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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Natural Grass Easter Table Setting

Friday, March 25, 2016

Natural blooming prairie grasses grow in our pastures,
along side the roads, and in our yards here in the Texas countryside. 
After blooming for a short time in late Winter to early Spring, their flowers will fade,
and the plants will go dormant to survive the long hot months to come.



Seeing the native wild grass Crow's Poison growing in my yard and woods 
inspired me to collect some, bulbs and all, to use as part of
a natural grass Easter table setting.

This is a table setting that everyone can replicate with just a
few minor changes based on what's growing in your yard
and what cute Easter collectible bunnies are in your house.


The roadsides, ditches, prairies, and woodlands are filled with native blooming plants 
which means an abundant source for FREE flowers and plants, 
free as long as not collected from someone else's private property. 
Come on over, I'll share some from my yard, ditches, and woods. 

Many people mistakenly believe it is against the law 
to pick flowers along Texas highways. 
It is legal to pick right-of-way flowers, bluebonnets included, 
but most of us do not so that everyone can enjoy the flowers. 
Just because something is LEGAL does not always make it a good idea. 

While not everyone enjoys wild, unruly flower arrangements, I do. 
Unstructured, free-flowing flowers, vines, and branches  
are among my favorite floral design elements. 

Adjust the free-form nature of the arrangements to suit your style. 
Use your clippers to trim your plants to get a neater look, 
much like mowing your lawn creates a neat manicured look. 

Well-loved traditional Easter egg hunts bring to mind images 
of spring-green clumps of daffodils and shaggy grass as places to hide the eggs. 


Crow's Poison grows mixed with other Texas grasses and
provides good hiding spots for eggs. 


Each place setting on the table has a small rustic rose pot planted 
with Crow's Poison and/or other grasses sheltering a blue-speckled egg. 
Granted, some of the pots have plants that are lying down on the job. 

No rustic small pots? No problem. 
Use 4-inch paper starter peat pots from garden centers, 
either left their natural color, painted to match your dishes, 
or decoupaged with an Easter scene.  


At other place settings, the plants are are standing tall. 
Part of the characteristics of native grasses is ragged growth. 


Even though small dining tables call for small centerpieces,
a centerpiece can still make a BIG impact by containing unusual items. 


With a narrow serving platter as a base, the centerpiece 
has an overturned flower pot and two glass ornament bunnies hiding at the foot 
of the clear glass vase holding a large mixture of grasses and Crow's Poison. 

See the tiniest of tiny purple blooms at the ends of the stems? 
The beauty of having a yard in the country is finding sweet little unexpected flowers. 
Many consider these little plants as weeds, but I consider them as flowers. 


Another possible arrangement could have just one larger rabbit 
paired with the vase of ornamental grasses. 
Experiment with whatever bunnies are in your collection. 


A paper placemat with a white and a brown bunny sits beneath each white plate. 
A paper floral coaster protects the wood table from moisture from the individual plant pots. 
Be sure to use some kind of coaster underneath the plants. 


Small chocolate bunnies sitting on each plate mean 
everyone has her/his own special Easter treat. 
Is it Easter if you don't have a chocolate bunny? 


A natural grass Easter table setting is perfect for our house in the country. 


What kind of table are you setting for Easter this year? 

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8 comments:

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Judith your table is perfection! It makes me excited to see what wildflowers will come up from my planting. Happy Easter!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I LOVE this natural look, Judith! So pretty.

Sarah said...

Judith, this is so beautiful in its simplicity. I love the idea! We will have Easter brunch out on the terrace, but still haven't decided on my table setting. Will do that today. Tuesday night's dinner was very simple with just four of us, but a perfect evening to dine alfresco. Your sunny spot is almost like dining alfresco. Love your wall of windows.
Happy Easter Weekend!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour, Judith! I think any time we introduce nature in all its gentle and fragile glory into our homes, we have instant success. You have beautifully arranged them with the lovely natural light! ENJOY the weekend!!!

Leslie Harris said...

Judith your table is beautiful! Love the lighting in that room!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Judith,
Thank you for sharing such an elegant, gentle and natural table setting with us at #TOHOT. It so truly embraces the beauty of the season as well as the reverence of Easter.
I did not even think of decoupaging peat pots from the garden center. I love this idea and I will be giving it a try this week.
Thinking of you and sending warm, caring wishes for a nurturing Easter spent with your siblings.
Jemma

Christine Graves said...

Loving this table Judith!! I laughed at the quote from the Highway Safety council (hope I got that right) "It might be a good idea"....LOL I know it probably isn't safe to stop and pick flowers but i admit if no one is behind me? I hit the brakes!

Loving your arrangement because it's wild. It's nature at it's finest and you did a great job with your table!

Cynthia said...

Oh, this is so pretty! I love the natural look of the grasses with the bunnies. I did not do Easter decorating this year, but I am still going to use some of my Easter decor for "Spring" decorating, which I feel I can get away with until mid-May, as Spring comes a little later in our part of the Country. I'm going to use your idea, here. Just love it, Judith!