Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tea on Thursday and my Garden Journal

On Monday my friend Marilyn and I attended a Mother's Day Tea at Holly's Sweets and Treats. We signed up for the 3pm sitting and although Holly's is not a tea room, they put on a lovely afternoon tea.
This is our table with a tiered tray of sweets and savouries along with the teacup I used. Not shown is a smoked salmon on herbed cream cheese sandwich served separately and a lemon parfait at the end to cleanse the palate.
Marilyn and I posing and some of the items for sale at Holly's.
This is National Wildflower Week so I'm sharing what I have in bloom so far.
Geum triflorum (prairie smoke) on the left with Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh - oops put the berries in by mistake) on the top and Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) on the bottom.
Uvularia grandiflora on the left and Trillium luteum on the right.
I put the oriole feeder out one afternoon and the very next morning there was one eating the grape jelly that sits in the well.
The garden is changing every day now, some things in better shape after such a cold winter while others have not fared so well. I never mourn a plant that dies or plain disappears, it leaves a spot for something new.
Happy Gardening!

38 comments:

  1. Hello Judith, Holly's Sweets looks like a great place. And the sweets do look delicious. I love your pretty blooms and the beautiful Oriole.. You are lucky to have them at your feeders.. Have a happy Thursday!

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  2. New item on my wish list - an oriole feeder. They are singing everyday but I can't see them. Nice photos today.

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  3. All looks so wonderful . Lovely photos ! I do like the one of you both ! Looks like a lovely place for tea . I don't have any wild flowers in my gardens as of yet working on a butterfly and hummer garden , our wild flowers are slow this year in the fields and ditches . Wonderful post . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  4. P.S Glad you have your Orioles now , We have three males here and are they ever comical , and two hummers so far .

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  5. Lovely tea! We often have orioles too! They are such pretty birds! Don't you just love this time of year -- each day finds something new in the garden!

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  6. Your tea looks perfect Judith! I like your wild flowers too. My mom used to transplant wild flowers from the woods beside her house and into her garden. I would love to sneak a few wild flowers that I see while we're camping, but it's not allowed, and frankly I doubt my soil would keep the flowers alive. You have some beautiful wild flowers in your garden. I saw some marsh marigolds in a ditch this week while we were driving in the country. You're very lucky to have the orioles come to your feeder. I have tried, but have only seen them here in town on very rare occasions. Enjoy your day!
    Wendy

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  7. What a wonderful place to have afternoon tea, Judith! The food looks fabulous and I couldn't help but notice the sweet birdie teapot. I like your attitude pertaining to dying or disappearing plants in your garden. Not much wonder your garden thrives! Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  8. What a beautiful and no doubt delicious afternoon tea! Such a fun experience to share with Marilyn. Your Uvularia grandiflora and Trillium luteum are beautiful. I like how you said you never mourn a plant that dies, but rather see it as an opportunity to add something new!
    Hugs, Beth

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  9. Hi Judith - Another super post! That mosaic of sweet treats has my mouth watering! Also, I've got my grape jelly - don't think we have any Orioles yet though.

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  10. What a sweet tea, everything seems perfect. Love the flowers - spring is so wonderful. I'd never seen a feeder like that - what a great bird photo.

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  11. Lovely post, Judith. What a lovely tea and such a nice photo of you and your friend. I did not know about it being national wildflower week, although they are my faves in any way, shape or form. I have never seen my oriole in my yard...how beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!

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  12. I have sworn not to feed the birds anymore. John begged me. Yet, I have grape jelly...lots of it!

    Oh I love that photo of you and your friend. Your teatime looks so beautiful.

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  13. This tea looks like tons of fun.

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  14. What a lovely tea! I want to go to tea, but I'm going to wait for my daughter who is away at school. She'll be home Monday!

    Deanna

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  15. The tea looks so wonderful Judith! I would certainly enjoy something like that as well as all the gifts available for purchase. Your early blooms are coming along. We are a bit slower here I think. I hope you have a lovely weekend and Mother's Day. Blessings. Pam

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  16. That tea must have been a delight when I see all these savouries and sweets, so nice the picture of you two and then the wildflowers, that Trillium luteum beautiful and rare here.....

