The Pleasure of Tea in the Garden

Celebrate the timeless art of tea at this table that takes its inspiration from the garden. I invite you to enjoy the pleasure of tea in the garden.

Today let’s create an atmosphere of gracious hospitality and enjoy the pleasure of tea in the garden.

The Pleasure of Tea in the Garden

Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!

It’s summer, and my friends Mary, Pam and Shirley and I are welcoming this sun-filled season with open arms.

Monday Morning BLooms

I am so happy you are joining me today.  I’ve set a little tea table, tucked into a quiet spot in the garden. A small table inspired by the floral beauty of the garden in summer.

This joy-filled setting makes it easy for us to enjoy an afternoon befitting the matchless beauty of mother nature and her floral creations.

tea party in the summer garden

My tea table is nestled into this spot next to a canopy of Rose of Sharon blooms.

The Rose of Sharon is type of hibiscus, which you can tell by the flower shape.  Ours is almost a tree by now, it’s one of the few things that stayed during our complete back garden re-model.  It’s especially beloved for its later blooming season, it just begins flowering in July here, and will shower the garden with floral lovelies well into September.

the pleasure of tea in the garden

Our pink hydrangeas are so spectacular this year!

the pleasure of tea in the garden

Their fluffy crowns provide a touch of floral splendor to my arrangement of soft white lisianthus and alstroemeria.

the pleasures of tea in the garden

A vintage length of gorgeous floral rayon fabric layered over a piece of silk velvet in deep purple, favorite antique plates, and embroidered antique linens set the stage for a charming tea time.

the pleasure of tea in the garden

The sun filtering through the Rose of Sharon creates a dappled effect on the table setting. This is what being outside in the garden is all about!

the pleasure of tea in the garden

These Charlotte plates by Clarice Cliff from long ago remain a favorite. The floral basket and scalloped rims are so beautiful, but it’s the color I really adore.

I added an antique teapot, which has a completely different floral design and colors. You know me, sometimes often more is more. And if you are already surrounded by a wealth of flowers in all colors, what’s a few more?  The  antique pressed glass footed bowl serves lemon shortbread cookies, with antique silver tongs {really for sugar cubes but they like being multi-purpose} at the ready to serve.  Little fruit tarts, a pot of Earl Grey tea, and you are ready to enjoy tea.

The pleasure of tea in the garden

Delight in the song of birds, drink in the flower beauty all around, and treasure the company of someone you love.  You can enjoy a luxury tea experience with an extravagant bouquet of fresh blooms, and a few tea necessities.

This would be a lovely way to treat yourself, too.  I know some of you are isolating and staying at home alone.  It doesn’t take that much effort to set the stage for a gracious afternoon spent sitting in the garden by yourself.  You can take advantage of nature’s splendor, read a favorite magazine or book, and savor the garden.

The pleasure of tea in the garden

purple and lavender tea table

Thank you so much for sharing a spot of tea with me today. Be sure to visit my friends for more beautiful floral inspiration.  I added their links for you to follow below!

blue lavender hydrangeas in potting shed

VISIT Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs >

VISIT Pam at Everyday Living >

VISIT Shirley at Housepitality Designs >

And me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse >



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29 thoughts on “The Pleasure of Tea in the Garden”

    1. So happy you could join us today, Denise. I hope your Monday was glorious!

  1. Lidy, What a treat it would be to join you in the garden for tea. . . your sunkissed table, gorgeous hydrangeas, Rose of Sharon and beautiful tablecloth with your vintage floral fabric is all magazine-worthy! Charlotte Clarice Cliff is a favorite pattern of mine and I love the purple coloration. Thank you for creating another the beautiful graphic, I’m honored you think my photo is worthy. 🙂 As always it’s a treat to join you in the garden and for some flower therapy. Happy Monday! <3

  2. I can’t think of a more beautiful spot for tea! Your garden is incredible. Wishing you a wonderful start to your week, Lidy!

  3. Tea in your garden is better than tea at a 5 Star resort…so very, very lovely, or loverly. I am imagining gracious ladies and gentlemen with their hats and gloves sitting at your beautifully adorned table enjoying their treats and the beauty of your gardens. How wonderful to be able to pick the flowers from your garden and create such beautiful vases of sheer delight. Oh and those Charlotte transferware plates…one of my favorites! I so enjoy vicariously sitting in your garden having tea with you!!…Spending MMB Mondays with my flower loving friends is a sheer delight for me! Have a great day Lidy!

