Niermann Weeks’ customers are conducting a love fest with our Gustavian Armchair. This chair sits really comfortably when you just sit down in it, and 90 minutes later you’re still comfy. After 90 minutes, it passes our comfort test, as we figure that the average dinner party lasts that long. We want you and your guests to focus on dinner and discussion and not to be squirming.
Right now we have 36 Gustavians running through our upholstery workshop. The first fabric to be applied is a faux snakeskin in iridescent pink, which gladdens my color-loving heart. The first chair is almost complete and looks really good. I do hope the designer will send me a photo of the set in the completed installation.
On a personal note, I’d like to brag. One of my hobbies is taking portraits of the flowers blooming in my garden. Just last weekend I was out staking my late bloomers like the giant zinnias and asters while ripping out the weeds that sneak into the spaces between the blooms. To discourage these weeds, I always put in a lot of Tassel Flowers (Emilia javanica) They grow on long spindly stalks and will climb up 30-45″, and the red blooms appear from early summer until the frost. The blooms are the size of an eraser on a pencil, but their intense coloration compensates for their size. In this photo the tassels form a nice contrast in color and texture to the seed heads on my Korean Clematis (Clematis serratifolia). Even better, these flowers also attract butterflies and hummingbirds, further adding to the beauty of my landscape.
Earlier this year I noticed a dusting of yellow pollen on a cluster of fiery red tassels, which the zoom on my camera caught as an efflorescence of pollen. Like a proud Mama, I submitted this photo to the American Horticultural Society and they published it in their September 2009
e-bulletin as the photo of the month. You have no idea how happy this has made me.
Photo of the Month
“Every year I grow tassel flowers (Emilia javanica) from seed for my garden. I first saw them in bloom in an oval bed at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and got the original seeds from their gift store.”