Saturday, May 18, 2024

THE FLOWER CART for "Tea In The Garden"

 In between lots of rain days here, 
 I have set up a little "Tea In The
 Garden" so please join me for a cup
 of a tea to enjoy with my Johnson Brothers "Pareek" tea set.

I first saw the cups and saucers on Etsy and then the plates and then the teapot.
There are 2 different floral scenes and
I just love this set because it is so
different from my others. 

This has been the most rain we have
gotten in several years.  Last week
we had several days of rain and again
this week.

There are actually dozens and dozens of
"Pareek" patterns from different
eras and totally different patterns.

The Cicadas arrived in our yard this 
week and are everywhere and very
loud.  Have you heard that Klaus Schwab
and Bill Gates recommend that we 
eat them?  No thanks.

We have enjoyed so many irises and
now they are about done. I dug up 
15 bags of them to give away with
 free signs on the driveway.

Here in the garden we are in transition
now.  Spring flowers are over and every-
thing is very lush and green and
 awaiting summer flowers.

I see lots of Monarda that will
make the bees happy when
it blooms.

Thursday, May 16, 2024


 We have had lots of rain this spring.
I commented about a drought in 2023
and the year before that, 2022.  Well,
that has ended for now.  I thought
I'd start with a little frog humor:

I am so glad I mowed (yes me by hand)
our lawn yesterday between the rains.
It would have been a terrible mistake
to wait and have it so deep.

My husband has had some physical issues
as of late so I have been doing a number
of tasks that he usually does.

There has been an abundance of flowers
for bouquets which is really lovely.

I have loved watching a very
tiny baby bunny in our yard.

 I hope you are having a
wonderful spring.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Saturday, April 27, 2024


 I recently came across some fabric
which was not new but had never
been used and with 3 1/2 yards I
was thrilled to get this pink rose
brocade damask.  It reminded me 
of the type of fabric ladies sewed
with in the 50's.

This was the perfect time to get out
some "rose" themed tea wares
to display.

I was able to make 2 tablecloths,
a runner for the buffet and have
fabric for tea cozies.

I made myself a standard 
tea cozy.  


I have quite a collection - more than
I realized - of tea wares with images
of roses.  

I hope you have a
lovely weekend.

If anyone is interested, these tea
cozies are available on my
Etsy site:  small, standard
and large size

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

WHEN THE IRISES BLOOM for "Tea In The Garden"

 Today I glanced out the living area
windows and thought "Oh my goodness,
I better get there now".  The irises were
in full bloom and actually many are
yet to bloom and I thought I better
get my camera and get going.

It had rained a little this morning
and now the sunshine was out.

Mr. Peter Rabbit is very 
happy now that spring
has come.  We still have
some tulips but have said
goodbye to the daffodils.

I don't collect iris tea wares so I used
some pansy items and a vintage
pansy topper.  There are so many 
themes of flowers that can be
collected on tea wares.  What do
you collect?  I do pansies, violets
and roses.

I have a collection of vintage
pansy English cups and

This one is a favorite:

I especially love the
little bell shaped
columbines in our

I gave away boxes of irises on our
driveway these last several years to 
anyone who wanted them and yet I 
see they just make more and more. 
 Before we left Colorado 8 years ago, I went out in the snow and dug up a
few of the tubers (yellow ones) and look
 at them now.  I am sure the lady who
 gave me some tubers in Colorado 
would be shocked how they have multiplied.
(Diane Werckle)

I wish you a 
Happy Springtime!

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