  4. What a pleasure to view your delightful garden and your beautiful tea table this morning. So many gorgeous details. I am enchanted.
    I am particularly fond of the Charlotte pattern by Clarence Cliff. Your vintage fabric is very beautiful.
    Pinning away.

  5. Ann King

    Beautiful table as always. I envy your collections of China.

  6. Lidy, this setting is truly magazine worthy! I would love to share tea and shortbread in your lovely garden. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous and the Rose of Sharon is the icing on the cake! We have several behind our picnic area, and they never disappoint with their blooms. I adore the Charlotte plates, their color is stunning! It is always a delight to share Monday Morning Blooms with you my friend. Have a beauty-filled day!

    Pam xoxo

  7. Wow, Lidy, this garden scene transports me! It is absolutely stunning with the lavender Charlotte plates, the linens, the chartreuse leopard pillow, and the pale yellow of the shortbread cookies. This really hits all the high notes for my senses, and the floral arrangement together with the Rose of Sharon is just perfect. Wow! I had to look twice to see the rich purple beneath the floral cloth. I don’t have enough superlatives for this. Thank you for sharing your beauty!

    1. Thank you for joining us today Rita, and you are so sweet. It’s a fun, colorful garden table, isn’t it? There are times that I think I should go “clean lined” but then I remember who I really am!

    1. Thank you so much Sandra, for joining us today. I hope you have a wonderful week too!xo

  8. Lidy ~ Love it – love it – love it! Every aspect is captivating and inspiring. The
    pink hydrangea seems to set the stage for all the plum highlights. An oh,
    the lemon shortbread treats that look like buttons (unique) Are they available
    commercially, if one chooses not to bake in this sultry weather? If so, where
    please? The centerpiece just sings “Garden in Bloom” All so elegant and

    1. Mary, thank you so much for joining me today! Those lemon shortbread cookies are so good…they are from the regular market, they are called Signature Select. They look like buttons but are lemon slices. Hope your Monday was perfectly wonderful!

  9. Elaine

    so beautiful, I have been using my teapots now. I have tea everyday for my IBS.
    I collect teapots and it has been a great pleasure to use them.

    1. Elaine, I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying tea from your beautiful tea pots every day! A collection of tea pots makes me happy too.

  10. What a gorgeous spot and tea table Lidy, it could not be any more inviting or prettier! The canape of roses is just breathtaking and your beautiful table cloth blends so well. The pink and white flowers are beautiful, I could linger here all afternoon!

    1. Hi Jenna, thank you so much for your visit, friend. I wish you really could be here at my little table, we’d have such a great time.

  11. Rebecca Turner

    I feel inspired to set a beautiful table on my patio, amongst my flowers, after seeing your inviting scene! So lovely! Thank you, for sharing!

    1. Oh, that makes me happy Becky! I hope you will sit there and enjoy your garden and hear the birds sing.

  12. Denise Carlson

    S T U N N I N G ! ! ! I love the beauty and splendor of your garden tea. I am not familiar with the rose of Sharon, very pretty. I am totally in love with the lavender transfer ware, you don’t come across it my area. Such a lovely post, thank you Lidy.

  13. Lidy Baars

    Denise, thank you so much, I love the purples on this table. The purple transfer ware is much more rare to find, we had some for sale but it sold immediately.

    1. Well, thank you dear Sunday! Coming from you that means quite a lot! xo

  14. Alice Genzlinger

    In between my first marriage and my second marriage I was single for twenty years and learned how to “play” in my home and garden. Breakfast in bed was one way of treating myself on Sunday mornings, or taking breakfast on the patio in the warmer months and just listening to the birds or enjoying my hard work in the garden. Your tea table is exquisite , mine was much simpler but always there were flowers.

  15. Sharon Crigger-Stokan

    Oh so much loveliness for our eyes to take in! It is just beautiful, Lidy! You and your friends always provide such beautiful Monday Morning blooms, and it is such a wonderful way to start our week! Thank you!

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