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Anthemis Asphodelus Astragalus Baptisa Convolvulus Coreopsis Campion Day lilies Tiger lily Lilium specioswn Everlasting peas Sweet-peas
Canterbury bells Heliotrope Roses
Nasturtiums A ntirrhinum Vetch
Marguerites Stocks Foxgloves Begonias , Hydrangeas
Zinnia, etc., etc.
I n winter table decoration the object at which to aim is a brilliant colour-scheme that will produce a warm, cheerful influence; in July the decorator must endeavour to produce a cool, refreshing effect, and must avoid colours that are very bright or glaring on hot sultry days.
Green and white is undoubtedly a most successful combination in hot weather, for it has a decidedly refreshing appearance. A simple white marguerite design is, perhaps, as dainty as any, and suitable for either the tea or dinner table.
A white centre is used, edged with thick Irish crochet lace, and some lead supports are placed upon it. These are hidden with fresh green moss, and the marguerites are placed lightly in them. Slender sprays of young Veitchii creeper are placed on the centre, branching out in all directions, and a trail of creeper is twined round each guest-place, while marguerite-blossoms float on the finger-bowls.
Marguerites and Veitchii creeper form a charming combination; the cool green of the foliage is light and dainty. No vases are required for this arrangement, the leaden supports that hold the flowers being hidden by green moss
Another delightful green-and-white design could be carried out in pure white sweet-peas, white roses, and wild oats or grasses.
Use the silvered vases in the form of tree-branches that can be obtained so cheaply. Fill them as lightly as possible with the blossoms and grasses, using plenty of grasses, but not so many blossoms lest the result should be heavy. Place the vases on a ruffled slip of white tulle, edged with white sweet-peas and a fringe of wild oats.
For the sweets use tiny silvered baskets, tied with white tulle, and a cluster of sweet-peas. This scheme would be most suitable for a summer wedding breakfast, or for the buffet-table for an afternoon wedding reception.
But perhaps the most delightful design for a sultry day consists of a mirror and water-lilies.
Use any piece of looking-glass that you possess, and hide the edges with preserved fern, or tufts of grasses and moss; in fact, make it appear as much as is possible like a miniature lake.
Open the lilies wide by turning back their petals, and place them upon the mirror with some of their smallest leaves.
All the details of the table should partake of the water-lily design, for it is a very easy flower to copy in paper.
For the candle-shades cut out a water-lily leaf in glace silk, choosing a dull shade of green, and wire it round the edge, so that it will stand upright. Make a large water-lily in paper, using white tissue paper for the petals, and yellow tissue paper, cut in shreds, for the centres. Mount a flower on to each candle-clip, and you will have appropriate shades for the candles.
Surround the souffle-cases with water-lily petals, and, filling them with yellow fondants, use them as bonbonnieres. Serve yellow custard ices in the same way.
A block of ice is a welcome sight in hot weather, and it is not difficult to make it figure as part of the table decoration. Place it in a deep soup-plate, so that its melting will not prove disastrous to the tablecloth, and hide the soup-plate with moss and trails of foliage. Surround the ice-which should be a tall, pointed piece-with blossoms and foliage. Pink flowers look particularly pretty against the mirror-like ice. The Dorothy Perkins rambler rose, that is in full blossom this month, would be particularly
Water lilies arranged on a mirror are ideal for a summer table decoration. Maidenhair fern, moss, or grasses hide the edges of the mirror, and the blooms on the surface appear to be floating on a tiny lake suitable. Use long trails of it to hide the soup-plate, and arrange upstanding sprays of it in moss around the block of ice.
Carry trails of the rambler also to the corners of the table, and place there bowls of broken ice, with a circle of the rambler roses round them.
Hydrangeas are very pretty for table use, and an artistic table can be arranged with them by combining the blue, pink, and cream shades. These colours are all charming and blend well together. Silver bowls show their beauty to advantage, or they may be employed to fill pottery vases of a suitable size and shape.
A table decorated with beautiful begonias is also illustrated. The blossoms chosen are in shades of pale yellow and pink. A low rustic basket with a tall handle is used as a centre; the handle is almost covered with the lovely blossoms and their handsome leaves, which are arranged also at the base of the basket to appear like a star, the finely pointed leaves making this an easy task.
Silver candlesticks are used, with yellow candles and pale pink silk shades, edged with glass fringe. On the cloth, at the base of each candlestick, a circle of blossoms and foliage is arranged.
Table flowers need far more attention in summer than in winter. In hot weather they must not be forgotten for a day; there is nothing more unpleasant or unhealthy than faded flowers and stale water.
If possible, gather flowers when the sun is not on them.
Fresh water must be given every day, and the stalks of the flowers should be washed.
The oft-despised nasturtium, with its wondrous colourings, is charming for table
Pale yellow and pink begonias are shown arranged in a rustic basket with a tall handle. Other blooms are placed at the base of the basket use. Choose it for your decorations on one of those dull days that often come in this variable climate.
Use the flower's own quaint leaves, and mass them in the centre of the table, with a vase rising from their centre filled with some blossoms, intermixed with mignonette and croton leaves.
Poise a few millinery butterflies-that are mounted on wires-among the flowers, and the effect will be very novel.