Elephant ears

Caladium. Back of store.” Probably Friars Point, Mississippi, ca. 1920, by Milton McFarland Painter Sr., via Mississippi Department of Archives and History Commons on flickr (cropped slightly by me).

Milton McFarland Painter Sr. was a self-taught photographer from Coahoma County, Mississippi. He took at least 1,073 photos of his community and his vacation travels from about 1912 to the 1920s.

Banquet tablescape

“Table set in preparation for a banquet at Queens Hotel, Townsville,” Queensland, ca. 1885, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland on flickr.

Click on the image to enlarge it.  Or, even better, you can click on ‘via’ above and then on that image to zoom around all the details. (I love all the various ways the napkins are folded.)

Or, if you would like to see some creative current table arrangements made by other garden bloggers, please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a vase on Monday.”

July Bloom Day: my caladium

Sorry, I’m a day late for Bloom Day. . .

caladium bloom

The most interesting blooms in the garden this month are on my caladium, almost entirely hidden underneath its leaves.

caladium leaves

I never considered that caladiums could bloom — I think their showy leaves are usually thought of as substitutes for flower color.  However, when they do, online advice says to cut off the spathes to keep all nutrients going to the leaves.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is the 15th of every month. To see what’s blooming this week in other bloggers’ gardens, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Follow Up is today, the 16th of every month. Check out more beautiful leaves at Digging.