Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Spring Blooms

Welcome to Living with Thanksgiving. You are invited to step into spring today with fresh flowers, flowering dishes, and a spring garden salad. 

I'm joining a group of bloggers for a spring blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree from the blog, Celebrate and Decorate. Chloe began a series of blog hops for each season in 2016 and it is still going strong. 
You can view my two previous spring tablescapes below with the following links: Spring is in the Air and Spring Girlfriend Luncheon.

Thank you, Chloe, for all your hard work organizing these fun blog hops. A schedule is listed at the bottom of this post with links to numerous tablescapers with spring in mind.

Now with spring in mind, my tablescape features Botanic Garden Portmeirion plates with flowers and butterflies. 

I don't know which plate is my favorite because I have never met a flower I didn't like.  Sweet peas remind me of my daughter-in-love's bridesmaid's bouquets. 
Green cabbage Bordallo Pinheiro chargers, white Ikea chargers and rattan chargers make up the plate stack.

The napkins were a gift from my daughter-in-love. I was touched that she went to the trouble to search on Etsy for vintage napkins that matched my purple stemware. It was also fun to use my butterfly napkin rings again since all the plates have butterflies. It won't be long before butterflies are fluttering through our gardens. 
At first glance, I thought the flower on this plate was a lily but it is an azalea.
The azaleas in my garden are a little early this spring. I believe we are about two weeks ahead of our usual flowers.

Portmeirion is made in England and is dishwasher, microwave, freezer, and oven to table safe.
It pairs well with the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage dishes I think.
Foxgloves are high up on my favorite flower list. I haven't grown any in a number of years and have missed them.
Primroses which are harbingers of spring seemed to fit my table as a choice for a centerpiece. I was fortunate to find some on a trip out of town last week. 
I love the variety of primrose colors. 
Primroses are hardy in zones 3-8 and perform best in humus-rich soil in partial shade. I plan to plant them in my garden with hopes they will survive our hot summer weather. 

My spring salad was picked partially from garden flowers with violas, marigolds, and sprigs of fennel. Butterhead lettuce and grapefruit slices combine with the edible flowers for a light spring salad. 

 An article in a recent issue of Traditional Home magazine was my inspiration for my salad as well as this salad with edible flowers I enjoyed in Amboise, France, last May.

I have to confess I forgot that Chloe had planned an Easter tablescape blog hop, for April 1- 5, when I added the bunnies to my table. Since I will be out of town for the blog hop at least I got to use my new bunnies from Home Goods. We have a new store in a nearby town and I am a happy camper.
And... since I am confessing. I broke my rule not to buy any more dishes! The Portmeirion plates showed up at our TJMax store last fall and I succumbed to temptation.

In my neck of the woods we have been enjoying spring flowers and temperatures complete with pollen but it is in the forties today with a forecast of 33 tonight and 28 tomorrow night.

 Yesterday, I was attending a funeral very near the area in Alabama hard hit by the tornadoes so I am not complaining about a little cold weather. My heart hurts for the loss of lives and property of the people in areas of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida on Sunday. 
 I am also well aware that many of you reading this have been dealing with record snowfall and harsh cold weather for a long time this winter and others have suffered from severe flooding. It does seem as if the weather has been severe this past year with fires, hurricanes, and storms.  

I am so glad you joined me today. The friendships I have made blogging have been very rewarding. 

Please enjoy visiting the blogs below and leave them a comment so they will know you enjoyed their tablescapes. 


Living Thankfully,
Joining: Celebrate and Decorate, Tablescape Thursday, and Dishing it and Digging It.


  1. So beautiful and springy Bonnie! Portmeirion Botanic Garden is my everyday pattern and it certainly adds a little daily flower therapy this time of the year when our nonstop rain and cold weather! I love your pretty plate stack with the cabbage leaf plates and white chargers. The rattan placemats are reminiscent of flower petals! The primroses are beautiful as a centerpiece along with your spring salads and sweet bunnies! As always it’s a pleasure to have a virtual seat at your table and blog hop with you. ♥

  2. Wonderful dishes and stunning azaleas!!!

  3. Beautiful table, and I love all the flowers. I think I would have succumbed to the temptation too if those plates were on sale, LOL!! Rabbits speak of spring to me too, and I leave my collection out for several months when the weather begins to warm up.

