Saturday, May 7, 2011

WELCOME TO "TEA IN THE GARDEN"

Welcome to our first "Tea in the Garden on Saturday" which is shared by some of my blogging friends who are listed below.  They have prepared lovely posts for your pleasure.  Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy. You may be so inspired you will be ready for your first Garden Tea Party!


 Last summer in the month of August, I had a lovely tea in my Beatrix Potter Tea Garden. The sign above sent the ladies around to the backyard tea event.




On that day many wonderful plants were in bloom!

I had made 24 chair covers for folding chairs using my grandmother's old pillow cases and vintage doilies....that was a big project!  I can't wait to use them this summer and just think - all the work is now done!




Last summer also below:





Spring is arriving at different times across the country and here in Colorado we could still have some possibilities of snow.  Right now, Pikes Peak looks very covered with it! The grass is just turning green and this week we had our small yard aerated.





My garden is slowly coming up with lilies, delphiniums, columbines, queen anne's lace, pansies, clematis and irises on their way up and out of the ground.  Violets are in bloom and the perennial herbs are popping out! Twice this week we had whiffs of snow on the ground in the mornings.







My daffodils have been snowed on many times lately and the tulips as well!



I am excited to see my clematis growing vines but I did decide to cut some of them back to the ground.


 

The garden is such a perfect place for tea and I've never met a true Afternoon Tea Lover who didn't love a garden to go with it!


 I have recently been turning to one of my favorite books, "Tasha Tudor's Garden" published in l994 with Tovah Martin. I have been gleaning so much inspiration! 





I think it was Tasha  who caused me to love foxgloves so much- only her's were over 6 foot high.  I have purchased the blooming plants on many occasions and because they are blooming this means they are in their second year as biennials.  Rarely do I see them come back again.  This year I have decided to buy a few as usual for my garden but put more energy in the delphiniums that seem to survive easily as perenials and therefore are a better financial investment!  I see the delphiniums all coming up this spring but no foxgloves.





I have never seen foxgloves this large -
 can you even imagine?




Please visit my other blogging friends who have joined me today! I have "met" so many lovely ladies through blogging.  I thank each one of them from the bottom of my heart:

Kathy at A Delightsome Life and
and Donna at Conghaile Cottage 
and Rizzi at Gifts From the Sea and
Judith at Lavender Cottage and
Martha who is now in England from Lines From Linderhof and
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and


Today I had an event at my store for "Mothers, Daughters, Ladies and Girls".  If you are interested in seeing a few photos click here.

10 comments:

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
Thank you for hosting our tea in the garden. Your party last year looked like a lot of fun and I'd loved to have been there.
Not much blooming yet for me either and it was cold when I was out this morning photographing my tea. It is supposed to warm up today and the sun is out now too.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day.
Judith

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Bernideen,
What amazing foxgloves Tasha Tudor grew! Wonderful photos! I almost didn't get a post ready because there is nothing blooming yet. And we are in the midst of so many celebrations this weekend. But anyway, I did get a somewhat small post ready. Hope it's OK. Have a lovely weekend and Happy Mother's Day to you!

Blessings,
Sandi

Carolyn said...

Hi Bernideen,
It is lovely to see the ladies enjoying one of your lovely garden teas.I remember all the work you did to make those pretty chair covers-great idea for vintage pillowcases.
I hope the snow season is past now for all of us.I, too love Tasha Tudors garden book.
Thank you for hosting and I have my post up now.

Happy Mother's Day,
Carolyn

Antiques And Teacups said...

Wonderful Bernideen. I love the chair back covers...so clever! Have a wonderful weekend!
Ruth

Johanna said...

Hello Bernideen,
I always enjoy to see your wonderful garden partys. And I really love the doiliers on the chairs. That gives such a decorative look. All is perfect as evertime.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Best greetings, Johanna

Zinnia said...

Tack för att jag fick vara med på ett hörn genom dina bilder. Jag tänkte på ditt Tea Party när jag drack mitt eftermiddagss- te. Fingerborgsblomman är tvåårig. Men frösår sig gärna. Kan då upplevas som perenn. Jag läser ofta i Tacha Tudors bok. Den är så vacker och fylld med bra ideèr. Önskar dig en fortsatt trevlig helg. Zinnia

Marlena said...

Bluestone Perennials has some long-lived foxgloves, as does White Flower Farms. The trick is to let them go to seed, which sometimes works - sporadically for me in Upstate NY.

Rizzi said...

HI BERNIDEEN,
I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKED MY POST TODAY ON TEA IN THE GARDEN. I ENJOYED DOING THIS POST VERY MUCH, AND JOINING YOU TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE NEXT SATURDAY TOO.
YOUR POST TODAY IS SO LOVELY, YOUR CHAIR COVERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL, AND MY FAVORITE LADY
TASHA TUDOR, I LOVE READING HER BOOKS. HAVE A LOVELY DAY,
RIZZI

Kathy said...

Hello Bernideen,
Your lovely garden is a wonderful backdrop for a tea party - you set an amazing table - tables! Looks so very inviting - so glad you hosted this very fun party - so loved seeing the wonderful participants!
Looking to next week - thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,
Kathy

Jessica Imperial. said...

I absolutely LOVE your entire blog. I came across this blog because I was researching blogs on Tea. That was a really great idea to use pillow cases for the seat covers. Where is the link to Follow your blog??? Great post!