nydelige bilder. Jeg får lyst til at sommeren skal komme tilbake når jeg titter her inne hos deg.
Ønsker deg en strålende dag. Klem, Kari

Sanne said...

Dear Ingrid,

this is really a great summertable !!!!!!!!!!!
You really did the right thing, you enjoyed those beautiful days !!! I had to work very much and totday is the first day without sun here...autumn will come...


Have a great time, whatever the wheater will be,
best wishes,

Sanne

NinaH said...

Lovely pictures of a lovely season- and lots of lovely things in your photos!
I´ve now ordered the Vintage Flower-book!Told on my blog you gaved me the tip!;-) Read my blog about it... if you like!;-)

lisa said...

What beautiful photographs these are Ingrid!
Snapdragons are one of my very favorites, and you have photographed them so beautifully here.
I especially love the first image. Wonderful texture behind the flowers. Simply perfect.
Sending you wishes for a beautiful weekend my friend!

Georgianna said...

Fabulous, Ingrid! I love the color combination and using the Antirrinum as cut flowers. I read about your lovely weather last weekend – so glad you got to enjoy it. We had a beautiful August and September but now the rains have come.

Have a wonderful weekend! – g

silvia said...

In Italy the cold has arrived today, I'm sure that even with the snow You gave us great shots!
Ciao
Silvia

Moa said...

Åh.. så vackra höstiga och fina bilder.. det är hösten när den är som vackrast tillsammans med vackra klara färger.. Önskar dig en härlig helg..Moa

maría cecilia said...

Hola Ingrid, I have so enjoyed your lovely flower arrangements!!! gosh, it´s been a long time since my last visit.
hugs dear

Marge said...

Hi Ingrid,

Thank you for your nice cmmment to me:)
I enjoy colours of your photos.
I love your setting and photos! So BEAUTIFUL!♥
Have a nice week for you!

Angel.Pearls said...

Underbart njutningsfullt hos dig!
Wish you a lovely new week
Kram
Eva

The Garden Ms. S said...

What a fresh and pretty series of photos. I love the look of the drink!

All the best!

Colores said...

Dear Inngrid, the pics are magnificient!!! and your photo setting is adorable!! a big colourful kiss

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet Ingrid, this is such a beautiful setting. The flowers are really beautiful and the wine looks so yummie! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

StarletStarlet said...

I have never heard or had elder flower cordial drink before but it looks so delicious for the last few days of heat wave in here. The cat is gorgeous! Would you mind me asking where to get it from? I think it would go so well in my garden!

And can I tell you again that you took amazing photographs?