A Year in Flowers at FrenchGardenHouse

Happy New Year dear flower loving friends! I hope that you had a lovely holiday season filled with joy, love and laughter. The new year is ahead of us, filled with gorgeous blank days, weeks and months, and I hope we fill them with beauty, grateful moments and of course flowers!

a year in flowers at French Garden House

Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms! The first Monday Morning Blooms is dedicated to a look back at the months of floral inspiration from the year past – it’s one of my favorite posts to write! Each seasonally inspired post features centerpieces, posies and other floral arrangements with the colors and textures of flowers in bloom during that certain month.


I’ll be sharing the links to my friends Mary and Pam at the end of this post, I know you will enjoy their look back at each month’s floral therapy.

Almost every week I get a sweet note or email from readers saying how they were inspired to try their hand at creating their own floral bouquets at home. I love hearing your stories of how you felt so proud of a centerpiece you created for a special party, or a small little bouquet you brought to a sick neighbor or friend. The most gratifying are the notes or texts I get from readers who want to let me know how much joy flowers bring them, and that our Monday Morning Blooms have given them the courage to design their own floral creations.

My goal in writing the FGH blog has always been to encourage you to add more beauty to your world with our antiques, and also by adding flowers to the mix. It’s exciting to hear that the blog has helped so many of you do just that!


Pink garden roses in Wedgwood vase

I was so excited to share my table for a French Valentine’s Celebration with you in February! It includes beautiful flowers, a romantic setting, good food and everything you can get in Paris except the French waiter and ok…no Eiffel tower either.  But it’s charming, and heart warming.

French Galentine's Party

Whether you are envisioning a cozy tête-à-tête or a family celebration of Valentine’s Day love, a pretty table setting with a touch of romance is especially fetching for this holiday. Various shades of cream, pink and red add plenty of romantic atmosphere – this is a table setting that will work for a friend’s Valentine’s Day lunch, or dinner! If you have more guests, you just set up a bigger table.

Valentine's Day Scripture
READ: A French Valentine’s Celebration


for the love of green

For March we all featured green, and I shared my For the Love of Green table setting in anticipation of Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s easy to create a flower arrangement with fresh greens, and set a festive table using greens for lunch or dinner with just a twinkle of gold.

For the Love of Green Tablesetting

Besides falling completely in love with the Green Lemonade Roses {they remind me of cabbages!} I was also quite enamored with the Queen Anne’s Lace cousin Ammi Visnaga Green Mist. It’s supposed to be a little more sturdy than its royal cousin Queen Anne’s Lace. Each bloom is topped by dense, chartreuse domes that bloom into to creamy white flower heads. The billowing, feathery foliage is something I adore, it adds so much  texture and airiness to arrangements.

For the love of green

The place setting includes beautiful green linen ruffled placemats and green embroidered linen napkins. Both available in our linen section.

saint patricks religious quote
READ: For The Love of Green


Charming Easter or Spring Table

Sharing Easter or any other Spring meal with your family and friends is always more special around a table you have set with love. I set this charming Easter table for our friends and family to gather around. This setting works so beautifully for any Spring event, whether you host a breakfast, brunch, luncheon, tea or dinner! The soft colors make it a show stopper every time.

Easter table setting in the garden

This stunning floral tablecloth has all the spring colors and flowers we adore on it! Pink tulips, yellow daffodils, large pink wild roses, little marguerites. Isn’t it gorgeous? The color is a soft buttery creamy yellow, and the design has a vintage feeling.

Charming Easter table setting with bunny
Jeweled Bee Napkin Rings
Bee napkin rings on french country napkins

The final spring touch is a beautiful jeweled bee napkin ring!

READ: Charming Easter or Spring Table


Veuve Clicqout Champagne

For May, I invited all of you to join me in our back garden at FrenchGardenHouse as we celebrate Moms. I set a table in honor of my own Mom, she loved nothing more than to come over every Sunday to visit us and the garden. In May our back garden is just beginning to bloom with roses, hydrangeas, and all sorts of beautiful flowers. Let’s sit at the garden table, drink some French champagne, or sweet iced tea, while I tell what my Mom taught me over the years.

Things I Learned from my Mom

I set the little table in the garden with a cheerful tablecloth, arranged champagne in an antique footbath, and matched the colors of the flowers to the napkins and tablecloth flowers and colors, using blue hydrangeas, white ranunculus, and cuttings of the bright green flowers from our hopseeds in the garden.

Beautiful blue hydrangea arrangement for spring
French Garden Party
READ: Things I Learned from my Mom >


Lavender Cocktails on the potting bench

Since June is the beginning of summer and outdoor entertaining, I set up our little black potting bench in the back garden for cocktails and appetizers before a summer BBQ.

