Jul 15, 2011

An Amusing Tea with Edith...

Our weather has been mild...
(this is a polite understatement)

(click photos to enlarge)

a day perfect to muse the day away
in the garden...



I decided to nest under the arbor
in the Hydrangea bed...

it's important to bring lots pillows
 and a good book...


I am always enchanted by
The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady,
by Edith Holden...


I brought along a cup for tea...

the cup and it's newly married saucer,
make a good match,
but not a true pair...

the new couple have just the right feel for todays tea...
nothing too fancy...


I gathered a bouquet of cuttings in my favorite
two sided bucket....


a bouquet Edith would enjoy....


nothing fancy...


the kind of flowers you could gather along the leat....


the kind of flowers,
I find to be the workhorse of my cottage garden...

the self seeders,
who behave a bit naughty...

the sort of flowers that give the garden
that lived in look,

like the magic of finding a secret garden,
wild around the edges...


flowers to press in the pages of a book,
to remind you of a lazy summers day...




tucked into a little nook to sip quietly...


watch the puppies frolic...


a day to maybe,
use long seedpods of the Toadflax,
as a book mark...

and enjoy a nap.....


a day for a just tad of refinement!

a single pink rose....
Harlow Carr...

I think Edith would approve....


Today I am joining...
Bernideen for
and

Thanks for joining me today....

37 comments:

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Looks like a beautiful, well spent day in the garden!~Hugs, Patti

Fabiana said...

Enjoy your weekend! Looks like it's off to a glorious start!

ciao from Newport Beach

Pamela Gordon said...

This is such a pretty post. Love the flowers and the lovely spot to rest for a cup of tea. Have a wonderful weekend. Pamela

Sandie said...

Hello! Just popped over to visit via Aitken House and Gardens blog.
Lovley post! It has all of my favourite things in it, well, some of them! Roses,other flowers,china,lace...all beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a great weekend,

Sandie xx

Bernideen said...

ALL VERY LOVELY HERE AND MAKES ONE WANT TO TAKE A NAP! Thank you for post Tea in the Garden!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Such a lovely post, Bella. The tea cup is very sweet and they look well together, the cup and saucer. Beautiful flowers! Happy Pink Saturday weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

One of my favorite books! I like the way you have done a trompe l'oeil photo with your flowers! Clever. I just love wild flowers too. This is a pretty place to sit in the garden. Edith would love it.

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Bella... what a beautiful little "nest" you have created for yourself in your garden... I too have that book by Edith Holden, and I refer to it all the time... I know she would approve of your beautiful flowers and setting for tea... love your pretty pillows, such an inviting spot!... the puppies are so cute too!... xoxo Julie Marie

Flea Market Lynn said...

You write the most elegant and beautiful posts........I enjoy them so much! As always, your photos are gorgeous......love the teacup too........

Lynn

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

It is so nice seeing sunshine in your photos. It is storming here yet again!

Ozma of Odds said...

~ beauteous ~
such an enchanted space...

xo, Rosemary

NanaDiana said...

I think Edith would be over the moon! I loved this post, Bella. And, personally, I like a bit of naughty in my gardens...the little unexpected surprises...well...except for the sassy weeds..I could do without them. xo Diana

my cup of tea said...

what a lovely afternoon and such a beautiful garden!
~Donna~

maría cecilia said...

Such a beautiful and lovely setting to rest and dream dear Bella!!!
hugs dear

Susan said...

What a lovely post. Your photos are enchanting. Susan

Mrs.Rabe said...

I have that book...I leave it open on our bookcase in the hall and change the open pages month by month!

Lovely Nature Journal - one I'd love for my kids to emulate!

Deanna

June said...

Bella your garden is such a respite for my soul. Every post you do is pure beauty. You have created an amazing eden.
I also wanted to tell you how much I love your blog design...so lovely!
sending hugs...

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

It sounds just heavenly. I hope you enjoyed your day. Have a wonderful weekend.

Light and Voices said...

Simply divine post.
Joyce M

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Your garden area is so peaceful looking and your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us. Happy Pink Saturday!

Johanna said...

Hello Bella,
you have a wonderful garden spot. This iron bench with lace pillows is so romantic as the book and the tea cup. Thank you for having me for tea there.
Best greetings, Johanna

jeanetteann said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely quiet place, it is so beautiful,I am in love with your pretty blog. x

lynne said...

Happy Pink Saturday
This post is worthy of publication, the photographs, the setting of the cup and saucer against those divine pillows, the prose and the gorgeous pup.
Wishes
Lynne

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
It looks and sounds like the perfect day!!!

Carolyn

LV said...

What a beautiful garden to sit, relax and enjoy the sights of nature.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Sounds like a totally delightful day and I am sure you are right, it seems to be a perfect way for an Edwardian Lady to spend her afternoon.

I adore your arbor, especially with all the lovely pillows.

Blessings Kelsie

shabby chic og lavendel said...

Beautiful! I really like your hydrangea bed in your garden. The pillows and all the flowers are lovely to.
Hug from Catharina

Olga said...

Beautiful summer post! I like to press flowers in books too.

Fishtail Cottage said...

What a fabulous garden bench ~ i think i would escape to it often & just take in the garden! gorgeous! xoox, tracie

Atelier de Charo said...

Love your gorgeous and sweet garden bench, you make it so special!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs
Charo

Pat said...

You took a lot of time to set this up. Beautifully photographed too - well done!

Anki said...

Beauyiful, the nature is fantastic, so are even your pictures.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

just lovely!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

ok, ok! Mild :-((( weather here too!
We can't enjoy the garden...sigh!
Lovely lovely pics.
Fra

Linda said...

Enjoying milder weather too...love it! I love the self seeders in my garden as well...they fill in every nook and cranny!

once in a blue moon said...

such a beautiful setting, wanted to leap right in~

ελία βεβία said...

hi,beautiful blog... really,where can i find this book with flowers ? :)