Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tea on Thursday and My Garden Journal

The gardens are lush with all the rain.
Above is the reading garden, a nice place to sit with a book beside the pond and listen to the water spilling over the rocks. Ferns, astilbes, hostas and heucheras with a tall bugbane at the back inhabit this shady bed.
The surface of the pond is 75% covered by waterlilies which help keep the algae under control.
This is part of the teahouse garden and I'm excited to have 5 blooms for the first time on the poppy  'Harlem'.
It is a beautiful pink and burgundy with a second bloom to come in late summer.
Last year I took a tufa trough workshop and made a butterfly. It overwintered with no crumbling so I planted it the other day with hens and chicks to fill in the wing areas. There are holes drilled in each section for drainage. 
I'm still brining peonies in the house and decided to float 'Sarah' in my teacup before using it. She looks quite the lady in my winged Butterfly Meadow cup by Lennox.
A decadent treat for afternoon tea this week.

Happy Gardening, Take Time for Tea!

35 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Judith! Your pond looks wonderful. Our lilypads are very thick too. I love the pretty poppy. And your butterfly planter is so cute. Your peonie, tea and sweet look awesome. Have a happy day!

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  2. whatever it means, decadent, in german its a word for gypsy (?) rich people....?!
    I could look in my dictionary, but i don´t.
    however, I like your posts an the thougt, that you pass a comfortable day!
    Yours Pippa

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  3. The butterfly is unique and perfect for the hen and chicks.
    Ms. Bernstein did well here this year. Yours looks so perfect in the your lovely meadow cup.

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  4. I just love the 'Harlem' poppy. I have wanted a pink poppy for a while and must try to remember this lovely cultivar's name when I am next out plant shopping.

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  5. I love your beautiful garden. What a wonderful space to enjoy. Your butterfly is wonderful too and so pretty. You did a great job making it and then planting and adding the glass stones! Your tea table looks like the perfect spot to sit and enjoy all the beauty of your garden.

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  6. Your poppy is stunning! I LOVE the color! I am such a fan of peonies, and yours is lovely!

    Deanna

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  7. That Papaver 'Harlem' is a beautiful one I did not know yet. Your butterfly so pretty!
    Enjoy your teatime,
    Janneke

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  8. Wonderful and colorful photos, i like it all !
    Greetings from Germany

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  9. Hello Judith,
    your garden and afternoon tea look lovely, as always. I like especially your butterfly planter with the beautiful plants.
    My days have been very busy but I finally managed to make a small tea and gardening post.
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  10. Judith I love the colour of that poppy and it's a bonus to have a second bloom later in the summer. Your gardens are beautiful. Have a great afternoon.

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  11. I love seeing your garden, Judith, and it is lush with beauty. Your butterfly is so pretty all planted with hens and chicks. I'm thinking that maybe I need some waterlilies to control the algae in my small waterfall. Your tea time is a well deserved rest!

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  12. Your garden is so beautiful!!! So many lovely plants, especially that poppy and the wonderful peony too! They are stunning! Love your butterfly planter too! xx

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  13. I love the butterfly tufa container, it looks lovely all planted up. Have you heard of a hosta called a cup of tea? We saw one in a garden a few weeks ago, where every year she has a sale of hosta and shade loving plants.

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  14. Your gardens are so beautiful ! I can imagine myself reading a book and sipping tea by your pond. The poppy is beautiful and I don't believe I've ever seen one such a lovely color.

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  15. Hi Judith, Your shade garden is perfection! So beautiful. Love the water lilies on your pond. I have a couple - yes, only two! Mine haven't bloomed yet but I'm hopeful. 'Harlem' is a stunning poppy, Judith. Love it! I love 'Sarah Bernhardt' too. My peonies are done for the year. :(
    I enjoyed your tea and gardening post today. Hugs and blessings to you, Beth

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  16. What a great garden. I'm in love with that poppy.

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  17. Oh my golly, Judith - your reading garden is spectacular!!!!! I don't have much shaded area - and could never EVER grow hostas, the deer would eat it to the ground overnight. I am in awe of how tranquil that looks!

    I cannot even believe you made that neat butterfly shaped planter. Your succulents there are perfect!

    Your teatime with that beautiful peony is exquisite. Sure makes me wish I was sitting and sniffing that pretty blossom and enjoying tea with you. Keep up the good work, your gardens are awesome.

    So nice to be back - hope I may continue catching up = not easy lately. Huge hugs. ♥

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  18. Judith, I love your garden and your butterfly teacup by Lennox!

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  19. Your gardens and talent are outstanding, Judith...just beautiful!...:)JP

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  20. What lovely and peaceful gardens you have. That poppy is a gorgeous color. You did a great job with your butterfly, in making it and filling it with growing bits.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  21. Two things before I forget...that poppy! Incredible! I have never seen one like it. And your butterfly creation...so charming and beautiful planted. What a great gift idea that would be. I always enjoy seening the nooks and crannies of your beautiful garden!

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  22. Love the reading garden :) What a tranquil spot to sit and read. Is that a Japanese fern I see tucked in the beds? There's something so peaceful about shade gardens. My shade garden around our pond is my favourite. I've recently read that a few real copper pennies in the bird bath will inhibit algae. I'm going to see if this is safe for the fish and might place a copper pipe across the waterfall to keep algae down in there. Your peony looks so pretty in the winged teacup! Enjoy your weekend Judith :)
    Wendy

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  23. A lovely tea and I like the peony in the teacup…and the first picture is so gorgeous--what a nice spot to sit and read or talk or think!

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  24. Dear Judith,
    You have a beautiful garden.Your tea cup, the peony in the cup and the pink candle on the blue mat.....sooo lovely. Looks like waterlilies are going to flower soon. I remember pretty ping waterlilies in your pond.
    Have a happy day.

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  25. Your reading garden looks wonderful and so does the pond. I couldn't get the water lilies to grow in mine since it was in the shade and algae was a huge problem. Word to the wise- make sure your pond gets some sun! Your tea house garden looks great- I see some coral bells there- love the color of the plant. The peonie is beautiful- such a soft tender color- mine are just starting to bloom.

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  26. Oh your reading garden looks lovely. What a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy a good book. That poppy is gorgeous. I have a soft spot for poppies, I'll have to see if I can find that one.

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  27. Your Harlem poppy is beautiful! I hope this will be the first of many blooms!

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  28. Judith, I just love the first photo and that remarkable pathway. It's simply beautiful. What a nice space to sit and read or just think. Beautiful.

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  29. PS - My peonies still aren't open. At this rate, there will be some for the open garden weekend in mid-July!

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  30. How lovely and peaceful it looks,I can almost feel the cool breeze.

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  31. Your garden photos are so lovely, Judith. What a wonderful spot to sit and read...especially with the pond right there. That would be paradise for me.
    Your poppies are stunning! and you get to see them again this season!!
    The floating bloom is perfection.
    Have a great week.
    Debbie
    xo

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  32. Your garden is beautiful and the tea was lovely---Thank You---but the Poppy Harlem is exquisite.
    MB

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  33. So much beauty — from the lush green gardens to the poppies and peonies to that magnificent butterfly planter … it's the prettiest one I've seen yet!

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  34. Judith that reading garden is beautiful and peaceful with the water garden filled with lilies....I adore that butterfly planter...just a stunning display.

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