Saturday, March 28, 2020

Easter Tea in the Garden

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You are invited Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to a Easter Tablescape Blog Hop. Hope to see you Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Spring is Coming!

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We have signs of spring everywhere! Daffodils, snowdrops, and tulips are blooming, and robins are everywhere! Our azaleas are even blooming early! However,  because of our cold and rainy days recently, spring seems far away. So we will just have to make springtime on our tables for now. 
Please join me today as I participate with a group of tablescapers for a blog hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate. If you are coming over from Harbor Breeze welcome. The links for each blog participating are available at the end of the post. Spring decorating inspiration abounds.


"The trees began to whisper and the wind began to roll and in the wild March morning, I heard them call my soul. "Alfred Lord Tennyson
I snapped this quick picture after I conditioned my flowers. Normally, I am in a hurry and I don't take the time to condition flowers overnight but I did this time. 
It has either been cloudy or raining almost every day since I bought my flowers for the spring tablescape hop. I made this picture one evening just to remember I did have fresh flowers because I was afraid I wasn't going to get to photograph my table with these flowers because there was no light. To complicate the matter I live on a very wooded lot so my home is dark on a normal day.
I haven't personally had any stock before so it was a treat for me. They have the sweetest fragrance. I found two shades of pink stock, purple alstroemeria, and white hydrangeas at Trader Joes on my way home from my daughter's home. It is incredible how reasonably priced their flowers are. The stock was $2.99 a bunch.
I love the gold stand for this urn but it makes the arrangement much taller and harder to photograph. In the room, it looks nice to be large. My ceilings are high so something taller looks better.
I found this sweet pink votive recently while visiting my daughter in a decorating shop. It made a perfect vase for some spring bouquet flowers. 

The spring bouquet flowers grow as if they were ready to make an instant bouquet. Maybe that is how it got its name. My friend, Charlotte, has a large tree-like bush of spring bouquet and offered it for cutting. It also has a sweet fragrance. This is a great scrub for your garden and she says it has pretty berries around Christmas.
I also bought myself some beautiful Lenton Roses. I have enjoyed them on my dining room buffet. They came in three colors. I bought the Helleborus Ice N' Red and Helleborus Ice Rose. It also came in a white. They grow 12-24 inches high in Zones 5-9. It is a free-flowering perennial. Rose flowers stay dark rose as they age and they last until late spring. I will be planting mine in my woodlawn garden and hoping they will rebloom next year.
'I shopped the house' for dishes to use for this table and literally took the rose medallion plates off my wall. Years ago, I started collecting rose medallion because I liked it. I didn't realize how many I had and six was definitely enough to set a table. The price tags are still on the back of the plates because I don't want my children tossing these antique plates away.  Three of them are unmarked. That means they date earlier than 1890 when the U.S. required the date. 
Rose medallion is a 19th and 20th-century Chinese export porcelain. Rose medallion has a central medallion of a rose, peony, or even birds. The dominant colors are usually pastel pinks and greens and can include red, blue, orange, yellow or gold.
The rose medallion vase used for the flowers and ginger jars and footbath on the buffet is not antique rose medallion. They are reproductions and are around 25-30 years old.
I switched out the mirrored runner for the round mirrored tray shown here. Which do you like best?

I normally use this tray on my coffee table.

I normally use a tablecloth mostly because it does help lighten up my room.


Would you believe I just took all the dishes off the table and put on a tablecloth? It is still so dark outside it really didn't help much.  I snapped a quick cell phone pic.




"No winter lasts forever: no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland

Spring is coming! It really is! I can't wait!πŸŒΊπŸ’πŸŒΌ
If you are coming over from Harbor Breeze welcome. Check out all the links below for Spring Tablescape Inspiration.

Home is Where the Boat Is
Panoply
My Family Thyme
Red Cottage Chronicles
The Painted Apron
Everyday Living
Debbee's Buzz
From My Carolina Home
Home and Gardening with Liz
Create With Cynthia
Bluesky at Home
Harbour Breeze
Living With Thanksgiving
Katherine's Corner
My Thrift Store Addiction
The Little Yellow Corner Store
Sweet Sensations
Belle Blue Interiors
Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Zucchini Sisters
Life and Linda
Intelligent Domestications
First Day of Home
White Arrows Home
Calypso in the Country
Celebrate & Decorate