Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GOOD MORNING "Tea In The Garden"

Good Morning "Tea In The Garden" and Good Morning Queen Anne's Lace:

We have been experiencing more rain than usual in Colorado and I must say a mosquito was pursuing me the whole time I took these pictures which is unusual. 

 We are so glad that our pattern of wildfires 
aren't happening.

Today I am sharing two hand painted cups and saucers: a Bell China Company and a Salisbury one.

I recently found this sweet purple topper which someone
 embroidered as a real labor of love.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Just a few garden photos:

Have a great week!

Monday, July 21, 2014

SWANS for "Tea In The Garden"

It's July and welcome to "Tea In The Garden":

This morning the skies were overcast.  We have had a lot of rain lately which has been unusual for us. 
 My garden likes it but of course it is concerning 
because of the Waldo Canyon Burn scar.  On the 4th day of rain it did bring down some of my tallest delphiniums.
  Some flooding has occurred over near the mountains. 

I am very fond of Queen Anne's Lace
although yes, I do know it is considered
a weed and in the carrot family!

Have yourself some tea and sit here
while we chat a bit.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


I just wanted to share this little cottage near my store where the Hollyhocks are abundant this year:

And on a corner near the stop sign:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I wondered if rain would be a problem today as another day of rain is expected here.  I am so glad it was just overcast but not raining yet.  The rain has been breaking my delphiniums off this week. 

Can I pour you a cup of Mountain Huckleberry Tea?

This morning I was feeling a little melancholy as I thought about the lady who used to live behind me as I would have been taking this bouquet to her today.  Ilona went to be with Jesus this spring at age 93.  I believe she is looking down from above today and knows this would have been for her!

I have a fondness for these vintage Sadler teapots:

I also love vintage linens.
I am excited to see the first of the Queen's Anne's Lace begin to bloom - my favorite "weed"!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A FLOWER FAIRY TEA for "Tea In The Garden"

Good morning and I hope your July is going along wonderfully.  Today it is overcast and humid almost on the edge of misty rain.  I really didn't want to go inside so here we are for A Flower Fairy "Tea In The Garden":

There is time to just relax for a bit surrounded 
by the things we love.

As you can see the clematis is starting to bloom.  This is one of the few I didn't over prune a few years back:

I see my table cloths don't exactly match well today but that's alright......as I noticed some of the English do this type of thing. 

 I visited an English Tea Room in Texas once and the colors were all coming at one another in sort of a "CHINTZ" fashion.  The overall effect was lovely.

 I was impressed with the Bumbleberry Pie Traybake made by Marie on the English Kitchen Blog:  

 I thought it would be fun to make some Bumbleberry Buttermilk Scones too as they seemed perfect for a Flower Fairy Tea!  The ones on top have English Clotted Cream so please help yourself and pour yourself a cup of tea:

Bernideen's Bumbleberry and Buttermilk Scones:

You will need: 2 1/4 cups sifted flour, 1 Tb baking powder, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 Tsp salt, 6 Tbs cold, chopped unsalted butter, 1/4 cup each chopped strawberries, , blackberries and raspberries, and 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and cover baking sheet with parchment.
1.  Sift all dry ingredients.
2.  Cut in cold butter with two knives or a kneading cutter.
3.  Stir in buttermilk until dough begins to form and add fruits.
4.  Roll out dough about 3/4" thick onto a floured cloth and cut with a medium size 2 1/2" round scone cutter - Bake for about 12-14 minutes.  I got 18 scones out of this!
5.  Serve with lemon curd, clotted cream, devonshire cream or jam!

Quite a few years back I had china made for my store and that's what these Flower Fairy pieces represent.  I no longer private label china.  The photo is of Cicely Barker who was the originator of Flower Fairies and you can read about her.  She never intended her fairies to have ethereal powers but rather just found joy in the "make believe".