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  17. What fun to attend a wonderful tea with your friend, Judith, and I loved seeing the photo of the both of you. Your garden flowers are so pretty and I like your philosophy on plants that don't make it... yes, always room for something else.
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  18. Happy Mother's Day, Judith! You can't ask for a better way to celebrate Mother's Day. Wish I live closer to Holly's Sweets and Treats!

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  19. I like how you go to tea rooms and take time for tea so often, It's such a good slowing down and appreciation of good food and pretty dishes.

    Happy Mother's Day (do you celebrate the same day we do?)

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  20. Tea looks lovely. What a nice treat for the two of you.No oreols here yet. I am waiting. And thank you for reminding me of my mystry plant. The name would have come to me sooner or later--or I would have asked my daughter. Enjoy your week end.

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  21. Hello, Judith!
    Lovely photos of the Mother's Day tea and you and your friend! Everything looks so delicious. I wouldn't know what to taste...
    We celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May as well.
    Geum triflorum looks beautiful. We have Geum rivale, also with pretty nodding red flowers, blooming from June onwards.
    Have a lovely weekend and Mother's Day!

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  22. Your tea is so beautiful! My mouth is watering at all of the treats.
    Of course purple is the best right?!!
    Have a lovely Mother's Day!

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  23. What a lovely tea time you must have had, Judith! LOVE your photo!
    The images of the plants are stunning!
    Have a nice Mother's Day, dear friend.
    Debbie
    xo

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  24. Hello Judith, what a lovely tea with your friend. You both look great! Beautiful wildflowers in your photos. Happy Mother's Day,

    Lorrie

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  25. The tea looks wonderful and what a happy oriole visitor! :)

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  26. The tea looks wonderful and what a happy oriole visitor! :)

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  27. Hello, Judith.
    What a lovely photos of the Mother's Day tea with your friend.
    I am glad to see you in the photo today. You look fine in your elegant dress and white cardigan.
    Sorry,I did not open my PC so much. Your new header is so beautiful!!
    Love to visit you again.

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  28. A sweet tea! You look very pretty- don't you just love pearls? They are my favorite necklace. Have a wonderful day!

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  29. Hi Judith,
    That must have been a lovely tea time for you and your friend ~ love the photo!Nice to see someone else who shares my love for lace dresses etc.
    Thanks for your visit and I am sure you will love the Beauty of Moscow.
    Too bad about Gardenimport closing and also I was disappointed that
    I couldn't get roses from Pickering anymore as they had so much variety.

    Happy Mother's Day!
    Carolyn

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  30. Wow, now that's an afternoon tea feast! Enjoyed seeing your beautiful wildflower photos and learning that orioles eat grape jelly!

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  31. What a lovely post Judith. A special place for your afternoon tea, loved your blooming flowers and the bird was beautifully captured.

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  32. You tea looks scrumptious@ I love wildflowers- we see so many different ones here.We had snow overnight--5 inches--but it's all melted. I covered all my perennials with flower pots to protect them. Once it warms up back to normal I hope that will be the end of frost season for us!

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  33. Looks like a lovely teatime with a sweet friend! So glad you got to see that pretty Oriole. Happy Mother's Day :)

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  34. Hi Judith. I hope that you enjoyed your Mother's Day. The tea room experience looks like such a lovely treat. We have only one in our area and I always enjoy going there. Happy Monday, Happy week~

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  35. Oh my that is a yummy tea Judith...and I love your wildflowers. I hope to add blue cohosh in the future. And the orioles were here this week as well. Males until yesterday when the female showed just in time with the male hummers. And some rain to boot finally after 2 weeks with none and all the heat.

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  36. Is that ever fun!!!! Love the photos!

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  37. The oriole is just adorable. The wildflowers are beautiful. My friend has a wildflower garden and it's such a joy to see. I love how you sometimes have to search under the leaves to see the flowers and they are so special.

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  38. Judith, your tea looks just fantastic. We don't have orioles where we live. I do love birds and they are so interesting to watch in the yard. Great wildflowers pix.

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