is an old fashioned plant
that reminds me of
The Scoop On ...
Enjoy the Spirea Garden Party,
à la French style,
en plein air.
I am excited to be part of
Top This Top That
Setting for Four
Hymns and Verses
for the first day of the 3-day tour.
What better way to spend a warm Spring day
than having a glass of fresh mint tea
with a walnut and apple garden salad
next to the spirea plant in full bloom?
Folding wooden chairs with worn blue paint
are perfect for outdoor dining.
Gracie is hanging out under the table
hoping for a little treat.
After the long harsh winter, the spirea bush
is filled with the most blooms ever on long
graceful fronds that sway in the wind.
Pots of ivy and lobelia on the table add
to the garden party.
Tall clay pots without the usual wide rim at the top
are popping up in garden centers and stores.
Made in Italy in unfired red clay...
A little Navy #4 Valspar sample paint quickly
transformed the little pot into a blue one.
Stainless flatware with a fleur de lis design adds a French touch.
Standing in a small blue flower pot, the flatware is easy to reach.
Fresh iced mint tea quickly forms
condensation on the blue fleur de lis glass.
A warm 86° tied the high temperature for the date.
These warm days with fresh green grass, leafy trees, and flowers
are among the best weather days during the year.
A strong breeze keeps the weather pleasant,
but means that some weights are needed
to keep the linens from blowing away and
small things from blowing over.
A vintage brass watering ring anchors the silverware-laden blue pot.
A brass sprinkler head in the shape of a watering can
is hefty enough to hold linens in place.
Blue and white garden dishes with a new toile design are
extra special with their contrasting borders
and extra design details.
Each piece has fluted edges.
Square (really eight-sided) dinner plates,
salad plates, and bread plates
with a floral pattern accented by
a bird with outstretched wings
are reminiscent of antique French designs.
Only we know that these did not come from a
French flea market.
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Round soup/cereal bowls have a surprise in the bottom...
the little bird ready for flight!
Bleu et blanc vaisselle...
A passion all my life...
To find unusual shapes,
with so many details,
and in so many pieces,
is a thrill!
The small square condiment bowls
are one of those unusual pieces
that make a pattern extra special.
Walnut and apple garden salad is my favorite salad
anytime of the year and especially for a garden party.
Feta cheese and raspberry walnut vinaigrette
add just the right zing!
Walnut and Apple Garden Salad Recipe
Spring Mix packaged greens
Raspberry walnut vinaigrette
(Paul Newman's is my favorite.)
Iced mint tea pairs perfectly with the garden salad.
An overturned flower pot keeps the tea in easy reach.
French linen kitchen towels serve as table runners
for the final touch of France in the
Spirea Garden Party.
Come back anytime to sit for awhile
in a blue wooden chair
and to drink a glass of iced mint tea.
Porcelain ~ Adelaide Blue & White @ HomeGoods
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