The much-awaited peonies are blooming, and it’s time to celebrate.

The soft pink shades go with almost anything; this year, I’ve settled on a sage green palette with peachy-coloured true Depression glass, produced from 1928 to 1940 and aptly named June Pink by Fostoria.

Spode has introduced a riff on four William Morris patterns, described on their website:

Morris & Co.’s heritage patterns in a soft pastel palette, this stunning set of plates will add a subtle, cottage-core touch to your kitchen. This mix-and-match collection has been created to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Morris & Co., rejoicing in the uniquely beautiful, iconic designs – including Strawberry Thief, Honeysuckle, Golden Lily and Blackthorn.

Probably the most recognizable is the Strawberry Thief pattern.

I don’t know the original colourway for Strawberry Thief, but modern versions include this navy one.

Strawberry Thief by William Morris

And this pattern is more of a denim blue.

The Honeysuckle plate sports a delightful dusty pink flower.

Golden Lily is a complex design—it’s hard to spot the lilies among all the foliage.

Whereas Blackthorn has a good deal more white space.

Here’s the whole lot. Which do you like best?

I’m thrilled with the peonies and think I like Strawberry Thief the best.

Though it’s a dense pattern, the birds offer a focal point and a rest for the eye.

And Blackthorn comes a close second for the same reason.

Glorious June.

The sun is shining, the days are balmy, and summer officially starts in a couple of weeks.

Lest I forget, the cream dinner plates are similar vintage to the glasses, though they were produced for much longer (1929-1970); they’re Jewel, also by Spode. The larger, green plates are modern: Cambria in Celedon, by Pottery Barn (discontinued).

Oh – one last thing. A feast for the stomach, as well as the eye: Ginger Rhubarb Coffee Cake. Might as well put those plates to good use!

Streusel-topped buttery cake studded with morsels of tender, sour-sweet rhubarb.

Have a great weekend, all.