Fall is in the air here in my neck of the woods, and what better time to show off some of Michigan’s harvest but with a Fall Sunflower and Apple Tablescape. I know sunflowers and apples grow in other states too but you have never had a more delicious apple than the ones grown in Michigan. This time of year you can drive by fields littered with sunny faces turned toward the sky with all the sunflowers in bloom, it’s pure majesty. And this is the perfect season for showing a simple fall tablescape using what nature provides. No fancy dishes or lit candles, just pure organic beauty.
This apple is a new variety to me, one that I have never tried. It’s called “Zestar” it’s an early variety so you can enjoy the apple season a little bit before the others selections are ripe. I like a firm apple that is sweet with a hint of zesty tart zing towards the middle, and these were perfect. Definitely an apple that I would purchase again. My family doesn’t like apple pie so I only buy them for eating. Have you ever heard of a family not liking apple pie? I love it but don’t make a whole pie for myself, because we all know what would happen, I would also have to eat that whole pie myself and my waist line surely doesn’t need that. Every now and again, I will dehydrate the apple slices to munch on like chips in the winter months.
There are two different kinds of sunflowers in the tablescape one with bright yellow petals and one with burnt orange and yellow petals. It’s so hard to decided which variety is more beautiful, so I won’t be partial, I’ll just admire them both. I was so disappointed when the deer ate my garden this year, I always grow sunflowers and this year I am missing them. They always brighten my day just by looking out at their golden faces.
As you can see my tablescape is very easy and affordable to do. I love that I will get enjoyment from the flowers and the apples will be eaten in the next couple of days. The wire basket it from Big Lots, the galvanized sap bucket was a flea market find, the gingham tablecloth was found at a garage sale and the yellow dinner plates are from Target. And the perfect place to show it all off is on my back porch in the early morning sunlight.
Speaking of my porch, this is the porch that is off the dining room where the two french doors are. I’m not sure if you noticed but hubby got busy this week and put the railing up. The deck went on two years ago, I can’t believe it was that long ago, and we never got around to putting a railing up. I never liked the idea of having a wooden railing with wooden slat spindles I always thought it would block our beautiful view. Our ponds are back here and we see so many deer and turkey in the field and near the water that I felt a chunky wooden rail would block us from seeing nature. So after two years of thinking on it, I decided hog panels would be perfect. They get narrower towards the bottom (to keep the piggies in) so it would be perfect also to keep people from putting a foot through and falling off the deck. This side of the house is on the second story on the back side of the cabin. I think hubby turned my vision into the perfect deck rail. He did it all in one day too, it is so nice to have a handy hubby.
Don’t forget there are 4 other bloggers sharing a tablescape with you today also, so drop by their place to get some great Fall Tablescape inspiration.