I've been harvesting the zinnias and sunflowers and bringing in bouquets to enjoy every evening. I love the weather this time of year and all the luscious color but I do get bittersweet about it all because I know the end of the growing season will be here anyday. If I don't pick a bouquet each day, I get all antsy, knowing that my opportunity to look at all this beautiful flora is so short.
I also take a lot of photos of the garden. It is so nice to look back on the beauty in the dead of winter. I am continually inspired by all the color combinations and the shapes of plants and blooms.
A few winters ago, I had a bit of an accident. I was taking photos of a pizza just out of the oven and set the hot pan onto the glass top a coffee table on the porch. Really, I wasn't thinking. All of a sudden I heard a crack. Giant oops. The heat of the pan had cracked the table.
I was never wild about the glass top because it always got dirty, full of pollen, road dust and general country grubbiness. I had a piece of birch plywood cut to replace it. That flat surface was just dying to be decorated. A while back, I got to it. I chose a simple sunflower motif, used some acrylics and latex and painted some sunflowers. I used a waterproof sealer to protect the tabletop.
Here with the inspiration laid atop it.
Now we have sunflowers all year round on the porch. If the motif is too garish and bright, I cover it up with a cloth. It has worn really well too and adds a bit of cheer to the porch.
The arrangement that is on the tabletop was something I made when I harvested a massive bunch of zinnias. The concept was a colorwheel of zinnias and although it isn't exactly a colorwheel, I does show the bright shades. Here's a close-up. I used a bundt pan and layered all the stems so they held each other up. The arrangement lasted at least a week and it looked so pretty on top of the painted table.