Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Easter Tea in the Garden







Join me in the garden for an Easter tea. There is birdsong, a slight breeze, and beautiful sunshine. I just received a surprise gift of the beautiful flowers you see. They were perfect for the Easter Tablescape Blog Hop today sponsored by Chloe @Celebrate and Decorate. 

I had planned all along to use this tea set for my Easter tablescape. My husband's aunt passed this tea set down to me several years ago.(See former post with this tea set here) I dearly love to use it. However, I had no idea what flowers I could use.


Then voila! A friend offered me a bucket of flowers she rescued from being thrown away from an antique show. Check out my friend Sarah, on Instagram@ Spencecollection and show her some love there. She sells lovely antiques.


There were two shades of long stem roses and white hydrangeas. The bridal wreath is from my garden. I had a great time deciding on a container and setting the table. I've never had the luxury of arranging that many flowers!


"But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea." Jane Austin




The little white basket is my childhood Easter basket. My sister and I had matching baskets. I wouldn't take anything for this little basket. So many precious memories.


Please serve yourself a meringue. I'll pour you a cup of tea and we can have a nice chat!


The weather is so pleasant!
Imagine the lovely fragrance of these flowers. Pretty fragrances feed my soul!




But wait, there is more. Remember me telling you I'd never had the luxury of arranging so many roses. I was able to fill another watering can full of those gorgeous roses.


I've had a delightful morning in the garden. 




The birds were delightfully singing and I saw a couple of early butterflies gliding by. So, I decided to capture the scene on video. For me, it is always intimidating to talk on a video. It will be on my Instagram story if it doesn't load here properly. 


Amid the turmoil and fear with the effects of the Corona Virus, we all need assurance and trust. As I spent a pleasant morning in my garden styling this table I was not alone. This table was done weeks ago just as news of the virus spreading to New York was released. The words to this dear old hymn comforted me. 



God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Stay safe and healthy. Prayers for those affected by the virus, our government leaders and first responders. May God heal, protect, comfort us and give us great wisdom.
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  1. Bonnie, What a treat to join you in the garden this morning! There is nothing better than to spend some time in the garden enjoying some sunshine, bird song and fresh air during these uncertain times. Your surprise gift of the rescued flowers are so gorgeous and perfect for tea in the garden and in your watering can. I love your sweet heirloom tea set with the violets too. Thank you for sharing the hymn. It took me back to my childhood and I could hear my grandmother singing along as I reread the words. As always it’s a pleasure to hop with you and join you at the table. Happy Tuesday ♥

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  2. Bonnie, I have enjoyed my lovely visit with you in your garden. The tea set is beautiful and delicate, love the violet pattern! What a lovely gift of flowers especially during these times. The roses and hydrangeas are exquisite and I love presenting them in the watering cans. Many years ago, Butch was often asked to sing “In The Garden”. It is a beautiful old hymn not often heard anymore. Sitting in the garden with a breeze, birdsong, and a cup of tea is just about perfect my friend!

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  3. Bonnie, how lucky you were to be the recipient of those flowers from your friend to top off this gorgeous china! I love those tiny violets. I feel like Fenton tried to capture the beauty of such when they started producing "Violets in the Snow" in the late 60s. So, so delicately pretty your china is. And you have still have your Easter basket! Oh my goodness, how sentimental, all of this! Beautiful hymn. You calm my spirit with your presentation today. What a great way to start my day, thank you!

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  4. Bonnie, what a beautiful garden tea table! Being gifted a bucket of gorgeous flowers must have been wonderful, and you surely did them justice. How sweet that you still have your childhood Easter basket, it must hold many treasured memories. Stay safe, I hope you have a nice Easter. It is always such a pleasure to hop with you.🐇🌸

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  5. Bonnie, you shared the perfect song for our current situation. I keep hearing and love it too, All Is Well With My Soul.
    I can imagine what a wonderful morning you had in with this beautiful spring table in your garden. Those flowers are breathtaking. That beautiful purple tea set though! How wonderful that you still have your childhood Easter basket. Such sweet memories! I love that. Happy Easter Season!

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    1. It is well with my soul is so moving. Thanks for your sweet comment this morning.I appreciate your visit, Shirley.

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  6. Your tea set is beautiful, and I love that hymn--so timely! What a blessing to receive the rescued flowers from your friend. They're gorgeous! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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    1. Thank you Cecilia, I enjoyed arranging the flowers. So glad you enjoyed the old hymn.

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  7. Oh Bonnie, such a special friend who would think of you for those lovely roses. I'm sure it must have been such a pleasure to arrange them with their intoxicating fragrance. Your tea set is so lovely, and I've always loved that color for spring. And, a very special set that comes from your aunt. I know the basket means a lot, I have some of my childhood treasures and no, we wound trade them for anything. Such a lovely garden for you to enjoy while staying home. Be well Bonnie..........

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    1. Thank you, Emily. Your comments always lift my spirits. Thank you for your kind visit.
      Very dark here and wind and rain. Hope we don't loose power.

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  8. What a delight Bonnie! The flowers are gorgeous!! I am having flower withdrawal now since we can't go shopping! Your garden setting is such a lovely escape, and the heirloom tea set is beautiful...What an elegant way to enjoy a cup of Easter tea! Thanks for including the old hymn, so uplifting!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you Jemma! In the Garden's words have always touched my heart even as a little girl.

      Flower withdrawal indeed! My garden annuals were not finished but it will have to stay that way.

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    2. So sorry, Jenna. You and Jemma are probably going to see this again. Oops!

