I’m all for fanciful and fantasy moments, especially when they are in the garden and occasioned by a specific plant in bloom. And can then serve as inspiration for an entertaining concept. So it is with ‘clematis peniculata’ — or more romantically referred to as “bridal veil.” As this particular plant will often do, it self-seeds wherever it chooses (see last year’s post). Many years ago, this clematis sneaked into a corner of the limestone steps leading up to the pergola. At first, I wanted to take it out as it didn’t suit the clipped, formal ilex hedge fronting the pergola. But the clematis taught me a lesson…some things are best left to their own devices.
So to honor this beautiful month of September — and our town, which is such a wedding destination — I’ve created a tableau to take full advantage of this glorious Autumn plant that has been awaiting its star turn. It was such delicious fun imagining a small engagement party, with the table swathed in volumes of white tulle, while the clematis served as a stand-in for the bride’s future veil and train. A girl can dream, can’t she?
The tulle added a special enchanting note for that first impression…
Spring green, to complement the Parterre Bench, inspired the table top selections from my china closet…limited edition Tiffany dessert plates that were a wedding gift many years ago, antique Venetian sherbert bowls, playful glass plates with “pearls” around their rims. For nostalgia, embroidered-in-Madeira linens that were part of my “trousseau.”
Let there be no doubt that clematis paniculata well deserves the nickname “bridal veil.”
What a source of inspiration!
Of course, the veil’s tiara had to be composed of plants –petit roses, heuchera and coleus leaves, snips of hydrangea blooms , garlic chives, tips of salvia, and verbena.
And the Parterre Bench…always a guest at every event and celebration here at Parterre. Consider inviting her into your garden. She’s quite the centerpiece!
Lastly, a little party crasher who was intrigued with the goings on (I can’t believe that I’m giving her/him a shout out…the mother has been beseiging our garden all summer). But, anything for the blog…