grey and white in the garden

by Sharon Santoni


A busy day today, but a glimpse at my autumn garden … and not an orange leaf in sight!!

I hope you’re not fed up with my white dahlias,  I just can’t keep my eyes off them,

and the more I pick, the more heads grow!


This week it is all about grey and white –
pumpkins  in my potager this year are all creamy white.




My little bit of garden fun for today.

A grey and white vignette for a very grey day.
From me to you with best blogging love!  🙂


Corrine October 17, 2012 - 4:29 pm

Dear Sharon, I am so enamoured of your white dahlias, I can't tell you. They are glorious.

In a declined neighborhood on my way to somewhere else, there is one little house, well maintained, painted white with green trim and a picket fence. Crisp white curtains in the windows. On the small stretch of garden along the fence this lady has grown the most glorious dahlias I have ever seen. For years and years, always the same, yellow. This is a bright spot along a highway surrounded by derelict properties, a car wash and a quick change oil garage. Long live the dahlia.

Your posts always brighten my day. This one, no exception. thank you.

Pamela RG October 17, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Such beautiful white dahlias. Sharon, you always create stylish vignettes to share with us. Merci!

LA CONTESSA October 17, 2012 - 5:06 pm

I could never tire of YOUR GARDEN!Makes me think today what happened to MY DAHLIAS!!!!!!!Hardly any came up this year!A GOFFER??

Sandy @ You May Be Wandering October 17, 2012 - 5:20 pm

The dahlias are fabulous! And the photos are spectacular! Thank you for sharing!!

WhiteWhispers2u October 17, 2012 - 5:39 pm

So pleasing! Loving all your loot to boot, I want it all.~Cheers Kim

Our French Inspired Home October 17, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Love the grey pitchers. Lucky you not having an orange leaf. Ours are not only orange, but mostly on the ground from some storms that came through. Have a great day! – Tonya

I Dream Of October 17, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Gorgeous, Sharon! Love this color combination and your garden is lovely. Sending sunshine on a gray day! XO

Anonymous October 17, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Your dahlias are beautiful, as are all your flowers! May I ask, we receive your photos of your "loot shoots", but I never see the items listed for sale. Do you sell them in a shop in France? Send them to USA? There are so many lovely items, it would be nice to have the chance to buy them. Hugs! Rie

Yvonne @ StoneGable October 17, 2012 - 6:06 pm

What a glorious fall vignette! Your dahlias are creamy perfection against the galvanized grey! Beautiful!

Kristie Franklin October 17, 2012 - 6:17 pm

I love the white and grey vignette. I'm not a big fan of the color orange or autumn colors as far as decorating goes so your display is right up my alley! 🙂 It's unusual!

SusieQ25 October 17, 2012 - 6:24 pm

I've never seen a white pumpkin, do they have orange flesh?

Latrisha October 17, 2012 - 6:49 pm

Simply lovely in every way!

Mise October 17, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Ah, I knew it was your blog, Sharon, at the very first glimpse of an image in my reader – that milky grey and white combination is deliciously French. I envy you the magnificent dahlias.

sharon santoni at my french country home October 17, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Thank you for asking the question Rie! Yes is the answer … it's just that the summer has been too hectic for me to keep the store up to date, but I'll shortly be announcing a big arrival of new stuff available


Geli October 17, 2012 - 9:30 pm

Hello Sharon! What a wonderful decoration. Your dahlias are soooo beautiful! Best wishes, Geli

hopflower October 17, 2012 - 9:53 pm

Love those white dahlias! I will have to add some to my collection.

Cotton Peony October 17, 2012 - 9:57 pm

I'd pick those beauties too! Adorable and creamy looking. Now are those squashes or wee mini pumpkins?

warm hugs,

Cotton Peony

sharon santoni at my french country home October 17, 2012 - 10:22 pm

These are actually called 'patisson' in french. They come in white or yellow and are part of the pumpkin family.

Garden, Home and Party October 17, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Gray and white is such a soothing combination and your dahlias are amazing, I especially love them in white.

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone October 17, 2012 - 11:23 pm

My favorite color combo, Sharon!! Inside or outside 🙂 Your dahlias are gorgeous, and would look divine in those tall pitchers. Merci ~

Diane James Home October 17, 2012 - 11:23 pm

Gorgeous! I can't believe how beautiful your dahlias are so late in the season – another feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing, as always, Cynthia

Lorrie Orr October 17, 2012 - 11:54 pm

Beautiful autumn serenity. I'm not a great fan of oranges and yellows myself. My white dahlias are still stunning, too. But almost too big for a vase since they are dinner plate size. I'm going to get a smaller variety next year.

Emily October 18, 2012 - 12:08 am

Simply lovely and this post had a very calming effect as I popped in…at the end of a busy day! White dahlias are now among my new faves in the garden!

Mem October 18, 2012 - 12:28 am

I love the white….orange and brown are not my favorites…reminds me of bad fashions of the '70's, yuck! Remember, the bell-bottom pants, the horrid patterns on shirts, the long sideburns,….. and you fill-in the rest!

Susan @ Afford Your Passions October 18, 2012 - 2:29 am

Gorgeous pictures, Sharon – thanks for sharing!

The Rusty Heart October 18, 2012 - 2:33 am

This is beautiful! Great pictures, I just love it!

The Blue Farmhouse October 18, 2012 - 2:49 am

I love dahlia's and of course I love the blue shutters in the background!

Silvana October 18, 2012 - 2:49 am

Great and beautiful pictures!

Anonymous October 18, 2012 - 5:52 am

Your flowers are beautiful. I love the zinc pitchers!!:

Amelia October 18, 2012 - 5:57 am

Speaking for myself, I'll never get tired of looking at those beautiful dahlias from your garden. A beautiful vignette of white with the blue shutter as a backdrop.

Thanks Sharon!

Nell October 18, 2012 - 8:33 am

Merveilleuse mise en scène pour ces dalhias et patissons. J'aime beaucoup votre automne en blanc

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Linda Stansbury October 18, 2012 - 2:02 pm

I'm so envious that you still have such beautiful flowers in your garden. I love dalhias! Everything is gone here except for newly planted pansies, and a few mums… Keep posting your dalhia pictures. They always brighten my day!

peggy braswell October 18, 2012 - 4:02 pm

ahh white dalhias + white pumpkins. Stunning!

Colleen Taylor October 18, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Stunning arrangement and photographs Sharon. Nor am I a fan of orange. This is my first time commenting here on your lovely and well written blog. I look forward to this every day. Thank you Sharon.

Mrs. Sutton October 18, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Gorgeous – this is a perfect colour palette, and so stylish. I hunted high and low for white pumpkins/gourds, but could only find orange, but the kids love them so hey-ho! Your vignette is stunning (and far more adult – lol!).
Paula x

CWoodyard October 18, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Great combination with the blue shutter shining through your grey day! Great vignette, again. Tnanks, Cynthia

kathryn cain October 20, 2012 - 5:29 am

My creativity now is shown on my blog…playing with all kinds of stuff. Retired, started as unemployed and then decided to retire…38 years is I am loving what I do now…funny how yu fall into this..
Fashion love the pics…still love the fashion world.But enjoy not having to get dressed each morning….and your flowers how yummy

Jeremy Beauregard October 23, 2012 - 10:41 pm

Who would ever get tired of looking at those flowers? Certainly not me! 🙂 I think the pitchers did great in enhancing the setting. In a way, they made ‘old’ and ‘rusty’ surprisingly appealing. I would like to see how this particular part complements the whole garden.


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