This table setting and vase are from the dinner party we had the weekend before the election. It was a great evening with old and new friends. We were all nervous but hopeful about the election.
I snapped a few photos in the afternoon after I set the table. I always think we will take more pictures when the candles are lit just before we sit down but I always forget to do so!
A few years ago I was searching for an antique blue and white flower brick with no luck. In the midst of that search my sister-in-law found this rustic version and gave it to me as a gift.
I filled it mainly with foliage from the Korean maples, annual purple Hibiscus, Epimediums and assorted Heuchera and Heucherella plants. There are a few delicate stems of Tricyrtis, semi-dried Sedum flower heads and one of the last Dahlias of the season.
I usually put this long, low container on the window sill above the kitchen sink. Turns out it is a perfect container to add to a table setting. It takes up very little room, holds a lot of material and makes a statement without blocking anyone's view.
The rest of the setting includes dark brown placemats, neutral colored napkins printed with assorted graphic designs, beaded orange votive holders and one of my favorite pairs of candlesticks. These ceramic couplings of the hare and the tortoise came from the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme.