Saturday, April 27, 2019


Today I noticed that the daffodils are 
definitely passing by here in my garden.
Some of the tulips are yet to bloom and
 others are gone.  I have picked so many
white lilacs off what was a less than
desirable bush I got at a live auction
2 years ago.  It grows real "twisty type"
branches - almost like vines.  

This was the bouquet I made today as
I walked around gathering from what
was available here and there.  I
believe some of my tulips returned
from last years which was wonderful!

Many years back,  I decided that
Beatrix Potter would be the theme
of my garden.  I adore the characters
she created and her English Garden style.

As you can see I am making wire cages for my
peonies which will be blooming fairly soon!

I hope you are enjoying a lovely
Saturday and find some time
to play in the garden!

Linking to: 
Create, Bake, Grow and Gather

Saturday, April 20, 2019


I am so excited to share my first "Tea In
The Garden" for this spring season.

For the most part, the daffodils and
tulips have already bloomed but
other plants are coming along.  Today
I decided to have a WILD VIOLET TEA.
You see, I am one of those people who
love seeing the wild violets bloom and
I know they will be gone soon.

 I had bought myself 4 packages of purple tulip
 bulbs last fall and 2 more for friends.  They
 were supposed to be "Triumph Purple" but they
 became more like "Truly Red".  I was
 disappointed in the mistake but can
 survive such things!  Red tulips are lovely
but that wasn't the color I needed.

Just a week ago today we had snow.

There really is no other
type of blogging I like
better than this!

I found both purple and white lilacs this morning blooming in the yard.  Yes, the ones getting the most sun seem to bloom first.

Like many of you, we had
a long and cold winter for Missouri.
I know these things are relative as
it is still snowing in Colorado.

If you are looking at this and still having 
snow I just want to say that means you will probably have a much cooler 
summer than us and your nighttime 
temps will
 be probably be wonderful!

Please help yourself ........  pour yourself
some tea and let's relax.  Tell me all about
your garden please!

I have lots of foxgloves coming
along this year but am anxious for
my walnut to leaf out above to
provide some shade.  I am very
fond of foxgloves, hollyhocks,
delphiniums and canterbury bells.

Thank you for visiting me on this first
"Tea In The Garden" for the season!
I wish you a very Happy Easter as
we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


Isn't it exciting to finally arrive at
springtime!  Yesterday, my husband and I
visited a plant nursery not far away.  They
have something like 40 greenhouses 
which are all enormous.

The Bradford Pears having been finally blooming in
our town - a sure arrival of spring.  The
nursery we visited has been here a very
long time, but this was my first visit.

I purchased some plants of course!  Will
you be having a flower or vegetable
garden.  Maybe both?

Last Saturday for a little while, it
was actually snowing here but
by the next day it was history.

Hope you have been inspired!

Sunday, April 14, 2019


I enjoy mixing decorations for each
season in with my teasets in the
armoire in my kitchen.  It brings
joy to my heart and I enjoy the
transition that seasonal items bring.

There are so many things we associate
with springtime.  Violets and pansies are
certainly on the list.

I love the old vintage tins:

I hope your springtime is lovely.
It was snowing here this morning
and tonight will be cold but it appears
as though it didn't do damage.  We
have daffodils and tulips blooming
and forget me nots, etc.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Last week two friends and I were
invited over to Fulton, Missouri
for a lovely luncheon at the home
of our friend, Karen.

It was a rainy day but we didn't
let that dampen our
spirits and we always
enjoy Karen's hospitality.

Her property had many areas
where the daffodils were beginning
to bloom and there is a winding road
that is so charming!

Her home reminds me 
of a Bed and Breakfast.

We knew there would be something
 yummy to eat inside as Karen is an 
excellent cook and baker!  I "met" Karen
when I was still in Colorado through the 
Facebook Tasha Tudor group
called "Take Joy".

The first room you enter at her

home is the sun room and she has
lovely plants.  She is quite the gardener
and has a vegetable garden too. 

Karen also has a greenhouse where
she puts many of her special
and unique outdoor plants
during the winter.

Behind the sun room is a wonderful
library stocked with gardening books,  
Missouri history,  Tasha Tudor,  Beatrix Potter
and anything else that might strike Karen's fancy!

I love the Victorian eggs she
collects.  Our friend Gina has
a lot of these too:

Karen has lovely antiques and
collections of all sorts.  We always
enjoy looking at all her teasets and
she has many English pieces.

We all arrived hungry so the
smell of food drew us right into
 her kitchen where the table
was all set.

We started with iced tea and
later enjoyed many cups of hot tea 
with a delicious

Janice is on the left and Gina on the right
as Karen tells us all about her apron.

Gina and here I am - Bernideen:

And friend Janice with Gina:

Here is Karen in her
delightful kitchen:

 Karen has many unique primitive
pieces of furniture.  Just outside
there is a lovely deck with breathtaking
views of Karen's gardens.

This is a view I love and typical
of all the special brick patios, and 
areas around Karen's home. There
are often deer on the property and
they came along while we were there.

There were so many
signs of spring yet to come!

These are just a few photos I took which
really don't do justice to this warm and
charming home.