Sprays of colour and scent

Landscape (UK) - - In The Kitchen -

A hand­ful of brightly coloured pro­duce from the gar­den makes a wel­com­ing, farm­house-style place set­ting. Starry in­digo bor­age flow­ers set off loose crim­son nas­tur­tium blooms and ripen­ing or­ange toma­toes give a fruit­ful feel­ing of abun­dance. A sprig of flat pars­ley adds a touch of feath­ery green, al­low­ing all the colours to shine. The posy is placed on a folded grey ging­ham nap­kin, the muted colours of which high­light the bright tones of the flow­ers. The ef­fect is en­hanced with a ta­ble run­ner made from the same ma­te­rial, scat­tered with greater quan­ti­ties of the same plants. Cut­lery is pol­ished but placed in­for­mally, the whole ef­fect be­ing to put one at ease be­fore a boun­ti­ful late sum­mer feast.

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