Thursday, April 8, 2010

Garden Tea For Two

I am linking with 6 gracious ladies:
Michael (aka Gollum) of for Foodie Friday.

Claudia of for Finding Beauty.

Glenda of for Fertilizer Friday.

Marty of for Tabletop Tuesday.

Lady Katherine of for Teatime Tuesday.

WandaLee of 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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