Monday, April 9, 2012

Tulips & Tea

I have some fresh tulips from my garden to share with you today.  I just love pink and purple flowers!  Tulips, always make me think of clogs and windmills.  Of course, tulips don't have the vibrant scent like roses, but they do have their own unique style of splendor.

A blossoms basket filled with purple tulips.

So soft and elegant ...

Although different tulip colors carry distinct meanings - yellow tulips symbolizing cheerful thoughts, white conveying forgiveness and purple representing royalty - a Turkish legend may be responsible for the red tulip's symbolism.  The story goes that a prince named Farhad was love struck by a maiden named Shirin.  When Farhad learned that Shirin had been killed, he was so overcome with grief that he killed himself - riding his horse over the edge of a cliff.  It's said that a scarlet tulip sprang up from each droplet of his blood, giving the red tulip the meaning "perfect love."

I'm enjoying tea on the patio with my Royal Albert "Prairie Crocus" teacup.  This cup is one of my favorites with its lavish gold gilt. 

An airy trellis basket with an open weave transports tulips to the kitchen.

"Grow what you love.  The love will keep it growing."
 ~ Emilie Barnes ~

Thank you to our wonderful hostesses.  Please be sure to stop back next week for my special "Tea on the Titanic" post and giveaway.  I am linking this week with the following ladies:

Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tuesday Cuppa Tea @ Antiques and Teacups
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations
Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Bloomin' Tuesday @ Ms. Green Thumb Jean
Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes
Tuesday Garden Party @ An Oregon Cottage

Teacup & Saucer:  Royal Albert "Prairie Crocus"
Baskets:  Longaberger Blossoms w/Garden Vine Liner & Trellis Hurricane in Washed Linen Stain
Lace Linen:  Antique Shop


Dr Sonia S V said...

Your tulips are so beautiful


KarinsArtScrap said...

wow donna these tulips are gorgeous specialy the color.
beautiful decorated table.

greetings karin

Beth said...

I love your purple and pink tulips. Your Prairie Crocus tea cup is really beautiful! I enjoyed your post.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Donna, your blog is beautiful. I started following you on Linky Followers so I can remember to stop by more often (whenever I want to see something pretty!)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a lovely teacup, Donna. Of course, your tulips are gorgeous! Such a pretty post and thank you for joining me for tea today.


Snap said...

Tea on the patio looks divine! Your Royal Albert "Prairie Crocus" teacup is gorgeous and the lovely purple tulips such a pleasing compliment. Happy Tea Day!

Anonymous said...

Your tea cup is gorgeous! It looks amazing with the lovely tulips! Happy Tea Day!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Donna,
this Turkish love story ends really sad. I love tulips very much, especially their texture and the special scent. We have a song, which says, Narcissus and Tulipan have nicer clothes than the silk of king Salomo. And if one look close to a tulips bloom, one can see that the blossoms do iridesce like silk. Thank you for this delightful tea time, the tea cup is gorgeous as the flowers.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandy said...

I'm a Tulip lover and there is
always a bouquet in my kitchen..
I wish they lasted longer..
Love your tea cup also..

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a fascinating story! I haven't heard that. Your tulips are gorgeous! And the RA teacup is too. Lovely! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Becky said...

What a wonderful story about red tulips. These are gorgeous along with that cup.

Jean said...

Lovely colors! I posted late this week so you added your link to last week. I moved it to this week. Jean

VBR said...

What beautiful photos. Your china collection is wonderful. The Prairie Crocus pattern is quite something. thanks for sharing with us!

daisy g said...

I have tulip envy!

Ann Marie Governale said...

Just beautiful... gorgeous photos. Your tulips are so lovely.

Cynthia said...

Donna, that tea cup is a stunner. I love it and the tulips are devine.



Oh how beautiful! Your tulips ar gorgeous in purple and the teacup is lovely. Great photos! Wish we had tulips around here, but we rarely do and they're imports as they are a 4 season flower. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit.

Unknown said...

Oh how I wish I could grow tulips here!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Lovely tulips! I love their colour!

Terri said...

Oh wow! Your Royal Albert crocus cup is stunning! It looks especially marvelous with your beautiful tulips! They go together so well. I love that tea cup, so intensely gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

visiting from Ms. Green Thumb Jeans... your tulips are beautiful. I had that shade of purple on my table this Easter!

Corinnea said...

Gorgeous tulips! The color is fantastic. The tea cup is yummy. All your photos are beautiful!

Linda said...

Beautiful tulips

Kat said...

I love your tulips! Also enjoyed the story of the red ones too. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Kat

Millie said...

The prairie crocus cup is lovely...the prairie crocuses are blooming here in Manitoba now!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Your purple tulips and that gorgeous china teacup match so beautifully together.

What a beautiful post!

Carrie Sampsel said...

What beautiful tulips! I love that shade of purple.

Clara said...

Hi Donna!
Beautiful post. Your Royal Albert teacup is so pretty and it matches the purple tulips so well. I wish I could grow tulips here but it just isn't cold enough for them.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Beautiful Donna. I love the pink and purple tulips. I must admit, I will never look at a red tulip the same now that I know that tragic story. I love red tulips next to yellow ones.

SandyK said...

Beautiful photos, Donna.

EllenaElizabeth said...

Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
PS I have two similar to this but one is black and pink and the other green and pink.

pam said...

Beautiful tulips and photos! I am currently reading "The Language of Flowers" and it is so interesting!

~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Oh I love your purple tulips, and tea set! I used to have a deep purple tulip in the yard, but the squirrel ate them!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures!
I love tulips!
Congratulations on the fruits of your garden!
Tea and flowers is a perfect combination!

I'm fascinated by the story of the Titanic!

Denise @English Purple Ribbon said...

Hi Donna! This is only my second linky party. I'am so glad I found your beautiful blog! Denise from

Kathy said...

Hello Donna - I just love your purple tulips and your crocus teacup. Gorgeous - beautifully photographed! Thank you for sharing the meaning of the color of the tulips - I love learning something new every day,
I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

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