Potting Bench with Peonies
Lavender Cocktails on the potting bench

I filled my antique watering can with pink peonies and a new kind of wax flower that I’ve never seen before but isn’t it so pretty? It has bigger clusters of the little pink flowers. Along with individual charcuterie cups made in antique French seedling pots, I shared tips on making large flower filled ice cubes and the recipe for the lavender cocktails.

French appetizers
READ: French Lavender Cocktails on the Potting Bench


Summer Patriotic Table Setting

In July, my favorite tabletop look to add a little elegance to your patriotic celebration. A slightly more elevated take on entertaining al fresco on the patio, this Summer Patriotic Table Setting works for 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and all summer long.

Summer is the absolute best time to entertain! Celebrating the outdoors, at a time of year when life moves a little bit slower, the perfect season to linger in our gardens with our family, dearest friends and/or new ‘friends to be’. Here at FrenchGardenHouse, it stretches our house to twice as big, and I jump at every chance to enjoy our outdoor space – because the garden is at its best.

Table set in French country garden set for summer dinner

Using a variety of red, white and blue antique plates mixed with red enameled plates and our favorite linen napkins, I added a small flag to each place setting for the holiday. Flowers are very simple white hydrangeas in an antique French candy jar, with a few flags.

Summer table setting for French Country party

For the perfect summer meal, make my friend Lisa’s Famous Brown Derby Restaurant Cobb Salad – find the recipe in the post!

READ: Summer Patriotic Table Setting >


French Country table for dinner party

I am always excited to welcome my favorite season! You too? A huge fan of embracing all things fall, the flavors of your favorite drinks and food, the scent of a crisp autumn breeze and the beautiful changing color palette of nature. This French Country Apple Orchard Arrangement is easy and a beautiful way to welcome fall!

French apple farm

This easy arrangement brings the orchard right into your home and it couldn’t be easier to make. With apple picking season in full swing and fall just days away, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the season with a beautiful French Country Apple Orchard Arrangement. Apples are so good for this “in-between” season, it’s still technically summer but I’m pretty sure that we’re all longing for fall. 

This arrangement doesn’t even have flowers! The apples take the place of big costly flowers so you can get away with far fewer blooms to create a show stopping arrangement. The rest are fillers, I filled the antique French pot with hypericum berries in both green and red, seeded eucalyptus, and cuttings from our variegated Weigela bushes in the back garden.

The table is set with an antique French linen sheet, red transferware plates and bowls, and simple French glasses. Each plate has a delicious apple on the linen napkin, with a sprig of rosemary from our garden.

beautiful fall apple and flower arrangement
READ: French Country Apple Arrangement


Sunflowers are the symbol of happiness, adoration, loyalty, and longevity. They bring in the sun! Lighten up chez vous with happiness, hope and smiling flower faces – sunflowers always bring the cheer. To help you make the most of these happy beauties, I shared some sunflower arranging tips – How to Arrange Sunflowers with Style – so that you can bring some of summer’s favorite flowers home to brighten your days.

We had the honor of hosting our eldest little person’s {she’s going to high school but I will probably think of her as my little people even when she’s an adult!!} Middle School family graduation party. She graduated in June, but this is when all the family could gather here at FrenchGardenHouse so we had the party in late August. Sunny sunflowers seemed the perfect celebratory flowers for her, she has a very sunny and happy nature. Simply arranged with white alstroemerias, seeded eucalyptus, wild chamomille and those darling yellow Craspedias {Drumstick Flower} the sunflowers brought the cheer!

READ: How to Arrange Sunflowers >


When the air turns crisp, bright bold hues tint the leaves, and the sky just looks bluer somehow, you know Autumn is here! Delight in the gorgeous colors of autumn with this beautiful pumpkin overflowing with the season’s brightest blooms. Not only will it add a festive fall touch to your table, it’s so easy to do! How To Make a Pumpkin Flower Arrangement DIY tips make this fun floral arrangement easy. I love how the flowers are ‘sandwiched’ in between the bottom and top half of the pumpkin.

I set our table in the kitchen for a casual dinner with friends using the pumpkin. Our round chambray linen placemats always add a nice textural element, and the linen IVY printed napkins from Europe are new, and were happily married to the antique French ironstone with black leaf design.

READ: How To Make A Pumpkin Flower Arrangement


Set an elegant and easy holiday table

Thanksgiving is the time to design a warm and cozy atmosphere for your family and friends.  I got my table setting started by choosing this gorgeous Linen Runner in a warm Cognac colorNapkins to match make for a beautiful autumn colored first layer.

Thanksgiving table
Thanksgiving scripture

Once I spied these big pomegranates, I knew I wanted to make the flower centerpiece in colors that echoed their color palette. These ruffled garden roses are amazing, aren’t they? Some seeded eucalyptus and pink red proteas complete the looks, and I tucked in two little white mini pumpkins. Usually I put these on a skewer, but because the base of this arrangement with the protea and seeded eucalyptus was pretty sturdy I could just place them in there and they stayed!