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  9. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing tea in your garden. I love that hymn, such comforting words. I just listened this morning to a podcast Steve Lawson did on Psalm 46:1. A very present help in trouble, indeed!

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    1. Thank you for the tip. I will check out his podcast.
      Thank you for your visit and kind comment. I am following you on Blog lovin.

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  10. Bonnie, how sweet your tea table is. Love that is outdoors on a beautiful day. What a lovely friend to give you beautiful flowers. The roses are so lovely. The purple tea set is gorgeous and it looks lovely on your Ester tea table. What a treasure to have from your aunt. The Hymn is very uplifting, especially in these trying times. Always a pleasure Bonnie to blog hop with you.

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    1. Yes, I am feeling blessed to have all of our blogging friends to inspire and encourage during this difficult time.

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  11. Lucky you receiving such pretty flowers! I am anxious for the warm weather to be able to sit outside! Your tea table looks so inviting!

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    1. Thanks, Patti. I know you still have snow. I lived in Alaska so I know how long winter is.

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  12. This is so pretty, Bonnie! And oh, how fragrant it must be. I can hardly imagine. Indeed, you have a dear friend there. One of my regrets is that before lockdown I didn't buy fresh flowers -- not that they'd be alive now but oh, we need something so beautiful, every single one of you. The basket is such a treasure and I love your sweet violets. Stay well, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie. Wish we could order curb side pick up at Lowes or Home Delivery flowers. My grocery store is delivering groceries. Wonder if they would bring flowers.
      Right now I have amaryllis blooming in my yard and a few camellias left so that I need to be satisfied with those.My hydrangeas are leafing out but it is usually May before we see blooms.

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  13. I am enjoying your tea table, your china is so pretty, I am singing, the hymn along with you.

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  14. Oh Bonnie,
    I was hoping that one of you Southern Lady's would host an outdoor tablescape! This is stunning and soothing.
    This was my Mom's favorite song and now it's mine. She sang it throughout the house when I was just a girl, and we had one of her nephews sing it at her funeral. I love it so much, it is so comforting.
    You certainly were treated to some gorgeous flowers and you have styled them so lovely.
    So lovely, gracious and definitely Southern classic style.
    Jemma

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  15. Hi Bonnie! This was just beautiful! I absolutely love that purple flowered tea set! And out under the shade trees is just where I'd want to sip some tea!! So glad to join you all on this blog hop! Such a beautiful stop!

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  16. Thank You for sharing these beautiful Easter displays.
    Joan

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  17. How lovely your tea table in the garden is. This is the one time of year when I really do like using lavender, your tablecloth is the perfect foundation to set off that stunning tea set! How fortunate you were to receive the beautiful flowers! I know my grocery stores have stopped receiving deliveries of them. Have a happy Easter and be safe and well.

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  18. Bonnie, your garden tea is set up so beautifully! How nice to be able to set up a table in the garden. I am sure you are able to escape the real world when you are out there. Those flowers are gorgeous - how wonderful that you got to use them for your table. So nice to hop with you again. Stay well!
    Shelley

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  19. Oh, what a precious tablescape! My heart sighed when I saw the picture of the dishes with the little purple flowers. I have a matching teacup and saucer in my buffet that was given to me by my mom... It's special. It's a joy to be blog hopping with you today!

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  20. Bonnie,
    I love your Easter garden table. All the lilac is so pretty. So fun hopping with you. Cynthia from Create With Cynthia!

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  21. Everything is so lovely Bonnie. I adore the colors and oh what a lovely Easter table setting. The tea set of my FAV! Love those colors! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  22. Bonnie, I have so enjoyed my visit in your beautiful garden. Your tea set is so pretty and how stunning your floral arrangements are! In the Garden is one of my favorite hymns, and how perfect for this post. Take care, sweet friend!

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  23. Bonnie, your tea table in your garden in beautiful. What a joy it would be to enjoy tea from such a lovely tea service in such a perfect setting. I imagine Spring is in full bloom in your area. I hope you and your family continue to be well. Blessings to all.

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  24. Bonnie, your roses are absolutely stunning. Mixing them with the white hydrangeas is beautiful. I love the use of galvanized vase and watering can. I love tea parties and I can imagine how wonderful to have one in your beautiful backyard. As always, your setting is luscious. Thank you for sharing the beautiful quotes and song. Happy Easter sweet lady.

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  25. Bonnie, how I would love to join you for tea in such a beautiful garden setting! Those vintage dishes are just gorgeous. And, how very lucky to have been gifted all those fresh flowers! I can almost smell the roses from here. Always such a pleasure to join you, even if only virtually!

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  26. Bonnie, how refreshing to be outdoors with your lovely Easter tablescape. Fresh flowers and your beautiful tea set makes me feel like lingering a little longer in the garden. I can just feel the warmth of the sun and the slight breeze. Such a cozy and welcoming scene. Have a pleasurable Easter holiday among the quiet setting.

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  27. What a lovely gift of flowers especially during these times.your roses are absolutely stunning!

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  28. What a lovely table and setting! It is all so beautiful and welcoming! Your tea set is lovely and those gorgeous flowers were an amazing gift! It is wonderful to be on this hop with you. I hope you are safe and well. Easter blessing to you and yours!

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  29. Oh Bonnie, how I’d love to have tea in your garden setting. The tea set is such a treasure, and those flowers...I can just about smell how wonderful they are, if I close my eyes and pretend. I have my childhood Easter basket, too, with a faux arrangement in it, and it’s in my kitchen table. I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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