Monday, April 8, 2013

Pre-gardening Tea

In My Garden
'In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.
My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.
The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers,
and the dreams as beautiful.'
~Abram L. Urban~


Welcome friends for tea this week.  It's finally warming up and I can get out to do winter tidy up this week!
Iris reticulata in the front garden are opening and will soon make a large drift of purple petals.
I'm using a garden theme mug (that was filled with chocolate) I received as a gift after giving a gardening lecture a couple of years ago.
The Marjolein Bastein teapot I've shown before with tulips and a butterfly knob on top.
 In the centre of the table is a pot of mini daffodils surrounded by pansies and purple alyssum.
 A few Belgian chocolate biscuits to have with 'Afternoon Tea' from Harrods London.  And do you see that plant to the left?
Cherry tomatoes I brought home from the Garden Writer's meeting at Canada Blooms.  They'll be moved outside after I condition them.
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Thank you ladies for hosting and I hope my visitors will join you and your guests for tea.

37 comments:

  1. Very nice Judith, nice that your finally getting some warm weather and can get out in the garden..We have been having rain here but I'm sure it will be gone soon...Have a wonderful Monday with love Janice

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  2. Lovely pictures. Lovely post. I am so sorry that the scrapper has stolen so many of your blog posts. I went to look myself, and found many of yours even with you signature :-( I hope this can be corrected and the blog deleted.

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  3. I do see sunlight through those windows...always good. I'm ready for afternoon it's being just after three here. The biscuits look delicious.

    Enjoy those spring blossoms!

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  4. So nice Judith... those mini daffodils make the table!

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  5. Love the teapot ... I'll be on the lookout for one of those. I sat out on the deck and enjoyed an orange this afternoon. It was lovely to be outside. Your table looks so springlike and you are well on the way to having lovely little tomatoes.

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  6. Wonderful Judith! I love the Marjolein Bastien teapot, and the table is so calming with all of the greenery. My Iris are just leaves so far...but their growing! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  7. Wow Judith! Things are already blooming outside there and inside as well. I love the pot of blooms on your table! The cookies look very tasty (it's the chocolate) and would be lovely with tea. Enjoy the afternoon. Pamela

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  8. Hi Judith,
    nice post. Really, all gardeners are waiting for the start outside. I think it is too late for me to seed tomatoes. I will buy some plants this year, too. Your tomatoe plant looks really nice. I wish you a good crop. The gardening theme for the tea time is sweet and so is the mug. All looks pretty and colorful, just like spring. Thank you for sharing this nice tea time. I wish you a good weather to start in the garden.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  9. Hi Judith, love the mug and what a nice gift. I do remember your fun teapot. So glad to hear you'll be digging in the garden soon. Fun teascape and heres to the tomatoes! :D :D Happy Tea Day!

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  10. Isn't it wonderful to have flowers peaking through the ground now. Lifts your spirit immediately. Your tulip tea-pot is so cute. Deb

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  11. Nice photos - LOVE those purple flowers - one of my favorite colors!

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  12. We are supposed to have snow this week. It will be lovely to get into our gardens soon! This mug is really lovely!!

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  13. Very beautiful Judith! Love your garden tea dishes. I have never heard of that Iris, but I really like it. Looks like it grows low to the ground. I finally have my gardens cleaned. Such a good feeling. Now we can sit back (hardly, mowing, etc.) and enjoy!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  14. Judith, I love the teapot you've shared! It looks like a sprinkling can. How nice that you were gifted the pretty teacup. The centerpiece is beautiful and the cherry tomatoes will be wonderful before too long.

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  15. I really like your teapot, Judith. Your plants look wonderful and the cherry tomato plant especially appeals to me. Love fresh tomatoes right off the vine! Thanks for coming to tea and enjoy getting out in your graden. Maybe you can send some of those warm temps our way!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  16. I really like your teapot, Judith. Your plants look wonderful and the cherry tomato plant especially appeals to me. Love fresh tomatoes right off the vine! Thanks for coming to tea and enjoy getting out in your graden. Maybe you can send some of those warm temps our way!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  17. Such pretty dishes - and flowers - and spring. All lovely.

