Middle Tennessee has been graced with an incredibly mild summer, and my patio garden has really risen to the occasion.

The hedge along the inside of the fence has been lush, my old roses resplendent and the Limelight hydrangeas positively over the top. A breeze stirs the lavender, and it smells like Provence.

Time to enjoy an old French magazine over coffee on the patio -- and the right weather for it -- priceless!

Time to enjoy an old French magazine over coffee on the patio -- and the right weather for it -- priceless!

I have a lovely old wrought-iron, glass-top table of my grandmother’s where I like to sit under a market umbrella and drink it all in. The gentler-than-usual temperatures have given me a few extra weeks to enjoy it.

I’ve tried to capture a bit of that feeling – the splendor of an intimate little corner filled with verdant bounty – in the bouquet pictured here. I love the look of the rich greens and whites and a few pieces of lavender against a sterling silver vase.

Nothing says intimate elegance like cut greens and flowers in a sterling vase.

Nothing says intimate elegance like cut greens and flowers in a sterling vase.

This is also the first installment in my Limelight study. I planted this hydrangea variety because it tolerates our Tennessee summers so well, but I am enchanted by the way the blooms, which open green, turn to a clean white then a soft heirloom pink. Check back to see the progress.

Note the hints of pea green paint under the rusty brown of the roof. I'd love to discover a life-size version of this little jewel, in a faraway European garden. Just folie, I guess ...

Note the hints of pea green paint under the rusty brown of the roof. I'd love to discover a life-size version of this little jewel, in a faraway European garden. Just folie, I guess ...

And I threw in a picture of one of my patio lanterns, which reminds me of a miniature garden folie. Yes, I have a thing for garden folies, and yes, I am pursuing the passion in a creative way. Stay tuned!

À bientôt…Tatie