Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tea on Thursday - A Flower Show and Tea

The fall flower shows and tea are being held at many of the garden clubs this time of year and I attended one hosted by a sister society on the weekend.
I really liked this entry of herbs with the name stakes for identification.
An overview of more entries including the vegetable category. We were given a slip of paper to vote for our favourite and I chose the little Dutch shoe with a miniature arrangement.
I may have traded teacups to sip from this beautiful Paragon. :-) The sandwich plate and sweets were refilled for our table as I confess, gardeners like their tea goodies. Thank you to the Angus Horticultural Society for hosting a nice tea and show. My own society will host theirs on September 19.
I introduced Queen Anne's Lace to the butterfly garden in the front from seeds gathered in the wild a couple of years ago. When out dead heading the butterfly bush I noticed the caterpillar of an eastern black swallowtail on one of the stems.
Back in February when we visited a butterfly conservatory in Florida I purchased a butterfly castle to raise a butterfly myself if possible so brought it in. They have a very low life expectancy rate in this stage of life as they're a tasty meal for many birds.
It has been interesting to see how much food (Queen Anne's lace nest seedheads) this critter can eat, stems and all.  The side has a zipper for cleaning out the frass and a plastic side for viewing. Today the caterpillar starting doing something weird and I finally realized it was purging its body in preparation for the chrysalis stage. As I type it is wandering around the mesh looking for the perfect spot to attach. I had thought it might use the branch I included but remembered many were hanging from the top of the castles in Florida.
The adult eastern black swallowtail is fond of the echinacea in the butterfly garden and I look forward to releasing our 'houseguest' once it spreads its own wings.
Happy Gardening, take time for tea.
Linking to Amy's Five on Friday.

42 comments:

  1. Good morning, Judith. I like the herb arrangement and the sunflowers. The Dutch shoe is cute! I hope all goes well with your caterpillar. Pretty shot of the swallowtail and my favorite coneflower. Have a happy Thursday!

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  2. The Dutch shoe is particularly cute! I like to think that I am observant, yet I may not have noticed the caterpillar. Worse, I might have dispatched it. Yikes. Hope that we'll get to see the rest of the story.

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  3. Beautiful herbs and beautiful tea treats. I can see why you would trade out tea cups.

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  4. Wonderful photos and collages! The Dutch shoe arrangement is indeed very pretty - I think there's Nigella (one of my favourites) in it.
    All the best to the little caterpillar! And happy gardening to you! :)

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  5. I love the butterfly castle story...I didn't know there were such things :) It would be fascinating to watch this.

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  7. You're winding down the gardening season in a perfect way Judith! Love all the little arrangements in your photos. That herb display is so cute. What a lucky caterpillar to have his own castle safe from the birds. I've not seen too many butterflies this summer, although it seemed hopeful earlier in spring. Maybe I don't have the right flowers now. My butterfly bush died last summer and I have yet to replace it. Enjoy the upcoming long weekend!
    Wendy

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  8. How fun to go the flower show, Judith, and enjoy the beauty and have a delightful tea, too.
    I loved seeing your very own butterfly castle, and I know you're loving the progress.
    Happy rest of the week, dear Judith.

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  9. Lovely post and photos ! Hope your caterpillar grows into a lovely butterfly for you . I love tea and sweets nothing like it . . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  10. The tea looks lovely Judith. I'm curious to see how your caterpillar grows and transforms in your 'castle'. That would be so interesting to do.

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  11. No matter how hot, there is always time for tea :). Hope you have success with the butterfly.

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  12. Well, you're right....it must have been a glitch in the blog. At any rate, I can comment on your post. I just wanted you to know how lovely the cone flower is with its friend butterfly! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. I love your herb garden.. Inspired me to get some herbs and get going. Thank you for the motivation. cone flowers so interesting... Have a nice Weekend...

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  14. The cute Dutch shoe would have gotten my vote too!

    I admit that I've called "dibs" on pretty teacups at tea events. The sweets look delicious!

    Your butterfly castle is fascinating! .

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  15. It does seem that the taste of tea is enhanced by drinking it from a pretty teacup! I've been known to do the same thing. What a fun event. The little Dutch shoe arrangement is darling.

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  16. Such a lovely and delightful post, Judith :) Thank you for mentioning the Tea Cup Exchange - how very thoughtful of you!