  4. Bonnie, a beautiful table. I love your use of lavender and your vintage napkins are so pretty and perfect with your tablecloth. Your centerpiece is lovely, I do hope the primroses will survive your heat. Wishing you a wonderful week.

  5. Bonnie, this is gorgeous! I love the purple base cloth and stemware, a perfect springboard for all the blooming colors of your Portmeirion and your centerpiece. Your dil was so thoughtful to find the napkins for you, and they're a smart coordination to the solid. Even the salad pops with color, and the bunnies are adorable. Incredible that you're already seeing the azaleas bloom and pollen blanket your region, and so very tragic for your region to see the devastation too. It's hard enough to upend one's life in a planned way, but to have everything shaken without warning must be the ultimate challenge in faith. I pray for those affected to have the resolve to pick up the pieces and begin again.

  6. Bonnie, I believe great minds do think alike (LOL)! I have always loved Botanic Garden and bought mine last spring at TJ Maxx! You have set a beautiful spring table with the purple tablecloth as a background for a lovely plate stack, stemware, and the vintage napkins that your DIL gave you. I love the primroses as your centerpiece and the salad looks so healthy and delicious. I always enjoy blog hopping with you...wishing you a beautiful Tuesday!❤️

  7. Those portmerion dishes are wonderful and the green cabbage dishes below really enhance them. The purple stemware and lovely napkins are the perfect touch but I have to say that center arrangement with primrose really made me smile! Aren’t you lucky to already be experiencing spring. I will have to wait a while longer since we are still blanketed in snow!

  8. I have been trying NOT to buy the Pomeirion plates for years, they are so pretty, but I am enjoying them through my friends that have them! Your table is lovely and how smart to serve a Spring salad with flowers! Spring means bunnies in my book, it doesn't have to be Easter! Love the centerpiece with the different color blooms. I was worried about you during the storms Bonnie, I am so glad you and your beautiful garden were not impacted by anything but cold temps. My heart hurts as I hear more and more tragic stories about the tornado victims and their families...

  9. Bonnie what a joy to look at your tablescape. I love primroses, especially yellow and I see that pop of color in your centerpiece. The flowers on your dinner plates have always been a favorite of mine....and the lovely pale lavender tablecloth matches your DIL's pick for napkins. great job on all fronts. Oh, and I can't forget the butterfly napkin rings. I adore butterflies. So glad we are on the same blog hopping team.

  10. I knew that was Portmerion the second I saw the first photo. I love that china. I have resisted but I sometimes wonder how long. I have way too many sets of china, many that barely get used. Which reminds me, today I need to switch to some springier dishes! Your table is beautiful and the salad -- yum!

  11. Everything looks so lovely! I love your plates and napkin rings. The colors on your table complement each other so well. So excited to be a part of the blog tour! Have a great day! Hugs!

  12. What a special table Bonnie, full of spring. I love the tablecloth color as the backdrop, one of my favorite colors for spring and Easter. It was so sweet of your DIL to search for matching napkins. The flowers on the plates and the chargers make a lovely stack. Portmeirion is a favorite of mine. My MIL gave me her collection with Birds of Britain. Primroses are a favorite here too. They really compliment your spring table setting. Of course the salad is the perfect one for your table with the editable flowers. I haven't had flowers to make this in way to long, guess I need to get back in the garden. This is one of my favorites table settings from you, just lovely. Happy March Bonnie.

    Yes, it is devastating what happened in southeast AL, GA and FL. The tornado was so much like the one that hit Tuscaloosa. Prayers for those lost souls and so much damage.

  13. The vivid colors here are so pretty as are all of the flowers.

  14. Lovely display. The bunnies are cute. Your flowers are gorgeous.

  15. Love the pretty color scheme and pairing off dishes on this inviting table. So sorry about the funeral trip and terrible situation in Alabama.

  16. Bonnie, I feel like I am in a very lush and flourishing garden when I see your table. I love your primrose centerpiece and foiled bunnies. Perfect with your floral and cabbage plates. The contrast of bold and soft colors really make the tablescape bloom like that in nature. So lovely.

