Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Heat Domes & Herbs

Wow is it ever hot here in Oklahoma!  The heat dome is over much of the midwest and we are praying for rain!   We had a high of 107 last week and my plants are starting to feel the effects 
of the heat and drought!  Thank goodness for
 sprinkler systems...I've been mulching 
everything to cut down on watering.   

On a positive note... I am thankful  for herbs that love this heat.  My  rosemary and lavender are thriving and never looked better.  

Inspiration came from a few grocery store herbs that led me to create a herb vignette with some herb themed items I have collected over the past few years.   My latest addition is this bee skep...they look wonderful in a herb garden. 

I started with an apron a good friend gave me 
and just laid it down on the table as a runner.  I just love the fabric!

The woven tray serves as a perfect setting for these little herb pots I purchased earlier this year on a trip to California.   The herb pots will be perfect for a kitchen window sill garden this winter.   I try to use only fresh herbs to cook with whenever possible. 

This little herb topiary book I have had for many years and it has lots of great ideas to 
create your own topiaries and very detailed information about herbs.
I like adding a few interesting items and unexpected items to a table too and 
the plant labels are fun and can be used as place cards for guests.

The dishes were  found for $1 each at Goodwill and they have 4 matching bowls and a chip and dip server.   Don't you love those bargains?  The delicate pattern features some of my favorite herbs!

The lavender sachet is a pretty guest favor and looks pretty tucked in the bowl.

The dried lavender is from my garden...when I deadhead my 'Grosso'  lavender I just bundle and bring it in.  I also cut it when it is in it's prime...but even spent blooms don't go to waste...I just make potpourri out of them or replenish my sachets.   'Grosso' is the most fragrant of the lavenders and so worth growing.  I have added a few  more plants to my garden this year so I will have plenty to 
cut next summer!   

This Goodwill find can be used for salad dressing
 or a vase for herbs.

The pretty dish towel was purchased at the Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo...such a wonderful place to shop, dine or stay!

The candle is handmade  from the 
Fredericksburg Herb Farm in Texas  
and is lemon grass scented.   Their candles are wonderful and I discovered them on a trip there a few years ago.  I have to order them in between visits since we don't get there nearly often enough.   

If you are ever in that part of the country the herb farm is a real treat...they have added a spa and darling cottages to stay in!  The restaurant is wonderful too!  It's on our list to re-visit
 next spring. 

Stay cool and hope you find something 


  1. My geraniums on the back porch are pretty much "sucking pond water." I think that most of them are pretty much history. Your herb vignettes is absolutely charming. I love the towel from one of your trips. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  2. Oh how pretty!! I'm glad to know lavender likes heat since this is my first tine growing it. This is just a beautiful vignette!

  3. OMG, this is all so beautiful. I love the herb pots and the pretty plates, pitcher and linens. Everything just goes together beautifully.


  4. Sonia, I am wild about herbs! Your little vignette looks like it came out of a magazine! I bet it smells wonderful too!

  5. Oh how pretty. I love all of your gorgeous herb items and you have created the most amazing vignette. Gorgeous pics too. Thanks for joining TTT.

  6. I love all your herbs, what a beautiful and useful collection! I'm now a follower!

  7. The dishes are adorable, and so is the bee skep. Love your vignette!

  8. What a charming post! LOVE those dishes!!
    I have no idea how all of you are surviving heat over 100 degrees!! I start to melt at 90 degrees!!


  9. Beautiful herb vignette with the dishes, herbs and the bee skep. Love the photos, even if it is hot!

  10. Such a beautiful vignette. Love the fabric in the apron and it just lends the perfect touch.. All my herbs are doing well but the basil.. it's having the hardest time in the 100+ heat. So glad yours are doing well. The dishes are a great find.. love the pattern on them.. xo marlis

  11. Sonja,
    Hi! I'm visiting from BNOTP! I reside on the Western side of the Prairie and to your North! The triple digits have destroyed all my herbs except Rosemary this season! I adore your tablescape...and that so many items are thrifty finds! Your herb pots will be darling in your window filled with fresh herbs this winter. All I can do here is begin again in the Spring!

  12. How wonderful you created a special herb tablescape for a relief from the heat. The herb plants and planters are lovely. Herb plates and bowls are just perfect for a setting! I love all your herb details and the new bee skep. The heat dome is baking us in DFW and some rain yesterday gave us a breath of cool air but, back to 100's today. Your GW treasures are great, please pop over and view my GW finds used in a tablescape.

  13. Hi there
    well it seems to be hot at your place..nice herbs :)
    and do not miss



    It is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  14. What a wonderful vignette!I love all of the touches and textures. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. This is so cute! I love it! The only thing that lived in my garden this year due to Oklahoma heat is my herbs, and some pepper plants. I love how you incorporated in the dried herbs!


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