    At one time I thought I followed your blog, but it appears I am not.... So I am happy to be following along :) Hugs and blessings to you!

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  17. Beautiful herb display and the little Dutch clog is stunning.

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  18. Thank you for joining Five On Friday! So many lovely things, how great that your gardening groups have these lovely teas so that you can share with others. A very nice thing to do! xx

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    1. I forgot to say! Hope you have a great weekend! xx

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  19. well now, that's a potful of herbs! Such a charming little pot. Have a great weekend.

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  20. I'll watch with interest to see how the caterpillar gets on. I love the various display at the garden show.

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  21. There are some splendid entries for the flower show plus the tea looks very civilised. I wonder long it will be until your guest swallowtail is ready to fly to pastures new. x

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  22. Oh such a lovely post! I love the herbs too and the clog with the arrangement in it. Your afternoon tea looks delicious. Have a lovely weekend xx

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  23. I would love to join some gardening groups like this. I know we have them all over Ontario, and I'm sure there is even one here in Milton. I'll have to make that a goal for 2016! Have a wonderful weekend. It's supposed to be another warm one!

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  24. Looks like a wonderful garden tea and the entries are very pretty. I like your choice :) So nice of you to save the caterpillar and watch his transformation into that beautiful butterfly! Visiting from 'Five on Friday'. - Karen

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  25. How fun! I've never been to a gardening tea but it looks wonderful! So nice to have met you via Jen from The Light Laughed!

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  26. They are lovely displays. A gardening group sounds like a fun club to belong to xx

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  27. Very nice mosaic of the flowers. - Oh I could go for some of those tea goodies. Awesome about the caterpillar, can't wait to see your butterfly.

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  28. How exciting for you to be raising your won swallowtail butterfly! especially that it came from your garden. And I love the tea and flower show idea! I may steal that for my church ladies. Loved the herbs, and the arrangement in the Dutch shoe especially. And the tea foods looks wonderful!

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  29. Hi Judith - (I'm back for today). Loved this post, and that last photo is gorgeous! Always love your mosaics.

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  30. I enjoyed seeing vignettes from the flower show. I really love hearing about and seeing your caterpillar. We have had lots of caterpillars this summer. I found 2 black swallowtail cats and 2 more monarchs this week; also found 3 monarch chrysalis today. I hope they survive. The first two chyrsalis I found did not. I think I need to be bringing in the 5th instar cats and raising them. Maybe next year. This year I have enough busyness going on, just keeping up with my own place and pets, and tending to Mom in the assisted living and working on her house to get it sold. I hope things slow down soon. Hugs, Beth

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  31. Such pretty photos. I love that Dutch shoe too - such a beautiful arrangement.

    Hope you have great luck with the butterfly & have a wonderful weekend. Xo

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  32. Is this ever fun! I have several caterpillars in my aquarium on the back deck.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  33. That's such a gorgeous butterly, and how good of you to help it along. They are so very fragile, it's a wonder that they make it through to the next stage isn't it?

    Jen

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  35. I'm hoping to attract more butterflies to my garden this Summer, so I've loved reading your post Judith!
    What an enterprising person who made the butterfly castle - it certainly must give them a better chance surviving the birds.
    I have a friendly blackbird visitor in my garden - well I think he thinks I'm the visitor - he's forever pulling worms out of the soil and I of course want the worms to remain!
    The Dutch shoe is a winner - aren't people clever.
    I like seeing less well known plants named in public gardens (and magazines I might add).
    Happy gardening
    Shane x

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  36. How exciting to raise your own butterfly! My kids would love that butterfly castle. I've never seen a swallowtail before, not having them round these parts :-) Wishing you a great week, Judith. xx

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  37. Your reflections post is exceptional! The pink reflections captured by your daughter are gorgeous! Do hope you are able to meet a beautiful butterfly ...that will be a special moment.

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  38. Flower shows and tea are indeed a fine combination, and I'm not surprised to hear your garden club friends like their teatime treats. Smart ladies! ;)

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  39. Tea and flower shows, a winning combination! You were no doubt in your element there. Enjoy the rest of your week, Judith.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  40. A wonderful visitor....and I love the flower show entries.

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  41. A wonderful visitor....and I love the flower show entries.

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