Thursday, April 8, 2010

Garden Tea For Two










I am linking with 6 gracious ladies:
Michael (aka Gollum) of http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com/ for Foodie Friday.

Claudia of http://www.dipityroad.com/ for Finding Beauty.

Glenda of http://www.tootsietime.com/ for Fertilizer Friday.

Marty of http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/ for Tabletop Tuesday.

Lady Katherine of http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ for Teatime Tuesday.

WandaLee of http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ for Tuesday Tea for 2.

I have this Trumpet Vine that I planted last year near the brick wall just outside the laundry room. It's really blooming like crazy now. I planted star jasmines around the gazebo last year but they froze in the winter. It's strange because the other kind of jasmines that I planted on both sides of the arbor are fine. So, I have been searching for more trumpet vines to replace them because they thrived through the winter time and stayed green. Such a pleasure to see the pretty flowers that I enjoy folding the laundry there now. And now let's have tea and Cassava Bibingka (a Filipino dessert baked with coconut and condensed milk on top) by the veggie garden! I divided the batter in 2 containers and John and I finished the smaller one. I told him not to touch this particular one until after I have taken a picture.

Then I saw that a whole chunk of it was gone before I could even bring it out for the shot. LOL! He said he thought I already took a picture.


I love this shot showing the blooming azaleas and camelias in my secret garden down below. I am still doing a lot of planting there but I am getting close to showing it to you. The baking dish and the dessert plates are Polish pottery.
I am again using a Polish Pottery tea set. I already have 5 different Polish pottery tea sets but I love all the designs and I keep buying everytime I see one that I do not have yet.


I love how the sun is shining on the table.

I just created this little garden with an iron trellis to cover the air conditioning unit. I hang a wrought iron "GARDEN" sign on it. I bought it from Big Lots for $6. I am looking for a big painted outdoor sign (around 14 x 36 or more) saying "My Secret Garden" or "Christine's Secret Garden" on tin, to hang on the retaining wall where the garden is. Please let me know if you have any idea where I can find one.
I love these teapot napkin rings I bought from Pier One a long time ago.





See that big bush at the bottom right? I trimmed it yesterday so it looks neater now and you can actually see the iron garden bench I have behind it.





I planted a honeysuckle by the trellis. I am hoping it will conceal the air con. unit when it grows. The trellis by the brick wall has a grape vine growing on it. I am so glad to see it come back after the winter freeze.

The vines on the Fleur de lis trellises are Carolina jessamine (small) and blackberry vine (taller)


For a centerpiece, I have a Polish pottery pot with an orchid, 2 orange lantern tea light holders and a bird taper candle holder I just bought from Big Lots. I brought back the weaved runner from Roatan Island in Honduras from our last cruise. I am taking you there for this week's Sightseeing Saturday.

It is such a pleasure having you over. Thanks for joining me!

I hope you enjoy the garden as much as I do cause it makes all my hard work worth it.

Thanks to our 6 gracious hostesses for all these great events!
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