Jun 17, 2011

Surprise Lilacs and Tea...

It was a day of small surprises...

(click photos to enlarge)

the first surprise...
an almost sunny day...
soft fluffy clouds floating by....


I decided today was a good day
for the first tea in the garden this year...


I brought a rosy cup,
and a rose....



the second surprise of the day...

Lilacs!!
While pruning the spent lilac blooms,
these three beauties were tucked up under the eaves,
still perfect!!

Just when I thought it was over :-)




I brought along an old book on garden tools...


to browse...



while I sip...


and wish....
 I had a watering can collection
as grand as this!

Today I am joining...


Thanks for joining me!

37 comments:

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Lovely tea post Bella. Love the colouration in the lilacs. I have a few of your poppies coming up in the garden. V

Entertaining Women said...

Lilacs always cause a sigh to escape my lips. They are so lovely...what a wonderful way to enjoy the last of the blooms for this year. Cherry Kay

Rachel Noelle said...

so pretty!;) Rachel

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely summer post...I can just hear the bees buzzing in the lilacs...so peaceful!
Thanks for sharing!
Ruth

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Beautiful! I especially love your first picture. I'm so glad you shared your lilacs. We've never had any in our yard until 2 weeks ago, and we planted 8 large shrubs. I can hardly wait 'til next Spring! You've just confirmed that the wait will be worth it!

Deborah said...

Lovely lilacs and lovely tea-time.
Glad to have joined you :)

Deborah xo

Susan said...

That was nice, Bella---a most lovely post. Susan

Sarah said...

How lovely! Lilacs and tea along with that fascinating book ~ I'm in. I wish I had just one vintage watering can. ;-)
~ Sarah

Olga said...

Hello Bella,

The garden tea setting is beautiful. I love your chair and that lacy piece, so romantic. The teacup is very lovely, what a cute handle it has.

D said...

What a lovely post. So relaxing.
D

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella... what a beautiful day for tea in your garden... your chair is so pretty and I love the vintage garden book... your surprise Lilacs are a special treasure... I just love finding hidden blooms!... everything looks just enchanting... xoxo Julie Marie

Carolyn said...

Oh! So pretty!!! I have that same chair-I must drag it out to the garden now that you have inspired me.

Enjoy your weekend,

Carolyn

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bella
You've set up a romantic looking tea on that adorable chair. Bet you had to keep the dogs inside - every time I bring food out to photograph a little 4 legged guy thinks it's for him. :-)
Judith

BrushedByAnAngel said...

Beautiful post - I wish I could grow lilacs, yours are so pretty. Happy Pink Saturday,
Brenda

Cathy and Steve said...

Oh my gosh, what a girl after my own heart! I absolutely adore your blog! And I love tea parties in the garden as well!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

How lucky, and what a pleasant surprise finding the hidden lilacs. They are so pretty!

Riet said...

What a lovely tea post. It all looks so romantic and wonderfuyl. Happy pink Saturday

Sheila said...

What beautiful lilacs! What variety are they - do you know? You take your tea pretty strong. :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

that was a nice suprise! I have the same book, and a big watering can collection...but not that big! Your table looks so pretty

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Your post is a Victorian painting! And you've included one of my favorite books. An unexpected bloom IS a nice surprise! And nice to share your lovely garden! xx

LV said...

I do believe everything came together just right for you to have your perfect day.

Bernideen said...

what sweet photos and this is just lovely! Your blog is always such a feast for the eyes and soul! I had my problems today with linky tool and gave up but have a link to you I did myself. Love your book!

Johanna said...

Hello Bella,
what a nice post. I am amazed about this wonderful Lilac blossom with white borders. What an outstanding sort of Lilac.
Best greetings, Johanna

Kathy said...

What a treat! I can just imagine how lovely they smell. There was a beautiful Lilac bush between mine and my neighbor's gardens when we lived in Ohio - unfortunately Lilacs don't do so well in our heat in Georgia. You've created a lovely tea in the garden - the chair is fantastic, love the rose covered teacup and that looks like a fascinating book! All the right elements for a lovely time in the garden.
Have a great weekend,
Kathy

JudyBug said...

Beautiful post! I love all the pics.

Linda said...

I love those lilacs ... I've never seen a lilac two toned like that. Gorgeous.
I moved from Eastern Washington to Colorado ... huge difference in gardening ... it is really a challenge here.
Bella, I'd like to invite you to my linky party "Show Me the Bunny" aka Bunday Monday. It is a June party and Giveaway. Heere is the link:
http://prettyistoo.blogspot.com/2011/06/monday-bunday-giveaway.html
Hope to hear from you soon.
Blessings, Linda

Melissa F said...

So beautiful. Lilacs remind me of my childhood in New Mexico, where they grew in abundance.

Marydon said...

So glad I kicked off my shoes, laid back & enjoyed your peaceful, beautiful setting. I adore lilacs.

Have a beautiful PS weekend.
TTFN ~
Marydon

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Bella,
What a beautiful post!!

Lovely tea cup and I also love the wicker chair!!

Hugs,
Deb

Anki said...

Your pictures are beautiful today too.

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

HI BELLA WHAT A SWEET POST SO SIMPLY AND SO ROMANTIC ,YOUR WICKER CHAIR IS LOVELY ,PLUS YOU FOUND YOUR SELF A LILAC ,IT MUST BE SPLENDID TO HAVE TE AT YOUR MAGICAL GARDEN IN MY SO VERY FAVORITE PLACE THE NORTHWEST,I HAVE READ SO MUCH ABOUT IT IN THE 1840.WHE THERE WAS THE BIG BARONS OF LUMBER AND THE BIG LUX HOMES THEY CREATE (PURE ROMANCE)...HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY BELLA

Kom Achterom said...

Hi Bella.
What a beautiful chair in a verry romantic garden!! ooh its a long time ago that i visite your blog. but now im back again. i go and read a lot of posts from you!!
happy week
Yolanda

Farah Muzaffar said...

Beautiful like always. your lilacs are stunning..so darling
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love
Farah

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Beautiful charming post. Love the lilacs I don't see many of those.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bella,
What a pretty post. Love the chair and such a pretty garden. A cup of tea among the roses and lilacs would be so charming! Thank you for sharing this with Tea Time. It's lovely having you. Wishing you a delightful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

this is such a pretty dreamy post! I love it. Thank you for sharing and I invite you to link up with Tea Party Tuesday here: http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/06/tea-party-tuesday-happy-birthday-to-my.html Blessings to you my dear!

Lynn said...

Hi, I am coming by way of Trish's Tea party today and I am late. So love the victorian wicker chair with the flowers and tea cup and lace. Very beautiful. I have been on your blog many times before and am always inspired by your gardens and your postings. Blessings.