Monday, July 8, 2013

Peony Tea

Welcome to tea this week!  We had some beautiful very warm days over the holiday weekend and it is just what my flower gardens needed!  It seems like all of a sudden my gardens are full of color.

For this week I thought I would have tea by my peonies.  I always look forward to peony time for their sweet smell and beauty.  We had lots of rain lately so the blooms are not as perky as a few days ago.









I'm using  mismatched dishes for tea time today, all thrift store finds.







I love the teacup with the sweet flowers in the center. Her last name is Coalport  Maybe I'll call her Sweetness!  The saucer goes well with quite a  few of my lone teacups.  The mark says Orleans, Bavaria.









The sugar bowl with the dainty flowers is unmarked and found without it's mate, the creamer.






The little lady is so precious to me.  My Mom gave her to me years ago.  She put her Mother's butterfly brooch on top of the basket the lady is holding.














My Brother and Sister-in-law  gave us the tall light pink peony for a house warming gift over twenty years ago and the darker peonies were from a friends garden that many years ago.  What a sweet remembrance of the loved ones who gave them to me.










Thank you so much for visiting and seeing what is blooming in my garden!  I will be joining the following lovely parties this week:  Tea Time Tuesday,  A Return To Loveliness, Tea In The Garden, Teacup Tuesday, Tabletop Tuesday, Cottage Garden Party, Share Your Cup Thursday, Simple and Sweet Fridays, Home Sweet Home, Show and Tell Friday, and Pink Saturday.

37 comments:

Sylvia said...

What a pretty garden you have. Thanks for Tea, it was just what I needed. Love your figurine,so precious!

Have a good day,

Karen said...

It is just gorgeous! I love your setting, teacups and beautiful flowers. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful week!
Karen

Millie said...

Beautiful spot to have tea! I can imagine the scent of peonies around the table. Lovely china too!

Lavender Cottage said...

So nice to be in your garden again and this time by the peonies. The little green chair looks comfy and the figurine from your mother is sweet, especially since she added her butterfly brooch.
Judith

kitty said...

Hi Nancy, your garden is always so dreamy. I love the darling figurine that was your mothers. Your teacup is so pretty and I'm loving the mismatchy-ness of your table. As always your tea in the garden is so inspirational.

M.A. said...

what a beautiful lovely spot you have. I would spend my weekends relaxing with a cup of tea and a book. The peonies are just stunning.

Marie Angelique

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

You have a dreamy garden, Nancy, and I love your gorgeous peonies! Your mis-matched dishes are very pretty and that little figurine holding the precious butterfly brooch is so lovely. It's nice to have treasures from those you love. It's always a pleasure to have you come for tea and I wish you a delightful week, dear friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Antiques And Teacups said...

Your peonies are gorgeous! I think they are the most beautiful flower. I like them much better than roses. Love the gorgeous pink of the teacup! You must love taking tea in the garden...I know I'd love it!
Ruth

June said...

Hi Nancy,
I love your garden!!! Your china for tea is so lovely! Your peonies
are so beautiful. When I dry mine I just leave them in the vase rather than hanging them because I don't like it when they are flattened because I use them in wreaths. The air here in my part of Idaho is extremely dry so it is perfect for this type of drying method. If you live where there is a lot of moisture in the air it may not work for you. One year I dried them over a rainy week here and they just turned brown. This year was perfect for peony drying because our temps were HOT and dry :)
warmly,
June

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Gorgeous - it looks like it should be in a magazine!

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

This is so gorgeous. If I lived closer I would gladly bring the scones. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I adore peonies and those are gorgeous!

Terri said...

Your peonies are gorgeous! What a lovely place to have tea. Your tea table is beautifully set. Very romantic and pink. What a lovely tea cup! The flowers in the bottom of the cup are very pretty!
How wonderful that your flowers were gifts from loved ones. That makes them that much more precious!
Hugs,
Terri

gardenbunny said...

