Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Welcome to my first "Tea in the Garden" for the springtime.....

Colorado gardens run behind the rest of the country.....we still had snow a few weeks ago.  Just the same, I still couldn't resist going outdoors this morning and setting up a little "Tea and Toast" time in the garden.  It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood (as Mr. Rogers used to say).

We had somewhat of a mild winter we are hoping that we won't have watering restrictions like a few years ago.  You could only water your yard on certain assigned days of the week.  My lilacs aren't so great this year.  I see many yards where they are huge - but not ours. 

I have a fondness for old embroidered linens and this lilac topper is a favorite to me!

A recent find (below) is this hand painted Limoges plate with berries.

The little silver plate toast rack was found on an antiquing venture many years ago.

I love perusing the older copies of Victoria Magazine and these May issues are delightful.  You will find a lot of inspiration and ideas here!


  1. So wonderful to visit your Garden, I love all your pretty violet and lilacs and purple pansy's such pretty things...can't wait till I can get my Pansy or Violet tea Pot..I just finished crocheting a multi colored purple doily...I planing ahead of a wonderful day...with love Janice

  2. Bernideen, your garden tea table is simply delightful. Love your linens and colours of the china and flowers! Your garden is way ahead of mine right now. My tulips aren't even up yet. I do love this time of year when everything is fresh and green.


  3. That is a very pretty and inviting tea in the garden. Your embroidered linens are lovely and so is your Limoges plate. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

  4. Hi Bernideen,
    What a beautiful tea you set up in the garden. Your linens are lovely and go so well with your tea things. I only have daffodils and primroses growing in my gardens right now. Your garden looks beautiful for this time of year and I always look forward to seeing how you decorate it. Blessings,

  5. Hi Bernideen,
    you are the Pansy Queen for me. Not only the cute plant you have in the garden, your Chintz pattern is to die for. And all the wonderful linnens with handcrochet Pansies. I love to see them all. And the Limoge plate is beautiful to that. Thank you for sharing this garden delight and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. That tablecloth is a beauty!!! If ever there was a reason for a sprinkling bottle, that's it! Loved your garden tea setting!


  7. Goodmorning! Your garden tea looks absolutely fabulous. I love your embroidered cloth, silver things and the Limoges plate! We are under a drought condition too - I plan to mulch deeply and to attempt to follow guidelines. I hope you have a blessed day,

  8. exquisite, Bernideen!
    i have loved lilacs since childhood and the mauve/violet colours in your post are most appealing! TY for the lovely garden setting you've created!

    just wishing we'd have enough warmth to even see blossoms or blooms of any kind ! it's back to parkas for the next few days while spring battles it's way into our area...

  9. Hi Bernideen,

    Your tea in the garden is lovely. I hope to be able to join you when the weather is nicer here. Your embroidered linens are gorgeous!

  10. Wishing I could join you in your garden setting! Such a beautiful and inviting table!

  11. Oh, I'm so happy, Bernideen! Your "Tea in the Garden" posts are some of my favorite ones, and this one kicking off the new series is just gorgeous!

  12. I love how you have dressed your table, Bernideen. The lace cloth and embroidered (and very springy) cloth look stunning, as are your accoutrements. Your garden looks nice too. Pretty tulips!
    Will you still be doing Friends sharing tea as well as Tea in the garden?

  13. Hi my blog friend, oh, I just love your post! I always look forward to your garden pix. Your embroidered table topper is to die for...lucky you.
    Think spring, heh?

  14. Very pretty -- the toast rack is gorgeous...Miss Spenser wants one of those some day! I was sad to see that it was an antique...hoping I could purchase one!! (SMILES) The yellow flower, was that a pansie? It was very pretty...You do such lovely blogs -- you are amazing.


  15. Your lilacs look beautiful and I love that table cloth.
    Your garden may be behind the rest of the country but it is ahead of us here on P.E.I.

    Enjoy your weekend,

  16. Lovely, lovely, lovely. We had snow lat week! but my miniature bearded Iris are blooming, and my pansies.

  17. Love you table in the garden. Gives me some ideas for mine. Have a good day! Luanne

  18. Love your table in the garden. Gives me ideas for mine. I live in Central Mass. and water restrictions in our town started today May 1. I can only water on Wednesday-Friday-Sunday. That's it. We had hardly any snow all winter after record snow in 2011. It's been a dry spring too. Crazy New England weather! Have a great day, Luanne


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