Friday, June 3, 2011

Tea in the Garden

Welcome friends,

I thought it would be a perfect time to have tea in the garden so I am linking today with Bernideen for Tea in the Garden on Saturday.  It is a beautiful day with a slight breeze.  My weigela "Java Red" is blooming profusely in light pink flowers with crimson throats.  This shrub makes a perfect backdrop for my stone garden bench.

A garden path awaits your arrival with a friendly cat statue.  Once you reach the top, please do step on the thyme I have planted in front of the bench.  This perennial is meant to be underfoot and has a wonderful fragrance.

This plant seems to really love this spot and has blended well with my creeping phlox.  I allow it to spread and generally flaunt itself when in bloom.

Did you notice the adorable cat looking down at the pretty geraniums?  Go ahead and pet him - he would love the attention! 

A cup of relaxing honey vanilla tea is being served today in my Lenox Accoutrements set.  Designer Anna Griffin's passion for English garden florals is reflected in this elegant cup and saucer with an antiqued rim.  Lush flowers in varying shades of pink and cream are in bloom against the cup's ivory body.

I have picked a David Austin rose for you with gypsophila from my garden.

This is the right side of my gazebo.  Soon my peonies will be in bloom!

"Gardens allow us to be a part of nature rather than apart from it."

I'm so glad you came to relax and enjoy the garden with me.  I’m also linking with the following ladies:

Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Martha’s Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Tea for Two @ The Plumed Pen
Bloomin' Tuesday @ Ms. Green Thumb Jean
Tuesday Garden Party @ An Oregon Cottage
Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Cottage Flora Thursday @ Fishtail Cottage


Janet said...

what a beautiful setting. Love your Gazebo!!! Janet Blondell

Becky said...

I want to come and live at your house :).
Your garden is breath taking.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow donna what a wonderful garden, your sitting area is beautiful.
like a cup of tea please [ lol ].

greetings karin

Anonymous said...

Thanks Donna, my eye is slowly healing ;)

Oh LOVE your garden!! honey vanilla tea in that beautiful cup sounds good to me!!

Have a lovely weekend, Jannet

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Donna
So nice to have tea with you in your garden; the stepping stones are adorable. I'm staying with family so couldn't join the tea party myself but it's fun to visit others.
You've linked with lots of tea parties!

Bernideen said...

I have been working on all my gardening files and saw several articles about David Austen Roses I had saved for years. I don't have any but wouldn't that be fun! I especially want to go back and read the articles about historic old cemetary roses, etc. Yours is so lovely and your garden a delight! Thanks!

Connie B. said...

Oh my what a gorgeous garden. I'd spend my summer days there just relaxing. The kitty is so sweet...Beautiful... Thanks for sharing...

Pam~ said...

Definitely a Southern Living garden, Donna! Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the stone accent pieces too!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
Your garden is delightful and I love the gazebo. Your tea cup is very pretty and looks right at home with your lovely bouquet. I love the kitty peeking down on the ground; such a sweet touch! Thanks for joining me for tea today and have a wonderful week.


Snap said...

Donna, how perfect! Lovely garden (complete with kitties). Beautiful blooms and a beautiful cup of tea. Honey vanilla sounds wonderful. Happy Tea Day!

Diana LaMarre said...

What a lovely spot to enjoy a cup of tea!

Racquel said...

Your garden is so tidy and beautiful, I would love to have tea there. :)

Unknown said...

What a beautiful setting! The perfect summer afternoon tea. :)

Have a great week!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Oh Donna, that is the kind of setting that would make me feel like I was on are gifted to be able to keep up with so many flowers, and bushes. Trust me I am envious, I can't grow anything...after years of trying I finally gave up. It is a pleasure to enjoy yours through pictures.

Terri said...

Donna, you have such a lovely garden setting for tea! Your tea set is beautiful, I love all those roses. Anna Griffin does design beautifully. Your David Austen rose is very pretty too!
Terri said...

Beautiful garden and a wonderful place to have tea.

Jean said...

Beautiful setting for a tea party! Jean

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there Donna,

What a charmingly pretty tea time in your lovely garden!.., I love the soft summery colors and pattern on your tea set also.

Thanks for joining me for TTTT and also for my 86th 'Tuesday Tea For Two'; I always so enjoy having you join us as part of, 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland' and look forward to having you join us again!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Delightful! Your garden has such a wonderful welcoming feeling. I enjoyed admiring your flowers and the kitties and the delicious tea!


debbie said...

lovely garden!!!

Mindy said...

Very pretty garden!

cherry said...

Lovely! What a beautiful place to sit and do nothing.
Happy Thursday and hugs from Savannah, Cherry

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Lovely garden! I love your cats!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Beautiful garden! Just love the garden bench and sweet kitty ;o)
Thanks for sharing!


Fishtail Cottage said...

Sigh, i could sit & visit for hours - what an amazing sanctuary you have! thanks for sharing over at Cottage Flora Thursday's garden party! xoox, tracie

Polished Moxie said...

What a wonderful setting for an afternoon tea or cup of coffee. Love the statues.

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