This was the perfect set up on our island to host some friends for appetizers, drinks and dessert.

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration
READ: Thanksgiving Table Inspiration


Christmas arrangements are the backbone of my Christmas decorating. I love styling little holiday moments around the house, mostly with fresh flowers and greens, and small antique decorative accents. You can turn a few of your last garden flowers into a festive holiday arrangement to use in your holiday home. Use what you have to make a beautiful Christmas Memories Floral Arrangement in minutes.

French Roses with red berries for Christmas
Christmas Memories Floral Arrangment

For this sweet little bundle of floral joy, I gathered some white French Lace roses, white alstroemeria, seeded eucalyptus, evergreens, and a few cranberry ranunculus from Trader Joe’s. A small Christmas arrangement like this can go anywhere, in your entrance hall, in your guest bathroom, on a little side table. The beauty of a small arrangement like this is that once these flowers fade, you can just pop in new flowers {after you change the water} and the greens will most likely last throughout the December month. I hope this December post inspired you to make your own sweet little flower arrangements!

READ: Christmas Memories Floral Arrangement

Thank you so much for joining me this past year for every Monday Morning Blooms! I know it is a favorite of many of you, and I truly cherish getting together with Mary and Pam and all of you to share our love of flowers and beauty.

I wish you a brilliant and blessed New Year ahead! May God bless each one of your days, and may you spread your individual talents and light in your family, and your community. I look forward to sharing every blog post with all of you in this new year.


Pam at Everyday Living
Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs
And me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse


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14 thoughts on “A Year in Flowers at FrenchGardenHouse”

  1. Pingback: A Year of Floral Inspiration in Review and Monday Morning Blooms – Home is Where the Boat Is

  2. Happy January Lidy, what beautiful look back at your year in flowers! I can’t tear my eyes away from those ruffled pink roses…swoon! Your floral creations always have your signature ‘FrenchGarden’ style, accompanied by your curated collections and antiques. I look forward to another year of sharing blooms and flower therapy with you and Pam. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with beautiful blooms. ♥

  3. Good morning and Happy New Year, Lidy! I love the beautiful scripture that you shared in your lovely graphics! Each month you provided gorgeous floral arrangements for us to enjoy. The Mother’s Day post is a favorite if I must choose. Your table setting in the garden is filled with charm! The blue hydrangeas and white ranunculus pair perfectly with the linens.

    I look forward to this new year sharing blooms and floral inspiration with you and Mary. Happy January, Lidy ❤️

    1. Pam, it’s such a joy to share our floral therapy days, isn’t it? How blessed I am to join hands with you and Mary on those Mondays, and share our love for flowers, our love for our heavenly Father, and our friendship. Thank you so much for your friendship, I’m so looking forward to our newest year in flowers together! xo

  4. Thank you for a year of beautiful flowers and inspiration Lidy! I love your flower arranging style, the arrangements always look casual, yet elegant! Happy New Year!

  5. Lidy, there is something about these MMB posts in review that has truly stirred renewed inspiration for me on each of yours, Mary’s & Pam’s posts today! I adore that St Patrick prayer, and the garden in May is so exhilarating with the table set for remembering Mom. As the year goes on, each tablescape, floral arrangement, and your antiquities just sing to me! Your June and November especially appetizers and drink set ups are really so lovely. The wax flowers and protea, just gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for the beauty you deliver, both in your blog and in your shop. Wishing you continued success, beauty and good health in 2024!

  6. Rita, thank you so much friend! I love it when you visit, and only wish we could visit in real life! Thank you for your encouragement, and also for all the beauty you share with all of us on your own blog. xo

  7. Denise Carlson

    Wow to see all the arrangements in one post is incredibly beautiful and inspiring! The talent and imagination is ever joyful to all who read Monday Morning Blooms, thank you for your time, talent and dedication I so appreciate you! Can’t wait to see what 2024 brings.

    1. Thank you so much Denise! It’s fun to look back at the year’s Monday Morning Blooms together. Can’t wait to see what 2024 brings, either, I wish you a blessed new year! Thank you so much for joining me here, I appreciate you!

  8. Gloria P

    Happy New Year to everyone. I love seeing all the arrangements throughout the year. I look forward to the flowers in the spring. It is the time to relax and count our blessings.

    1. FrenchGardenHouse

      Happy New Year Gloria! I’m looking forward to spending the next year ( and especially spring – you are right – that’s when flowers are at their most beautiful!- with all of you here. Xo Lidy

  9. Happy New Year Lidy, I so enjoyed looking back on the beautiful flower arrangements!
    As always love all your posts!

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