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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A tribute to the last roses tablescape

It's a bit unexpected to be using roses in the fall, but as the last roses have just now bloomed on our one lonely rosebush, I thought an appropriate send off was in order.

Adding yellows and pinecones to the table adds a rustic touch of fall.

When the rose is faded,
Memory may still dwell on

Her beauty shadowed,
And the sweet smell gone.

That vanishing loveliness,

That burdening breath,

 No bond of life hath then,

Nor grief of death.

Tis the immortal thought 
Whose passion still 

Makes the changing
The unchangeable.

Oh, thus thy beauty,
Loveliest on earth to me, 

Dark with no sorrow, shines
And burns, with thee.
When the Rose is faded by Walter de la Mare

Crochet placemats - very old
Napkins - Pier One
Dinner plates - Wedgwood Windsor
Salad Plates - Royal Stafford used HERE
Glasses - Mikasa French Countryside
Flatware - Cambridge available at Horchow's
Silver candlesticks - Gorham Chantilly
Crystal Candlesticks - unknown
Pitcher - Wedgwood

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Linda said...

Very elegant! Thanks for sharing!

Scribbler said...


Those placemats are a treasure.

Alycia Nichols said...

I don't think it's at all unusual to use your beautiful roses in the Fall, Marlis! I use them year-round!!! The accessories (the pine cones, the other flowers you used along with the roses, the napkins) and colors (the browns and golds) you have used create a totally autumnal ambiance. I just love it!!!! Those shape of those crystal candlesticks is SO pretty!!!

Infuse With Liz said...

Well isn't this romantic and poetic- I love it! I have three buds hanging on but I'm sure they're not going to open. Loved your beautiful illustration...the plates with roses, the shiny silver...all lovely! Most of all I loved "When the rose is faded, memory may still dwell on" ...

Anonymous said...

I love the crochet with the rusticity of he table. The rose plates are beautiful! Gorgeous table, Marlis!

Mary said...

Marlis~ If I had roses blooming I wouldn't hesitate to use them at the table regardless of the season! I love the pattern of your rose plates and I just picked up those same napkins at Pier 1 :) Beautiful alfresco table!

Marigene said...

Beautiful plates, Marlis. My roses still have a few buds, but it is supposed to cool down starting tonight with a hard frost Friday night.

kitty said...

Those plates are soooo pretty, Marlis! I love the crochet with the pretty checked napkins. You really are so creative.

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Beautiful plates!

Debbie said...

The poem was so beautiful that I had to go back and enjoy the table a second time after reading it. (I'm just a poetry kind of gal.)

The table turned out to be even lovelier. It's amazing to me when someone can take something like the brown gingham napkins (my favorite part) and make an elegant table with them. I really loved it.

Ann Krucek said...

Beautiful!! Lovely dishes in a wonderful outdoor setting! It all makes for a special post!


Ecuador has the most gorgeous roses in the world, so, I don't think roses have a season, use them when you're up to it, specially from your own garden, dear Marlis. I love your dishes, so pretty and along with such lovely crochet place mats...I so love crochet! Beautiful tablescape and I love the gingham napkins! Big hugs,

Rosemary-Thyme said...

Marlis, this table is so elegant. Is is simply stunning. I love the salad plates and outdoor setting. I have the same napkins and wine goblets too.

Red Couch Recipes said...

I love the pink and brown salad plates; they are so pretty. That table outside is a great place to dine. Does the table have a story? It is cold here tonight, and I thought to cut some roses, but I didn't. Somehow, it sounds a little sad to say that they are your last roses. I love all the floral arrangements. It is fun to have several on a table. Joni

Tea in Texas said...

A lovely place to dine in your outdoor sanctuary. The rose plates are perfect for you last roses tablescape. The poem is wonderful with the photos. The elegance of silver, crystal, and china is pretty with the your beautiful centerpiece.

Thanks, Pam

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Beautiful! I am glad you used your roses.

Babs said...

So pretty, Marlis. We're enjoying the last roses of summer,too. Ours stop blooming the heat of summer, but pick back up again in Sept. and Oct. Your tablescape is so fitting, especially since its out of doors.

Sarah said...

Marlis, I know you hate to see the roses end. This is a beautiful tribute to those beauties. Enjoyed the poem.

xinex said...

Really beautiful! I love the plaid napkins....Christine

RhondaBuss said...

So pretty and all set on that glorious table!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a breathtaking tablescape Marlis. I love the china!! Very elegant.

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Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Such a pretty table. I just picked the last of our roses - I think the hurricane winds, heading this way, will blow them away in a few days!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Such a pretty table. I just picked the last of our roses - I think the hurricane winds, heading this way, will blow them away in a few days!

Gina said...

Oh this is such a pretty, elegant yet rustic, take on your fading roses! I love it!

bj said...

So pretty....I thought my roses were all gone..walked into the back yard this afternoon and the rose bushes were ablaze with new roses...after this cold spell, they will be gone tomorrow but I got photos today.:))
I especially love those napkins..:)

Maria C said...

I don't know how you always manage to find the most beautiful linens! I share your love for plaids and checks. Now I really, really, really need those napkins! As always, Marlis, what a beautiful table!

laurie said...

Marlis, this is gorgeous! I love the formality of that pretty china with the rusticity of the wood table. Your roses are so pretty. I just cut the last of ours too, but that aren't this pretty. Enjoyed the poetry too. Beautiful post. laurie

Susan Herin said...

Marlis, this is such a beautiful setting to say farewell to those last roses. It's always a little sad this time of year because we know things are going to get kind of bleak looking outside. But the trees and flowers are just going to take a long winter's nap so they can come back out to play again in the spring. :)


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