Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tea on Thursday and My Garden Journal

As I write this post there is music to my ears with the pitter patter of rain outside. It's been a while since we had any and the gardens will be happy to soak up a deep drink. I planted my veggie seeds yesterday and this will save me from keeping them moist for germination.
The bleeding hearts are in bloom with dainty little Dutch girl caps cascading along each flowering stem.
The scent of lilacs is perfuming the air, these are the four varieties I have. Dwarf 'Miss Kim' and 'Palabin' are below the kitchen window where the sink is. 
It's always nice to bring a bouquet in for the table too.
 A sneak peek at the two boxes of annuals that arrived yesterday from Proven Winners to trial. They'll be planted today in pots and bare spots in the garden.
I have one more tea from my order at Murchie's which I find as delightful as the others.
From the website: a blend of black and green teas with hints of caramel and brioche, with a malty finish.
I wasn't in Paris sipping this tea but I did have it one afternoon on the deck table using a lily-of-the-valley teacup along with a small vase of the flowers from the garden. A scone slathered in lemon curd accompanied my tea.
Happy gardening, don't forget to take time out for afternoon tea!

32 comments:

  1. Judith, you did it again. Beautiful and inviting photos.

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  2. Hello Judith, the Bleeding Hearts are one of my favorite blooms. And I love the lilacs. Your tea sounds delicious with the scone and lemon curd. Lovely images, enjoy your Thursday!

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  3. Your bleeding hearts are lovely. I have my first plant this year and it is doing well! I love them!

    Our lilacs have come and gone but they did bloom this year and were so fragrant!

    I am a huge fan of lemon curd, and seeing yours reminds me that I should make some more!

    Deanna

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  4. Beautiful annuals! I have never had much of a green thumb but you have me wanting to give it another try!

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  5. Aren't lilacs the best?! I have three in my backyard, and last year I picked up a 'weeping lilac' for the front walled garden up to my door. First thing in the morning before the wind picks up the air is heavy with the scent. The weeping lilac is just as strong as the others, but with a very airy look to it. Your vase of lily of the valleys looks so sweet with their tiny bells :)
    Wendy

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  6. Ah the lilac bouquet looks so beautiful and I can almost catch its scent! Pretty tea setting too.

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  7. What a LOVELY floral tea time, Judith. Everything looks absolutely amazing.

    My lilacs didn't do well this year. I was so disappointed - the bushes are huge, green healthy, just not many blooms and they kinda came and went before I even realized I had missed them! Usually when I have the kitchen window open the fragrance is so strong it is nearly stifling - this year I didn't even SMELL them - weird. We won't know why. We looked online when to trim (bush outside of kitchen window has gotten too large) and last year we trimmed heavily right after blooming as it said to do - then of course we had the winter from h e double hockey sticks - could it be that combo that did this? Any idea?

    Thanks for sharing such beauty. Hugs.

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  8. Oh, how I miss lilacs and their heavenly scent, Judith! Your outside tea looks so pretty and then another favorite that I miss...lily of the valley. Thankfully my memory reminds me of their wonderful scent, too. Your teacups are perfect for your tea, and yes please, I'd love a scone. Now I must go visit the Murchie Tea website....

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  9. Love all your lilies-of-the valley in the vase and on the cups, wonderful.

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  10. Oh what gorgeous blooms! Those bleeding hearts are just beyond beautiful and it never ceases to amaze me how the Lord create SO many different types of flowers! I can almost smell those lilacs too :) What a lovely setting for tea your tea!

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  11. I have never heard of them being called Dutch girl caps...charming...that's just what they look like! Your lily of the valley tea looks wonderful. Did your husband join you? Mine would join me if it were not too hot. It is too hot today!

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  12. Love your pretty outdoor tea setting! My garden also has bleeding hearts which have managed to thrive despite my less than green thumb!

