Since we were having company on Saturday and Sunday, I decided to pick up some flowers at the Westside Farmer's Market in Madison. At this point in the summer my garden tends to be moving into a greener mode with few flowers, and I wasn't sure I could find enough blooms to put a bouquet together.
The bouquet I got at the Market was a splurge at $10, but it is huge and stunningly beautiful and fragrant. And still looking perfect four days later. The lilies are perfuming the entire house and I find the dramatic dark leaves and the bright bits of blue Batchelor Buttons to be inspired touches.
Just before our dinner guests arrived I went out the my Traffic Island sun garden and discovered that I did indeed have enough flowers to put together a respectable bouquet. I used the vase that I brought home from my nieces's wedding last month as well as the same idea her bridal florist used. Namely I kept the stripe of gold ribbon around the top of the glass container and I lined it with a tropical leaf to hide the stems.
Our dinner guests brought a lovely bouquet of country Zinnias, a flower I've never grown but always enjoy. Perfect flowers, perfect weekend.