Monday, June 25, 2012

Haviland "Annette"

Summer is finally here and the temperatures have risen.  During summer, everything seems more vibrant, hopeful, and liberating.  I hope you will join me for tea in the garden on this warm day.


I'm still fond of my birdcages.  This one was a wonderful find at a local antique store.


A sweet little nest with speckled eggs and sprigs of lavender ...


The kettle is on and I have brought out a Theodore Haviland teacup in the 'Annette' pattern.  I love the soft florals with textured edges and gold trim.


Lavender is blooming in the garden with a divine aroma.


Fresh banana nut bread to share ...


Stachys 'Hummelo' lambs ear is showing off its lavender-rose flower spikes.  This perennial plant does not have the same fuzzy, soft leaves as the Stachys byzantine species, but I love it just the same.  The blooms last for a long time and butterflies adore it.


This rabbit is new to the garden.  When I took it out of the box my kitty Cheops didn't know what to make of it  :-)


I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!  I'm pleased to be joining these hosts:

Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Tuesday Cuppa Tea @ Antiques and Teacups
Tea in the Garden @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations
A Return to Loveliness @ A Delightsome Life
Bloomin' Tuesday @ Ms. Green Thumb Jean
Garden Tuesday @ Sidewalk Shoes
Cottage Garden Party @ Fishtail Cottage
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a daily cup from Mrs. Olson 

33 comments:

Diann said...

What a pretty post! Your birdcage is lovely and so is your teacup. Have a wonderful day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good afternoon Donna,
Your teacup is so lovely! Haviland makes such gorgeous china with delicate patterns. Love the sweet birdcage too. Such a pretty post with your sprigs of lavender and yummy banana bread. Thank you for stopping by for tea today.

Blessings,
Sandi

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love your teacup...so soft and sweet! Perfect for te in the garden. Your bunny is wonderful! My lavender is just budding, not out yet...but then we are in the Pacific Northwest! LOL! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Micupoftea~ said...

I'd love to join you...your garden is lovely and the rabbit is so handsome! I like birdcages too. Thx for visiting my blog today~
shawn

Cynthia said...

Donna, I would love to sit and have a cup of tea with you. Lovely post and I adore that bridcage. The Lavender goes without saying for me. Love it!

Cynthia

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, take out another Tea Cup - I'm on my way over, if I may?

Have a blessed week, Donna! Love your bird cage, too!

Blessings,
Donna

Rhonda Langley said...

That garden bunny is wonderful! I own two real life bunnies and my two cats are afraid of them!

Sherry said...

I enjoyed your post, your photos are lovely. I love the birdcage with the nest and my favorite flowers in it. I noticed that my lavender was close to being ready to cut, I will have to check tomorrow. The bunnie is sweet.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful! I love the bird cage and the great garden bunny! Charming. Thanks for your lovely comment. Hugs,
FABBY

KathyB. said...

The birdcage is lovely, even more so with a bird's nest and sprigs of lavender.And what garden is complete without a bunny, living and statuary?

Beautiful tea time post, I especially like your teacup.

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful photo's donna and great decorations.

greetings karin

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Donna! I love your new rabbit. he looks great sitting amongst the lavender.
~Clara

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Good morning! Love your birdcage - your photos of your teacup with the lavender are very beautiful! The rabbit is a great addition to your garden! I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Snap said...

Donna, I love the rabbit! I'd love to have tea in the garden, but have now entered the Hotter Than Hades period where I live ... so I'll enjoy tea in your garden! Love the Haviland cup. Happy Tea Day!

Zaa said...

Beautiful Haviland ..Their teasets are always so delicate and elegant to drink from....Your cup and little birdcage go so well together... and of course the lavender is a term of endearment for me, especially when there happens to be a rabbit hopping about ( ha Ha)...It's such a refreshing setting, Thank You for sharing... Hugs

Crafty Gardener said...

Hi Donna,

What lovely photos. I love the birdcage with the bird nest and eggs inside. I also really like your bunny.

Yael from www.HomeGardenDiggers.com

Rosemary said...

Gorgeous bird cage, love all the little touches....... making tea time a wonderful summertime retreat...

Terri said...

Hello Donna,
Your post is lovely today : )
The tea cup is very sweet and I really love how you treated the image. The cake looks delicious! I am baking a chocolate cake right now, and looking forward to it.
The birdcage is really special.
It looks so pretty on the table in your garden. And, your garden looks amazing! The new bunny a fab accent.
Hugs,
Terri

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love birdcages, too and this one is lovely! Your big rabbit is perfect, too! He would be washing away here in FL with all of the rain!

Mary Ellen said...

Your birdcage is so pretty. So glad your bunnies are the good kind which just look sweet and not eat all your pretty flowers! I hadn't heard of the other kind of lambs ear. I love the fuzzy one - take a leaf off and brush it on my face and hands as it is so soft- kids love the feel of it too. Plus it has a pleasant mild fragrance also.

Pam said...

How lovely. I adore birdcages too.

Au and Target said...

Love bird cages - as long as they contain plants and not animals. Guess I'm very eco at heart :-)

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Hi Donna: Your pictures are so beautiful. I love the birdcage with little nest and eggs, the charming tea cup, and the lovely pink flowers of your lamb's ears--very pretty. Thank you for sharing them with us, and have a great week!

Johanna said...

Hi Donna,
I love all vignettes you made with this sweet birdcage, the lavender and the beautiful china. That must be a delicious tea time. I smiled when I read that your kitty was impressed by the rabbit. It really looks very natural and looks so nice hidden in the Stachys.
Best greetings, Johanna

Eden said...

Nice post with beautiful photos. I love your birdcage.

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful photos from a beautiful garden and romantic arrengement. Great !

Katherines Corner said...

You have a beautiful garden sweet Donna. Yes I would love to share a "cuppa" with you there surrounded by so many lovely things. Beautiful table too. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

Nicole Buckingham said...

So sweet to share a cup of tea with friends-- yes please.

Aloha,
Following ya now from the Favorite Things Hop. We're riding the wave of life at localsugarhawaii.com one little adventure at a time and I'd love it if you'd join us for the sweet ride. And this Saturday we'll be peeking in to another sweet blogger's beach bag and launching our SUMMER Beach BAG Give away... I hope you'll join us.

xo,
Nicole
localsugarhawaii.com

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Your photos are lovely. Perfect spot to relax with a cuppa on a perfect summer day. Love the birdcage!
Visiting you from Cottage Garden Party :)

Fishtail Cottage said...

love the bunny w/the colorful Stachys 'Hummelo' lambs ear. so pretty! thanks so much for linking up to Fishtail Cottage's Garden party this week! xoxo, tracie

Jann Olson said...

Hi Donna, what a sweet post. I love the birdcage and nest with Lavender. So many pretties in your garden. The bunny is so cute peeking out from the Lambs Ear. I don't have that variety. I really would like to find it. Hope you enjoyed your tea in your sweet cup. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Carrie Sampsel said...

Oh how I do love that bunny!! He is so cute!! The flowers are beautiful as always and my lavender is just now starting to bloom. Hopefully it will be just as beautiful as yours!

Terry Blais said...

I have a birdcage with a nest and little speckled eggs in it AND a bunny. I love yours!

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