Monday, May 9, 2011

Fresh from Garden Inspiration

There is no better way to bring the grandeur of the garden into your home than transforming a small space with tasty herbs or potted plants.

As Spring finally arrives I like to have fresh herbs on hand in my sunroom, which can be snipped off and added to recipes on a whim.  In the warmth of the day the plants will release fragrant oils and scent the air.  I have filled three pots with Oregano, Sage & Parsley and placed them in my back porch basket by Longaberger. 

I used pottery herb markers and wrought iron stakes to identify each plant.  I actually know what each herb is by the leaf type, but don't the markers look adorable?

The other baskets pictured are from the Longaberger At Home Garden Collection.  Both baskets have beautiful garden vine fabric liners and wrought iron plant stands replicating the vine motif.

With minimal effort you really can bring the simple beauty of the garden into your home to enjoy all year long.

I hope you're ready now to have some tea.  Please make yourself at home.  Today I am serving Peppermint tea in my crocus teacup.  This handpainted stoneware has a feminine vintage appeal.  I just love the scallop edges and the soft lavender and sage spring colors.

A close up of the pretty saucer with fresh violas from the garden.  These varieties are "Penny Orchid" and "Rocky Neon Violet".

A charming garden votive holder.

"Tea should be taken in solitude." ~ C.S. Lewis

Thank you for stopping to see my indoor herb garden and to have a cup of tea!  I’m linking with Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday, Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, and Katherine from Lady Katherine Tea Parlor.

Teacup & Saucer:  Longaberger Crocus Set
Baskets:  Longaberger (Back Porch, Flora & Seedling)
Liners:  Garden Vine & Dragonfly
Herb Markers & Stakes:  Longaberger Greenhouse Collection
Wrought Iron Basket Stands:  Longaberger Foundry Collection
Table Runner:  Prelude by Heritage Lace
Crocus Handkerchief:  Longaberger


Gemma said...

Your plants are so beautiful. Whenever I try to grow something they usually die after a few days!

KarinsArtScrap said...

your plants and herbs are looking beautiful donna.

greetings karin

Pam~ said...

Beautiful container garden Donna! Adore your color coordinated teacup, napkin, and flowers.

Karen said...

Very nice. I was just looking out my front door to find a squirrel enjoying the top of one of my beautiful pink tulips. I was blaming the neighbourhood bunny! Wish I knew what to do about these pesky little creatures. He has also been into the Gerbera daisies we purchased on the weekend, but have not planted yet!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
Your herb garden is very cute with its little pots and markers! Love your tea cup too! A charming tea. Thanks for sharing and for joining me today. Have a wonderful week.


xinex said...

Having tea by your cute herb garden must really be wonderful. I can imagine the fragrance and aroma!...Christine

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Donna,
I really love the herb markers. They do look adorable. And the crocus teacup is so outstanding. I have never seen such one before.
Best greetings, Johanna

paige said...

Beautiful pics Donna! Your space looks so inviting!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Donna
I love your little indoor herb garden. Mine was in clay pots on the kitchen window sill but now are going to be planted outside.
The crocus teacup is adorable.

Becky said...

Donna, that tea cup is beautiful! And love the little signs for the herbs.

Cindy said...

Donna!! What beautiful pictures!!! I love the Teacups and saucers!! I would love to have an herb garden, but unfortunately, my cat would eat them. I can't have any plants!!

Belle said...

Very pretty. Looks quite inviting and the fragrances must be so relaxing. Perfect spot to be in after a long days work. Thanks for sharing.

Southerncook said...

I love cooking with herbs and have a nice herb garden myself. I enjoyed your post.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Snap said...

Thank you for inviting to your indoor herb garden for tea. Everything is just lovely. The crocus teacup is lovely and to be surrounded by all your herbs ... what fun! And the fragrances! Happy Tea Day!

Unknown said...

Love the purple vignette mixed with herbs and flowers...visit me to see "blue"...thanx for sharing...Tiffany from The Cranky Queen

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

This is gorgeous. Love your herb garden and your teasetting is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

~fairygirlmichelle~ said...

oh my your plants are georgeous. I love that cup and saucer witht he purple. OMG. so elgent and cute.

Carrie Sampsel said...

What a fabulous indoor herb garden. I love the teacup and saucer too. So elegant. Take Care.

Connie B. said...

Love the cup and saucer on your table. So pretty. The tablescape is perfect with the small plants. Don't you just love spring?

we three dogs and me said...

Love the use of herbs and the tea cup is so pretty.

Polished Moxie said...

I too enjoy fresh herbs. I have had a herb garden that has expanded over the years. Love the tea cup.

gale said...

How pretty. I just love african violets. Yours is gorgeous!

Kathy said...

Hello! I think this is a wonderful way to bring the beauty of the outdoors in. Especially this time of the year! Love the markers and I am a great fan of Longaberger baskets! They look wonderful! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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