Sep 2, 2011

A Tisket a Tasket, Tea Tucked in a Basket...

Is it really September?
Where is the time going?

(click photos to enlarge)

I have decided to soak in
all that the late summer days have to offer...


the shorter days,
cast a delicious shade across the garden
 in the afternoon...

I decided to tuck in by the Pee-Gee Hydrangea
for some quiet time...


Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
 William Wordsworth
 September


tea in a basket,
and a new book I have yet to indulge in...
are my afternoon companions..
(and six feisty dogs :-)


a rosy china cup...


the garden fresh Strawberries are bountiful & delicious...


the book that has been calling for my attention...
Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden

Gertrude was the original Architect of the Cottage Garden,
and as I lounge with my tea
 looking over my garden,
thinking of what is working,
and what is not...

Gertrude will offer a wealth of inspiration...


you may not be able to read a book by it's cover,
but this one sold me by it's!


one single rose...
the Gertrude Jekyll Rose....

I receive lots of e-mails asking,
what rose do I recommend...

I am only a tinkerer in my own garden..
but if you are looking,
look into the Gertrude Jekyll...

for me,
she is the first to bloom & the last...
she is a steady and abundant bloomer,
and her sweet perfume will curl your toes!


Happy Weekend Everyone!!
Soak in these last summer days :-)

Today I am joining,

Bernideen for
and Tuesday Tea at the following blogs

and
 
Thanks for joining me today....

40 comments:

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Looks perfect! I need to find some more pretty china cups like yours. It is the perfect time of year for tea or a picnic. xx

Kelly_Deal said...

Pretty images! Summer went bu wayyyyyyyyy to fast!
Kelly

Heaven's Walk said...

What a perfect way to spend a late summer afternoon, Bella. :) You and Gertrude admist the roses. I used to have a GJ rose bush at my lake house. I must plan on buying another one for our farmhouse. I remember how fragrant it always was. ♥

xoxo laurie

maría cecilia said...

Hola dear Bella, how lovely and inspiring to scroll through your posts, everything is so delightfully beautiful at your world!!!!
hugs dear

Lavender Cottage said...

Mmm, tea with strawberries and roses. Looks like an good book you've chosen too.
I shut Topaz in the house when I set up tea outside - he's fast at stealing the goodies.
Hugs,
Judith

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, Bella! Strawberries and roses. A good book and the scent of Summer still lingering...it doesn't get much better than that! xo Diana

Tete said...

Love this post and your photos are wonderful, as usual. Hope you have many hours left to sit out there and read, while sipping your tea and munching on strawberries...
Happy PS!

Deb said...

That's my favorite kind of tea-cup; china, tall, narrow and with a larger handle. Perfect. What a pretty post. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Lovely photos Bella as always! Enjoy your weekend and your book!

Debbie

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I love this post! It had such a great feeling of relaxation..and how do you say......bliss! Your tea cup is gorgeous..and that basket is oh so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

Stop by and peek at my pinks!

ciao Bella!

CREATIVE CARMELINA

pinkkandy said...

Happy...Happy Pink Saturday..I pray that God will bless you all through out the coming week...
your pinks are so pretty...
God Bless You...
Kandy

Olga said...

I agree, this year is going by way too quick. The tea in a basket is so lovely. The Gertrude Jekyll Rose is gorgeous! I love its delicate petals.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Such a beautiful and tranquil post to celebrate the coming of Fall and the neding of summer.....
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Shabbily By The Sea said...

Strawberries,roses and china in a basket just beautiful Bella,i love that you are enjoying your last days of summer with your two Gertrude's in the garden,
Love to you x

Johanna said...

Hello Bella,
thank you for your lovely comment. Your have set a beautiful tea time from your basket. Your are absolutely right, we should souk in all the options of the last summer days. But the fall has also nice days. I often heard from Gertrude Jekyll but never saw a book about her garden. Lovely roses and strawberries, those are long gone here. Thank you so much for this delightful teatime.
Best greetings, Johanna

Cat & Cricket said...

Bella~ again..peaceful..serene blog post!
Have a wonderful weekend!
smiles~
Cat

Sharon said...

What stunningly beautiful and inspirational pictures!!!!! Have a great Pink Saturday!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bella, what a pretty tea-in-a-basket out in your garden! Love the poetry and sentiments. You do have a way with words, m'lady! Thanks for your visit. Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Pink Saturday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Karen Xavier said...

I love your pretty blog... all the pictures are enticing and full of beauty. So glad I stumbled upon it...

Mrs.Rabe said...

What a perfect afternoon and I will check out the book as well as the rose!

Thanks, Bella!

Deanna

Olivia said...

Bella,
Can you believe summer is almost over? Well, maybe it will cool off a bit! Love your pretty flowers and rosey cup! So delightful! Have a lovely and blessed weekend!
Hugs,
Olivia

Elna said...

Beautiful pictures and I love the cups. Where to find these in Sweden hmmmm

Regards
Elna

rosarod said...

Hi Bella, there is nothing more relaxing than reading a good book and enjoy a sunny day surrounded by our treasures. Beautiful photos! Greetings. Rose marie

Denise said...

Hi Bella,

This is a wonderful post; I love your pictures and your subject matter. We also have a Gertrude Jekyll rose in our yard. The fragrance is just one of the best, in my opinion. I'm sure you will enjoy your gardening book as you relax in front of your pretty hydrangeas. Happy Pink Saturday!

Denise at Forest Manor

Sarah said...

Bella, this is so charming. Thanks for sharing this delightful post.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Looks so relaxing...the rose is beautiful and the strawberries, oh my.
I'm following you back !
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i beati said...

cherish Sept and hold it close sandy

Madelief said...

Dear Bella,

This all looks lovely; your garden, the rose cup, the book....Wish I could have joined you out there!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

het tuinengeltje said...

Hello there,

wunderfull blog with roses and all.

Bey, Sylvia

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautful summer images Bella. Thanks for visiting me, leaving such a flattering compliment, and for following me. I love your blog. I'm following you as well. Looking forward to exchanging visits.

Elna said...

Hi!

I've put you on my bloglist. Can you do the same for me?

A big hug from Sweden

The Sage Butterfly said...

You have inspired me...I think on the next sunny day I will sit outside and relax with a book and some tea...a-ahhh.

Terri said...

Happy Weekend to you too! It looks like you had a lovely quiet time in the garden. GJ is amazing isn't she? Her rose is gorgeous! Your tea in a basket is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
Hugs,
Terri

Lynn said...

Oh how lovely. Do hope your weekend was blessed.
Lynn

parTea lady said...

Your tea in the garden is lovely. The tall teacup is very pretty. What a gorgeous rose - thanks for the tip.

Snap said...

What a beautiful tea in the basket! Perfect for sitting in the garden with a good book. Lots of inspiration! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

This is my second visit to your pretty post. Thank you for sharing your lovely tea with Tea Time, Bella. Have a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Zaa said...

Lovely post and delightful poems and photos... I never tire of teatime pleasures and roses. Thank You for sharing...Hugs

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Bella,

What a delightful array late Summer vignette and tea in a basket out in the garden! And yes, Summer does seem each year to fade much more quickly than we would prefer!

Your roses and strawberries add such charm to your teatime repast and I especially love that photo with the pretty tea mug, pink rose and strawberry!

Many thanks for joining me in the celebration of my 100th Tuesday Tea For Two and also our 71st Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Bella...you have such a lovely tea basket to share..I adore that cup and everything as usual. Coming here to your blog with your well put prose always calms me. You have a gift my dear. Hugs and have a great week. ~ trish