Thursday, May 19, 2022

UNDER THE UMBRELLA BEFORE THE RAIN for "Tea In The Garden"

 So today I went out and set up my
vintage folding table which is quite
a production.  It is very strange
how it works.  The umbrella goes
in the middle and there is a lace
tablecloth over the frame above.


I hope you will pour yourself
a cup of tea and enjoy one of
these tarts I filled with cherry pie
filling.  Even as I take my photos there
 are a few raindrops here and there
 so I am in a bit of a hurry today. I got
this old table at an antique mall years
ago in Colorado and it is a bit of a 
task to take apart quickly.  I imagine
it is from the 1950's.


We are enjoying some lower 
temperatures
now after three days of over 90 degrees
 so this is wonderful.


I love when I can use my own flowers
and the peonies are starting to open
and the Japanese beetles haven't
 ravished the roses yet either.  I
know they are coming but I am
glad that they are not here yet.


I kept these English bone china
plates and cups and saucers that came
 out many years ago.  I did not keep the
teapot but think about it sometimes. 
 I think I have enough.


 

I don't have as many foxgloves this
year but am thankful for
the ones I do have.
This Crown Dorset
English Teapot is beloved.






The irises are at the tail end of their
blooming and we sure have enjoyed
them this year.    A friend gave me this
yellow and purple one which was
her mother's.







Foxglove tips:  They are mostly biennials
which means a seed grows into a 
small plant the first year and then the blooming and reseeding in the second
year and over with.  There are some
 perennial ones and they are usually smaller
 in size. When you purchase that big 
blooming plant you better enjoy it because
 it probably is already in it's second year.  (Sorry to say) 

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Monday, May 16, 2022

OUT IN THE GARDEN

 


I took a few photos of my garden
after my tea was over yesterday.



Our weather went from cooler to
over 90 degrees three days in
a row.



We have lots of birds in
our birdhouses this year.




 

Hope you have a lovely week.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

LADIES FOR TEA





May 14th I had a tea for 5 of the ladies
in Columbia, Missouri plus myself
who are in the my "Christian Tea
 Time & Hospitality" FB group.
I love Afternoon Tea and this was
a wonderful time we could get
to know one another. 


So here was our menu:
We had Chicken Salad Mini Croissants
 using the idea in the new Tea Time 
of strawberries  and Mandarin Oranges,
Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches and a 
Ham and Swiss Cheese with mustard 
Puff.  For the Scones we had 
Strawberry Buttermilk and the sweets
 were: 
 Chocolate Peppermint Brownies,
 Caramel Walnut Graham Cracker
Cookies and Lemon Madeleines. 

 We had
Wild Blueberry, Ginger Peach
 and Decaf
Apricot teas.


The shelves here have different themes:
Anne of Green Gables, Jane Austen,
Downton Abbey, Titanic, Queens and
Kings of England, Beatrix Potter, etc.

Friends: Natasha, Stacey,
 Nancy, Judy
and Jennifer



Of course, I wanted to share my garden
with the irises in bloom and the 
foxgloves getting started now.


We took a lot of photos but I
am sharing just a few.  It was
very hot outside.


This is a Christian group so we
had special prayer for America
and for the needs of the ladies
 in our group.  We had wonderful
fellowship encouraging one
another.

Natasha who was born in the
Ukraine took a selfie
with the mirror:





Hope you enjoyed seeing our tea!

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

WHEN IRISES BLOOM for "Tea In The Garden"

 I wanted to get out and take some photos
of the Irises before they are gone.  It
happens so quickly when it gets hot.
  Last year I did buy 2 unusual new kinds
 of Irises to plant but I don't see blooms yet.
  I think it may take another year for those
to develop.


We have just enough time
for a cup of tea before it
gets too hot.  Today it is
supposed to be in the 90's.


I brought out a picnic basket I
decoupaged years back.  I love
the artwork of Edith Holden
who lived from 1871-1920.

She wrote The Country Diary of 
an Edwardian Lady.











I decided I best not waste this opportunity
to set up another tea in the garden.






I am so happy and blessed to see warm
weather.  For some reason, I was cold
all winter.  I wore many layers to keep
warm.  Today it was fun to make a big
bouquet to display.





I heard a familiar sound out of the
window today and knew it was a
beloved House Wren.  I have been
anxiously hoping one would show 
up soon singing his beautiful tune.
I looked out and saw he is building
a nest in that little birdhouse on top
of the arbor over the gate.


A fun owl in the garden:




 We will enjoy every stage of the
garden this year.  


Toile is so pretty in all colors
 but this
purple is thrilling:





I hope you enjoyed this visit
to my garden.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

A WARM DAY FOR "Tea In The Garden"

 Hello dear blogging friends and
finally we have some warm weather
again to get out in the garden and do a little
tea time vignette.  You know how it is
when you have days of rain and then
more rain.



I have a real fondness for
old vintage quilts.





Today is really a beautiful day 
and the
 birds are all happy in our backyard. 
 I seem to always have a lot of purple
 flowers at this time of the year.






The sun now will really make a
difference.  I have heard others say
the same comment which is that our
spring is a little behind this year because
of cooler weather.


This is the gate on one side going
into the back yard.




Blogging just isn't as popular as it
used to be.  I think Twitter taught
people that journalism needed to
be in a hurry.


I love the unique shaped Columbines.  We
have an abundance of Chickadees at
our house.  I have to say I find that 
noise they make very annoying.  If
you have heard that you will know what
I mean.  Please enjoy one of my
brownies I made earlier and froze some
in a carton.







I always remember the late Tasha Tudor saying that she bragged about her forget 
me nots.  I  laughed when she said that
 on her video.  I can get carried away
sometimes too!


I hope you have enjoyed a visit
 to my garden today.



There is a "Sewing With Vintage Linens"
Category down on the right that shows
many things to do sewing with
vintage linens or just the covers here!

Wishing all the Mother's a 
Very Happy Mother's Day!