Meadow Garden Tablescape
Memories of a Mountain Girl
My garden tablescape is tied to specific memories. Although I live in coastal South Carolina, I grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee. Most of the time, I try to bloom where I am planted. Sometimes though, my mind takes me back in time, and I long for the mountains once again. My grandmother had a friend named Mrs. Birchfield. She lived in a rural mountain area (a holler, maybe?), in a gorgeous little picturesque house. She had a front porch with rocking chairs, wooden floors with those oval rag rugs, and a swing in the backyard. The road to her home was littered with black-eyed susans, and mountaintop meadows filled with wildflowers galore.
She had a huge garden too. My mom, my grandmother, and my sister would go there several times a year. I can remember sitting on the front porch and picking the strings off, then snapping the green beans into pieces. Sadly, I wouldn’t know how to get back there if I tried. All the people that I loved, who once lived in that area, are gone now. My parents divored when I was 9 years-old, and I moved to South Carolina with my dad when I was 13. However, I can still visit Mrs. Birchfield’s mountain cottage in my memories, and on my Meadow Garden Tablescape.
Meadow Garden Tablescape Elements
The Coastal Childhood of My Children
The defining piece of the Meadow Garden Tablescape is a set of Floral Haven sculpted luncheon plates by Spode. The flowers, leaves, honeybees, and butterflies on these spectacular plates remind me of those beautiful mountain meadows where I played as a child. My children grew up in coastal South Carolina, and never had the opportunity to roll down a grassy hill. First of all. we have no hills here in the Lowcountry. Secondly, one might be plagued with red ants or chiggers if he or she attempted to lay on the ground in a coastal SC meadow. However, my kids were very lucky to spend many of their days at the sunny, sandy beach.
Each setting also has a Thompson Yellowstone dinner plate, a Dollar Tree gold charger, and a silver placemat. I enjoy using metals as neutrals. The silverware is Golden Julliard by Oneida.
I found these gorgeous napkin rings at a thrift store. They have an actual needlepoint flower in the center. I only have four though, so I had to intersperse them with plain ole silver napkin rings.
The tumblers are Vintage Floral by Pioneer Woman. I saw a new color at Walmart, and need to snag a few before they’re gone. I had 8 of these glasses, but we are down to 6 now, due to breakage.
Seed packets with a “Welcome Spring” printed paper banner were used as place markers. Don’t you just love seed packets? I’ve used the silver trees in a few of my other tablescapes. They are so versatile.
My sister sent me this sign last spring. I love it. Funny signs make me smile. I just had to include it the Meadow Garden Tablescape.
This little glass trinket box (I removed the lid) has birds on either side. it looks beautiful with the Azalea buds.
These bunny salt and pepper shakers are special to me because my husband bought them. He and my 10 year-old picked them out at TJ Maxx. I was amazed when they returned with something so cute. You have to watch these bunnies though. the shaker holes are huge. The salt POURS out before you can say “Jack Robinson.”
The teapot is Country Garden, by Pioneer Woman. I do appreciate the beauty of her patterns. Unfortunately, the handle on this teapot broke when I was moving it yesterday. It is filled with white Azaleas. The Azaleas only last for a few weeks, but our Lowcountry yards are like rainbows of glorious color when they’re blooming.
The turquoise Primogera bowl is filled with white azaleas as well.
I hope you enjoyed my Meadow Garden Tablescape and the memories of a mountain girl!
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