I have always wanted to host a garden party under a big tree strung with lights. A night filled with “dark, tremulous, elfin loveliness” as Anne says.I had big ideas about having 20 girls dressed like Georgina Woodhouse from Greenfingers or wearing Edwardian lace but in the end what my heart really desired was to make a garden themed dinner for a few close friends. I set up a little lounge under the dogwood. Its petals are just about to blush!
And what better friends than the Kindreds? They are writers and gardeners and lovers of fanciful things! They each brought a little num and other delights, Joey brought a big bouquet of fairy flowers from her garden, Rachel brought elderflower and cassis cocktails, Stephanie picked a soundtrack, Marissa brought sweet Rubina, and Finn read a song he’d written about summertime. I nearly died of happiness! The five of us have this uncanny ability to always keep the laughter and enticing literary conversation going. We love each other so dearly and have bared eachother’s hearts over the last couple of years. There’s magic in the treasuring and keeping of souls. I made pizzas and salads and dressing and desserts using scrumptious gardeny ingredients like enoki mushrooms, fiddleheads, watermelon beets, edible flowers, rose extract, rose petals and violas. And of course herbs from my garden and clover honey. I wanted to feel like we were winged creatures tasting nectar!
Then as it got dark we released 1,500 ladybugs into the roses!