Monday, June 4, 2018

Spring and Summer Garden

We had a glorious spring beginning in mid March with azaleas, bridal wreath, daffodils, iris, and amaryllis blooming. We actually had a winter this year with sustained days of cold weather and it made a huge difference in everyone's shrubs and flowers. All the flowers were more prolific and the colors more vibrant. I can remember winters that we didn't need to wear coats but this year we were pulling out heavy coats and sweaters we had not worn in years. 

Daffodils are one of the first spring bulbs to grace us with their beauty. I always am excited when I see them coming up knowing that spring will soon be here.
George Tabor pink and Mrs. G.G.Gerbing white azaleas have the most pleasant fragrance and this year they were especially pretty all over town.

This picture was made as the sun was coming up early one spring morning. I actually remember it was on my birthday, March 22nd.
All along my driveway I have a variety of azalea colors.
I finally had a few iris to bloom this year and hoping more will bloom next year. They have been moved several times in hopes they would do better in other spots.
 My amaryllis are multiplying and I am so happy about that.

 This was an early morning shot with the morning sun glistening through the trees.

Bridal wreath bloomed right on time in March.

I set a tea table in front of the bridal wreath which can be viewed here.

 I was pleased the salvia came back after a cold winter. It's on my list to plant more.

My clemantis is so faithful and always delights. I love perennials that come up year after year right on time. I lost my white clemantis and want to replace it.
In south Alabama we consider summer in full swing on Memorial Day in late May. So now you will be seeing my summer flowers that started blooming in May.

Lace  cap hydrangea.

Merritt Pink Hydrangea

Several of my hydrangeas are very large. This one was larger than my dinner plate. We have had quite a lot of rain and hydrangeas love water.

Last week one of my friends asked if she could bring several friends and walk through my garden. I couldn't resist setting up a tablescape among the hydranges.  I was itching to use the tablecloth again that Rita@Panoply gave me with my hydrangeas in mind. You can see the post about Rita's gift here. I also opened up a box of dishes that had been stored for 35 years. These Blue Garland Johann Haviland Bavarian plates were my mothers from the 1970's.

I cut gardenias, some Nikko Blue hydrangeas and a few pieces of dusty miller for an arrangement. Did you know that dusty miller won't die back from the cold ( in our area at least) and I was glad to find out you can root it.

 The gardenias pictured above I rooted from an old fashioned variety that has large blossoms. It rooted very easily in our sandy soil.

I enjoyed sharing my spring and early summer garden with you today. Thanks for stopping by. I have been on a trip and have been sick so I have missed everyone for the last month.

Today,  Pam @Everyday Living is starting her Gardens Galore Link Up Party for another season. Be sure and stop by Pam @Everyday Living today and see all the garden posts.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Heirloom China Tea Set

We have enjoyed a beautiful spring. I love the delicate scent of wisteria and thought the purple color of the flowers would accent this lovely vintage tea set with violets. Yes, I was blessed to receive the teapot and sugar and creamer along with the china that I posted about here
 I'm glad you joined me today. Relax, imagine listening to the birdsong, smelling the intoxicating scent of the wisteria, the warm of the spring sunshine on your shoulders, sipping tea out of delicate china cups and savoring the taste of  delicious cupcakes.
Upon close observation the teapot, plates and cups and saucers are different patterns but they look lovely together. The plates and some cups and saucers are Embassy Ware Bone China, Fondeville, England and some of the cups and saucers are Radfords Bone China, England and Adderley Bone China also English.
Let me share a little history that I know about the china. Google says it was made in the 1940's and 1950's. My husband's Aunt Joyce from Houston, Texas, received this china from her aunt who lived in New York City. She used it for years and now has graciously given it to us. It must have been fun for Aunt Verna to collect this china in the 40's and 50's.  

I absolutely adore the shape of the teapot. It is Victorian Violets from England's Countryside made in England by Hammersly. The gold gilding is so pretty and the delicate sprays of violets make my heart sing.
Wonderful memories of picking wild violets in the woods come to my mind and warm my heart when I think about describing this sweet pattern.

The shape of the creamer and sugar are equally beautiful. The plates have a pretty scalloped and ribbed design with gold trim.

Can you imagine the taste of this decadent cupcake?
And sipping a great cup of tea that just tastes better out of a china teacup?

I was so pleased my bridal wreath was blooming to be a backdrop in the garden for a spring tea party. The pound cake cupcakes came from a little shop near my home and I have to be careful to limit my stops there. 
I love tea parties and a tea set passed down to three generations is quite special. Feeling blessed to share about it today.
Have a wonderful week.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dessert in the Garden

I received the nicest surprise in the mail recently from Rita @Panoply. 
This lovely vintage tablecloth and napkins as well as the nostalgic milk glass cake plate were part of her purge that she offered to bloggers. 
I love vintage things and enjoy knowing their history. Rita said the cake stand came from the estate of a widow that was downsizing and her kids called her the black widow because she outlived four husbands.

I was thrilled to receive these wonderful items that she acquired at estate sales. She and her sisters have a booth at their local antique mall  in Charleston,West Virginia. If I ever get to West Virginia I plan to visit Rita and their shop.

I also received a Fiesta vase that I will use in another post. Rita thought I might enjoy this tablecloth in my garden when the hydrangeas bloom and I certainly will. However, I told her I could not wait that long to use it. Fortunately, my bridal wreath was blooming and provided a nice backdrop to show off my new cake stand and tablecloth.
My mother had a cake stand like this which explains my nostalgia about a milk glass cake plate.  My sister has it so I am very happy to have one of my own now. I told Rita I was going to make a homemade coconut cake and photograph the cake plate.  I have been craving a coconut cake but by the time I could make a cake my bridal wreath probably would not be as pretty. So, I bought one and was pleasantly surprised how good it was.
Using  fresh hydrangea leaves under the cake is something I learned from Ina Garten years ago. I also use them under Brie or other cheeses for appetizers.

 I wish Rita and I could enjoy a piece of coconut cake and a glass of iced tea together. Maybe one day that will happen. Thank you so much Rita, for your generosity and friendship. Enclosed in the package was the nicest handwritten note which is so rare these days.

Have a beautiful week.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Spring Is In The Air

Welcome to a  Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate and join me in my garden with a springtime tablescape. Please enjoy visiting each blogger's tablescape listed on the schedule at the bottom of this post.

                      The Violet

 Down in a green and shady bed
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head,
As if to hide from view.

And yet it was a lovely flower,
No colours bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.

Yet there it was content to bloom;
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused its sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.

Then let me to the valley go,
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility. 

Jane Taylor (1783-1824)

Jane Taylor also wrote the childhood poem," Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."

This lovely china was given to me by my husband's aunt. It had been passed down to her from her aunt and she has used it for years. Now, I am honored to use it, as well as her tablecloth and the thumbprint glasses.

Spring is a happy time of new beginnings and refreshes our spirits.

It was a beautiful spring day warm enough for an Alfresco outing in my garden. The grass has greened up, the azaleas are especially pretty this year and the bridal wreath, and dogwoods are blooming here in south Alabama. Easter is just around the corner and egg hunts are planned around our community. Seeing the children scamper hunting eggs is a delight. Spring brings new life and beautiful blossoms and is such a time of renewal. Spring brings us Easter for a time of renewal and appreciation for the Savior of the world that gave himself for our sins.  

Be sure to visit all the blogs below for a Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate and Decorate. 
 Spring is in the air!