Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hello everyone,
      Hope you all are all enjoying some beautiful summer days. Summer has finally arrived here and I am loving it! We went for a drive yesterday and passed by a road side stand selling their fresh organic strawberries so we picked up a box to enjoy-they were sweet and juicy.
 As soon as we got home I made some biscuits and whipped some cream for one of my favorite summer treats-strawberry shortcake.

Help yourself-you won't be sorry.
I had to go out to the garden to really enjoy my afternoon tea break.

While you are here have a better look at Martha's(statues name) Garden. This is probably my favorite time in this garden as the Slender Deutiza are in full bloom and it is mainly a white garden. there is the sound of the water fountain on the wall and there are a couple of birds that have built their nest in here so we are sharing the garden.
As Bernideen said in her comment yesterday- it is hard to believe there was snow not that long ago. How quickly things change!

Anyone for seconds? I think I better get Andrew to hide them from me as I think they were 'berry good'!

My sister arrives from Vancouver this weekend and lets not forget the Royals are coming on Sunday also.I have been invited to a 'Royal Tea' at a friend of a friends Monday afternoon as well. it will be fun to go to someone else's tea party. Also,I am hosting a high tea birthday party on Wednesday-so that should be fun too.

I am joining in Tablescape Tuesday at Between Naps on the Porch and Show and Tell at My Romantic Home .

Happy Canada tomorrow to all my Canadian friends!

Thank you for visiting and for all your kind words too.


I am getting ready for some tours this weekend so I better get busy. Before I go though I

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Garden Tour

Hello everyone,
     We are enjoying some beautiful sunny days so the garden is coming ahead in leaps and bounds.I can walk around in the morning and again in the evening and it has already changed. I have more then a hundred peonies in the garden and they are rapidly opening up their beautiful fragrant blooms.
   So, today I have a few garden shots to share with you that were taken in the last couple of days.

This is the Nymph peony above and below.It is a single so it doesn't need to be staked.I love the color combo of the Magnificum geraniums and the Lady's Mantle with the peony.Every year I divide my Magnificum geraniums and spread them around the garden.Lady's Mantle often reseeds itself.
Close up of Nymph
The hosta also looks good in the color combo.
Lupins a spirea Thor I think and Wine and Roses weigela.also make a pretty combo.
An early rose.
Walker's Low Nepeta is often mistaken for lavender.
One of the Canadian lilacs-but I forget which one.I love them all!
The Slender Deutzia is blooming in Martha's Garden.
Siberian Iris.
The lilac blooming here is Miss Canada-she blooms prolifically every year.

This is shot from the front veranda looking to the driveway.
The pink Beautybush is starting to bloom.

Well, there is lots more to see but you will have to come back another day!

Thanks for visiting,


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Summer Day Tea Time

Hello everyone,
    We are having a perfectly beautiful sunny summer day today so I want to make the most of it but I wanted to share a cup of tea with you first.
   I choose this spot on the veranda because the Miss Kim lilac is blooming right by the screened porch and it has a beautiful fragrance for us to enjoy as we chat over tea.
I made some peanut butter cookies to go with our peppermint tea.

I love the daintiness of these teacups that I bought at a yardsale several years ago.

My midseason peonies are starting to bloom-soon there will be hundreds of peony blooms in the garden. The midseason lilacs are also blooming and the early roses so I wish you could enjoy the fragrance of three of my favorite flowers.
The teapot was a find at Coulson's and the perfect match for the teacups.
These lilacs were bred in Canada and they have a lovely but different fragrance from the French lilacs.I have several different ones that are in bloom now.There fragrance carries through out much of the garden.
Behind the Canadian lilac is the Korean standard Miss Kim. She is covered in blooms right now.
I hope all you tea drinkers are also garden lovers or else I have bored you to tears!

I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for TeaTime Tuesday today. I know you will enjoy visiting all the other tea time participants there today.

Thank you for visiting me and now I am off to enjoy doing some garden chores.

Take care,

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vintage Garden Chaise

 Hello everyone,
      I hope you had a lovely weekend. We have been busy with tours the past few days but on Saturday I did check out The Robin's Nest shop in New Haven as they had a half price sale on. One of the treasures I came home with was this lovely vintage chaise. I just knew I could find a spot for it in our garden.

I had this old quilt that I wrapped the cushion with and tossed on a pretty pillow.

I want you to enjoy the sweet fragrance of the honeysuckle growing over the arbor and around the garden in different places.It smells heavenly.

This antique came from Coulson's Antiques in Summerside a couple of years ago.
Always nice to have a cup of tea handy!

This is what it looked like before a dressing up.
I am here to tell you that it is very comfortable!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new vintage garden chaise. I will have to take you on a tour of the garden next time. The garden is doing well, in spite of a what turned out to be the poorest spring in many years.I am happy to say things are looking better for the coming week,however so I hope to take advantage of it. Maybe, I will loaf around in the chaise in the sunshine for awhile!

 I am joining Cielo at the house in the roses for show off your cottage Monday and also joining Susan for Metamorphsis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.I know you will enjoy checking them out if you haven't already.

Thank you for visiting,