Well, by the enthusiastic response to last week’s post on our Orangerie, I bet you’ll love seeing this whimsical “folly” in her main role –party central. For, once finished with spring to-dos, (the potted tulips spend part of their growth period here before scattering as decoration all over the property…and the rooms of the house) she offers many opportunities to entertain friends and guests from afar.
And of course, that means summer, with its blue skies and puffy clouds as a backdrop, her stucco walls draped in roses,
with other plants (like the long hydrangea hedge) that were chosen to enhance her setting as the centerpiece of the garden.
A whimsical peek inside (through the antique leaded glass windows) to a table all set for lunch, with its Beverly Hills Hotel iconic banana leaf patterned tablecloth.
On another occasion, an all green scene matches the ‘Limelight’ hydrangeas massed in the exterior niches.
With the chandelier draped in greenery also. Magnifique!
August’s dahlias accentuate the vivid colors in the antique obis used as runners for another dinner.
Quite a different view at night, with the bright chandelier reflected in the glass paneled ceiling (which opens).
Need I say…the Orangerie loves being a guest at any party!
And sometimes there is a moment, just before the party starts, when my favorite photographer, Nick Mele, is able to capture a picture of me with this folly as the setting…