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  13. Beautiful flowers, Judith...just gorgeous...I can smell those lilacs here! ...:)JP

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  14. You have so many beautiful blossoms to enjoy! We are a bit behind you, but I'm enjoying the sweet fragrance of Apple blossoms this week. Our lilacs are just opening. My rhododendron is a late bloomer, so still just looking at buds... Thanks for sharing all the garden beauty!

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  15. Hi Judith - Such lovely flowers and blooms; my flowers are just starting. Not nearly as pretty as yours! Love your tea set too.

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  16. Oh -- I have that teapot! Just got at Bernideen's. Your flowers are so lovely; I especially love the bleeding hearts. Our lilacs have bloomed and are gone, such a shame they don't last longer as they smell so good and are so lovely. Love your vase of lilies of the valley, too.

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  17. Judith, Love the box of annuals! Glad you are still able to trial for PW! The lilacs are beautiful, one of my favorite flowers. I adore the fragrance. Ours are long gone, but it was a great year for them. Your tea setting is pretty, Judith. Hope you have had a good week.
    Hugs, Beth

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  18. Your Lily of the Valley teacups go well with the teapot and fit perfectly into the outdoor setting. Love the photo of the Beauty of Moscow all creamy white with a hint of color. Our lilacs are gone so I really enjoy seeing yours.

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  19. Oh, I think I can smell those lily-of-the-valley just by looking at your photo! How lovely. Your flowers are looking gorgeous. Enjoy.

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  20. Your tea setting on your garden table is so beautiful!!! I am sure that your tea must have tasted even nicer out there! xx

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  21. Just stopping by to say hello!! I love your flower photos, so pretty. The Paris Afternoon tea sounds exactly like something I need....like now :). I love a nice afternoon tea and scones. So good for the soul. Take care. Trish

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  22. Dear,Judith.
    How lovely to see those flowers in your garden. Especially the red and white hearts in bloom are pretty.Your table setting is perfectly gorgeous using your lily-of-the-valley teacups and flowers from your garden!! It makes me think that spring is around you.
    I look forward to joining Mosaic Monday soon. Have a good weekend!

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  23. Judith,
    I just found your blog and the little I´ve seen so far is so lovely.I love the bleeding heart and I planted a white one in my garden this your too.Your annuals look great.My lilacs are gone now but I loved their smell.The table setting is so enchanting !!Great pictures,thanks for sharing.Have a wonderful weekend.
    Caroline

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  24. The box of annuals is just beautiful, Judith! I love all the delicate flowers inside.
    Your lily of the valley tea table is lovely. You always set such an inviting table to sit and enjoy a cup of tea, and a special treat.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Debbie
    xo

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  25. Your post is very pretty, Judith. Lilacs are one of my springtime favourites and you've reminded me that I need to go into a corner of the garden where lily-of-the-valley blooms. Some much needed rain arrived today. Good luck with the flower trials.

    Karen

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  26. Beautiful Judith! We are getting some rain finally...My Josee is blooming and with our heat the flowers aren't lasting.

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  27. I enjoyed your spring flowers. Ours are gone now, the bleeding heart--one stem hanging on--, the lilacs, too. The iris are weak this year, stunted by cold weather. And scone slathered in lemon curd, my you do live the good life. And we had sun today, all day. Finally. Enjoy your rain.

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  28. Gardening AND a tea party, what bliss. I would love some rain, it's pretty hot here already.
    Amalia
    xo

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  29. Oh, how I envy you for being able to grow bleeding hearts! I think they are so gorgeous, but I've never managed to get one to live around here. And those lilacs ... ahhhhh! Your new tea sounds quite delicious, so now "Murchie's" is on my teatime bucket list!

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  30. Actually managed to get online today. Great photos Judith.

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  31. Judith, your tea table is a delight to the eyes! I love the birdie teapot, the teacups and your dainty lily-of-the-valley! Your garden in the background makes a perfect spot for a cup of tea. Just beautiful! I couldn't help but notice your adorable Topaz in your Mosaic Monday posting. He is just so sweet! I want to give him a squeeze. Happy June, my friend!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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