  17. Oh, I love everything about this post and especially the gorgeous dishes. I have the Portmeirion Pomona, tons and tons of it and the Portmeirion Birds. I love Portmeirion, such beautiful dishes. Thanks for dropping by!

  18. Bonnie, you have set a beautiful spring table, I feel as if I am on a lovely garden tour. I love the way you framed each flowered plate with the cabbage plates and the chargers, it makes for a wonderful plate stack. I bet it will be hard to stick to your no new dishes rule with a new HomeGoods nearby now!! Always a wonderful to hop with you!

  19. I love your primrose centrepiece. I always have a few around the house in spring. The cabbage leaf plates and bowls are so fun. And, the botanical plates are perfect for spring. A pleasure sharing in this blog hop with you!

  20. Oh I love every lovely floral detail--from the dishes to your azaleas! So pretty! Happy to be joining you for the tablescape hop this week! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  21. We all succumb to temptation every now and then, Bonnie! Your Portmeirion plates are so pretty, and look so nice on your dish stack. That was so sweet of your daughter in love to find those pretty napkins. I just love your primroses used as your centerpiece, Bonnie, and in such a pretty container. Great job!

  22. Your table is so pretty and the portmerion dishes are lovely. The butterfly napkin rings may be one of my favorite things. I pinned your beautiful table. Hugs!

  23. It's a beautiful table with a looking delicious salad!

  24. Beautiful Bonnie..I always like the centerpieces you make for your tables. Let us know if the primroses survive in our warm /hot south!
    Love, Mona

  25. Bonnie, your table is lovely with your Portmeirion Botanic Garden I would of bought them too if I saw them. They seem to be quite popular. The primrose is so pretty. A lovely spring salad to enjoy. You d-i-l found some pretty napkins. Always a pleasure Bonnie to view your pretty tablescapes.

  26. Bonnie, I know how temptation can happen! I promised not to buy any more dishes, but I have broken that promise several times. I don't blame you one bit. The Botanic Garden pattern is so pretty and looks perfect on your spring table. Everything looks beautiful and those Primroses are stunning! Happy Spring, sweet friend!!! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  27. Bonnie, your Spring table is lovely! I love the plate stack with the Portmerion flower plates atop the cabbage plates. The rattan chargers add nice texture. The raised metal basket of primroses makes the perfect centerpiece. The butterfly napkin rings are also a nice touch. I'd love to pull up a chair and try some of that salad! It's a pleasure hopping with you. Happy Spring!
    Rebecca @ Zucchini Sisters

  28. Bonnie, thanks for sharing such a pretty tablescape with beautiful dishes ~ the flower designs are gorgeous. I can't say which is my favorite either. I love primroses (but can't grow them!) and they make such a sweet centerpiece. Your little bunnies are precious ~ and it's never too early for bunnies.

  29. What a stunning tablescape! I love the dishes (I am always pacing back and forth in forth in front of them at Home Goods trying to have discipline!) and the cabbage bowls with the artful salads! The primroses are delightful!

    So happy to be joining you for this hop. Have a beautiful spring!

  30. Oh Bonnie, I adore this tablescape. Girl....those cabbage chargers are my favs! LOVE THEM! The centerpiece is breathtaking. You always do the pretties tables. I have been wanting to do a Spring/Easter Table but just have been under the weather and trying to get my mojo back. Maybe your table is the inspiration I needed. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  31. What a beautiful table, Bonnie. I love the primrose centerpiece.

  32. Yes, things like the devastation of the tornadoes put it all in focus, don't they? A little cold weather somehow seems like a gift.

    Your table is glorious. I have a soft spot for Portmerion china, though I have refrained (so far) from adding yet another pattern to my collection. Truly looking like spring.

  33. Oh my goodness, what an absolutely beautiful Spring tablescape! I love the dishes and what gorgeous azaleas and Spring flowers! I look forward to hopping with you each time!

  34. Your table is absolutely gorgeous! I love the floral dishes and the vintage napkins that match beautifully! Those primroses and azaleas are just amazing! I am so happy to be on this blog hop with you!

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