A mass of midsummer flowers — either freshly cut from the garden, or acquired from the local florist — can greatly enhance the beauty of a room. I’ve enjoyed a long and lavish season of cut flowers this summer, including the violet zinnias above, here arranged in a blue pedestal vase for my parlor window. Would you like to see more flowers on “decorative duty” in the house? Turn the page, and then click each picture for a full-size view.
Here, a single stem of pink, fragrant ‘Star Gazer’ lily is reflected in a Federal gilt mirror in the dining room.
Stems of mock-orange and pink and yellow roses make an infinitely inhalable centerpiece for the dining table.
For the blue guestroom: A colorful collage of forsythia branches, violet zinnias, pink and yellow snapdragons, pink and white petunias and blue salvia greet an overnight guest.
For a mirrored Victorian cabinet in the Music Room: Blue bachelor buttons in a small yellow vase make an informal display in otherwise very formal quarters.
For a corner in the parlor, against a background of pale green and cream wallpaper: Blue delphinium towers above yellow snapdragons and purple zinnias, arranged in a crystal vase.
Destined for the Music Room, the final stem of rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyl’ joins other pink roses in a green earthen bowl.
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