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  18. What a lovely pre garden tea! I especially adore your teapot!

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  19. Your garden tea is lovely. That is a great mug! I am getting hungry just looking at your delicious biscuits!
    That is a great tomato plant. I am exited it is time for them : )
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  20. I love that centerpiece is absolutely beautiful! Things are just starting to pop in my garden but spring is slow to arrive this year! Have a great week, Laura

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  21. Hi Judith,
    Oh those little Iris's are so sweet!! I haven't had luck with the little Iris, I'll have to keep trying!! and Tomatoes, I hear summer calling:-)
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  22. Great photos. Let me ask you Judith, what is a good sweet teabag? I have tried the orange spice and of course lemon. Would like something sweeter for hot tea that I don't have to add a sweetener.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  23. What a beautiful and inviting table. And the iris in the first photo has such a deep colour.

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  24. This is really lovely. That teapot sure is cool! I have never seen something like that, I love it. Moreso, my MOM would love it being the tea/gardener enthusiast she is. That is probably why I love coming to your blog so much.....:) Have a nice week. (BTW...copied the quote!)

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  25. Oh tomatoes, they are doing well. Maybe they will ripen before summer:)

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  26. Judith, Love the beautiful color of your Iris. It’s alway special to see those first spring flowers. The garden theme table is lovely with the mug and teapot and the daffodil centerpiece is beautiful. Cherry tomatoes for the garden is a must. I love watching them grow and of course for adding to a salad. Happy Week...........

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  27. Love your coffee mug and teapot! Your potted daffodils and pansies look fabulous! We're still melting down here so no blooms just yet.

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  28. Your teapot is so pretty, Judith. It's very appropriate for a spring tea. I like your centerpiece and am so glad flowers are emerging in your gardens. I noticed yesterday the pansies I planted last fall survived our winter (what a surprise as it wasn't an easy winter) are alive with buds and blooms! Just a little extra cheer in my yard!

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  29. Hi Judith,
    This indoors garden post is lovely but fortunately you already have flowers blooming outside!
    This winter was very rainy and gray around here, so I'm now enjoying some sunny Spring days :)
    Hugs from Portugal

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  30. Lovely tea and I love the iris as I have some as well. And tomatoes that will be ready so soon...what a great spring. Glad to hear you are out in the garden a bit.

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  31. Judith what a lovely post! I love that mug, Mary Englebreight? The teapot of course is gorgeous, drool, drool! :D
    I'm hoping to get out and do some garden tidying so I'll be ready when my plant orders finally arrive! Eeek, lots of work ahead but hopefully by mid summer everything will be brightening up in the garden!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  32. I love the idea of a pre-gardening tea. Yours is adorable.

    - The Tablescaper

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  33. What a lovely tea-party! Love the Marjorie Bastolien (I'm not sure I spelled that right), but I adore her cards and love the teapot!

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  34. Gosh Judith, that is such a sweet gardener's tea set! My whole heart goes out to it. Lucky you for having that beautiful tomato plant. I hope you have a lovely week and I'll pop in soon to say hello. :)

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  35. Judith it's looking like a beautiful spring inside your home! What a lovely tea mug. Here we are just starting to see the first signs of greenery popping through the soil ... and with all this rain and warmer temps ... I can't wait to get out there and see what else is popping up. The Mr. has been down at our city home and says the tulips are growing ... hopefully they will bloom soon. Happy Tuesday..xo C.

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  36. What a fabulous iris! I don't think I've ever seen one quite so exotic looking!

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  37. Hi, Judith.
    Look the sun is warming on your garden!
    How lovely to see that new tiny lives come out in spring!
    Your garden mug is very cute! I wish I could attend your gardening lecture!

    Wish you happy days ahead.
    Tomoko

    PS
    Thank you for your nice comment on my latest post,Judith.
    I have been feeling bit miserable over two months. I sprained my ankle and the left bone was torn. When I took the photos of Sakura on my latest post I needed a stick to walk! Now I am OK. I have completely recovered. Finally...!
    My heart is in spring now!

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