I love your peony blooms! I only have the Sarah Bernhardt variety so it is a treat to see your huge flowers! The whole garden looks lovely! Maybe I can stop again! We are keeping busy here in South Carolina at our Garden Gate Rabbit Park! Visit our website sometime!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my what a fabulous garden and your teascape is stunning. I love the addition of the precious figurine. So beautiful. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Bernideen said...

This is so incredibly beautiful. Your peonies are amazing. I love your table and this fabulous setting for tea! Lovely dishes.....and your garden is perfect!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh my, such an exquisite setting for tea in a lovely garden! Wish I could go for a spot of tea in such gorgeous china. Thank you for liking my new runner. Big hugs,
FABBY

Martha's Favorites said...

I just love the size of your beautiful yard. Your table looks like you would find it right in the magazine you have displayed. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

relevanttealeaf said...

What a lovely outdoor tea by your peonies, and how wonderful that the flowers were a gift you've been enjoying for several years. Both the figurine from your mother, and your grandmother's butterfly brooch are beautiful. Love your tea table too!
~ Phyllis

Barbara said...

Hello Nancy, thanks for visiting and commenting. Coalport china was very popular when I was young. Of course these days very few people use china as mugs are all the thing and less likely to break and they will go in the dishwasher.

Michelle said...

What a beautiful garden to sit in and enjoy while having tea! The peonies are so pretty. I love your table setting and china. The girl figurine is precious. Happy Tuesday, Michelle

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh, your garden is absolutely heavenly and a perfect setting for romantic tea!

Very beautiful!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh how I miss Peonies! I first discovered them in Ohio years ago, when we rented a big old home in a small rural community while my husband was in seminary. The peonies popped up in the spring and I was so thrilled with their fragrance and beauty! Sadly, they are another of my favorite flowers that do not grow in Florida. I have some artificial ones that I keep on my buffet! They aren't quite the same, but they make me smile. Loved your tea cup, sugar bowl, and little girl from your mother. What a treasure. Thank you for sharing it with us. Lovely lovely lovely.

Martha said...

A lovely tea!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a delightful setting for tea. Your Garden is beautiful. And I just had tea today with a little figurine that graced my table :-) Great minds........

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Susan Boback said...

What a beautiful seating. I can smell that Great Lakes air and peonies by just viewing this post. How relaxing it is to have a cup of tea in the garden. I'm going to have to look for some cups with the color on the inside. Imagine a guest's surprise when they see that beautiful shade of pink as they drink their tea. You are an inspiration - I'll have to have tea amongst the blooms of my garden.

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

Thanks for visiting Sweetwater Style. I see you too are a peony lover....can you believe they are blooming in July!? What a strange summer! Love your blog and am now a follower!

Jann Olson said...

Nancy, Peonies are among my favorites. I missed mine blooming this year. They came and went while we were in Spain. Yours are lovely and flowers that were given as gifts are always so special. I love getting starts from friends. Then I always think of them when they bloom. Love the little girl with the brooch! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Micupoftea said...

What a lovely setting, Nancy! I see you enjoyed a bit of reading with your outdoor break. Thx for stopping by my blog :)
S

Linda Bouffard said...

OMG. I have that same magazine, Cottage Style. I have been pouring over it. I love your teaparty, too. Come over and link to my party. I'd love that. Nice to meet you. I'm a follower now. Linda

http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/07/what-to-do-weekends-28.html

KathyB. said...

Your peonies are beautiful. I like the way you use your thrift store finds to set the table for tea and the teacup is a real gem !

Tammy N said...

Such a lovely tea party! Your garden and peonies are beautiful!

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Susan Clayton said...

Such a charming spot! This vignette really captivated me. Happy Pink Saturday!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, how lovely - my Peonies are long gone - yours are exquisite and you set the table beautifully - LOVE the setting! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

My Little Home and Garden said...

As someone who loves peonies, I would enjoy this lovely tea!

-Karen

RitaR said...

I've just found your blog and am captivated by your lovely gardens. I just had to comment that when I saw your tea table set among the lovely peonies, all the sweet fragrance came to me from my memories of my own lovely peonies. Thank you for sharing your gardens and tea tables and filling your blog with these exquisite photos .... they carry me away!