Friday, May 13, 2016

My Secret Garden

When warmer days arrive, nothing makes me happier than to retreat to my my own private world. On sunny Saturday mornings, when I know that I can sleep in a bit and relax for the day, my garden takes center stage.   It is almost as if nature was speaking to me. Inviting me to take part in the glory of flowers, trees and sky. 


The sun rises and I step into my garden for a solitary moment.  And although we have neighbors' near by, I've created a couple of areas in our garden that offer solitude.  Almost like my own secret garden. No need to hurry.  This is exactly where I want to be.  My home and my garden are where my soul live. There is a sense of belonging and protection here.



And what better place to set-up a charming table to allow one oneself to enjoy the pleasures that afternoon tea have to offer. 



My inspiration for this table came from a lovely magenta lace scarf I purchased a few weeks ago.  It matched perfectly with linen napkins I found at Terrain last year.  I used a white tablecloth as my base and layered the scarf on top of to add color and texture to my table.  I used my blue and white Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage china which I found ideal for my color theme.  And how lucky to have found tulips in the same shade.






It is such a blessing to be able to enjoy such simple pleasures.  My life is feels full and my little heart is content and I wish you all the same blessing sweet friends.




Thank you for being here.  Wishing you a great weekend ahead.

Hugs,

Janet


48 comments:

  1. Dear Janet:
    What an amazing posting. Please come and share it at my "Tea In The Garden" blog party today. I would love seeing it there! Your table looks so lovely. I feel just as you do Janet - I am so happy in my garden.....I could just live there!

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  2. what a lovely afternoon! I enjoy this time of year when dining in the garden is nice and not too hot or too cold!

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  3. Janet, your outdoor tea time space in your garden is absolutely lovely. I am so happy you have a special quiet place to appreciate all the beauty - sights, fragrances and sounds all around you in your special place.

    I wish you all the best this weekend. Happy sippin! : - )

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  4. Oh how beautiful! I would love to have tea and cake in this lovely little garden spot!

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  5. Wow, this is absolutely stunning. What a great place to sit and relax, and your table is devine.

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  6. Beautiful sweet Janet! Wonderful thoughts, and divine flowers and china. Is there anything better?

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  7. A full and content heart is a must in this busy world we live in.
    You've created a beautiful haven for yourself. I wish I could be your guest on occasion in your lovely secret garden.
    Wishing you a peaceful weekend full of all the things and people you love,
    Danette

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  8. What a beautiful, secret spot to sit and enjoy your garden, Janet. Your new magenta scarf adds such a pretty overlay, and elegance to the tablecloth. Wish I could sit and enjoy a slice of the dessert with you, which is too pretty to cut! Happy weekend!

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  9. such a lovely table! I have made a secret garden for myself as well. It's my heaven on earth.

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  10. What a gorgeous and joyful tea in the garden, my lovely Janet, I'd love to sit by your side, believe me ... here it's not yet so warm to enjoy our garden, by as soon as the sun become warm we also are living our spare time there, our heart belongs to our garden, isn't it ?!?

    May your weekend be filled with joy, sweetest one,
    sending my dearest love to you,
    with so much thankfulness

    xox ~ Dany

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  11. I was outside planting at 9am....the unexpected NJ sunshine was a gift! Your table is so very pretty. Now...where did you get that cake????

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  12. Oh my, your table is stunning with all the beautiful colors. The cake looks amazing along with your pretty dishes. Such a wonderful place to sit and take in all that nature has to offer, enjoy your Secret Garden.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  13. A beautiful garden and tea time retreat.

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  14. So pretty! I would enjoy having my tea there with you.

    Take care,
    Carolyn

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  15. Such peace, beauty and enjoyment"

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  16. I'm loving your secret garden and beautiful outdoor tea setting. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, Janet!

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  17. So beautiful Janet! To have tea with a friend with such a lovely table like this is to have a few moments of heaven on earth. It would be an opportunity to forget the madness of the world. Everything put together with love and care. (I got a job so now I may not have extra time to visit all the blogs that I love like yours as often as I like.) Wish you a marvelous week dear Janet!

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    1. Hello sweet friend.

      Sorry for my delayed response but I too have a full time job and life is just extremely busy for me these days. I don't even know how I find the time to blog some days.

      Thank you so much for such beautiful and inspiring words. It is your continued support and blogging friendship that keep me going.

      Good luck on your new job Angela. I am so happy for you. That is great news and don't worry about visiting.

      Hugs,

      Janet

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  18. I want also to add that I have nominated your blog to Liebster Award. Check my latest post.

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  19. Janet, I just came over from your link at Bernideen's (where I added mine). I love your beautiful setting and table setting. Blue and white china is my favorite, and I was just admiring a set of Devon Cottage yesterday!

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  20. Loved your narrative, your photos and your tablescape. I so agree that it is a blessing to enjoy such simple pleasures!

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  21. Janet this is beautiful! I am so loving that gorgeous cake too! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  22. Hi Janet,
    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love your private retreat and wish I could join you there. I feel the same about having solitude - it is what I love especially with a hot cup of tea in a pretty teacup and colourful flowers nearby. Thank you for sharing such beauty Dear Janet! Blessings, Karen

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  23. Your Secret Garden is so lovely! It looks like the perfect place to sit and reflect.

    Thank you for sharing! I crawled right into the picture. :-)

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  24. A garden is like an oasis, isn't it? You surround yourself with pretty things and the flowers all lend themselves to make it a perfect get away from the rest of the world. One doesn't often see magenta and how lovely your tulips match the napkins and scarf. When I was a little girl, my favourite colour was magenta. Your setting is very lovely and thank you for sharing it with us, Janet. Have a wonderful new week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. Beautiful, Janet. That's sort of how I feel about my garden too. I am so glad that the newer things are filling in and that the older specimens are starting to look nice from pruning. xoox Su

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  26. Your garden looks like a wonderful escape to unwind. Beautiful greenery background for your pretty table and tea setting. The scarf on the white tablecloth is striking along with the tulips. Love the blue china, one of my favorite patterns. That cake looks delicious!
    Enjoy your week………..

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  27. The tulips are amazing I love the color, in the old Victoria magazine I was reading today they had a color sceme same colors very nice and the Blues and white goes nicely. I feel the same about mt garden Janet. A secret place of my own. Very lovely table setting gorgeous napkins. Have a lovely new week with love Janice

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    1. Hello Janice,

      So glad you stopped by. Your comments are always sweet and heartfelt.

      Thank you for visiting.

      Hugs,

      Janet

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  28. So glad you shared this at BTTCG Blog Party! So lovely Janet!

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    1. Hello Bernideen,

      It is always my pleasure to visit your lovely blog.

      Wishing you a beautiful week.

      Janet

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  29. Wow...everything looks so pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. Thank you Jessica.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Janet

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  30. What a sweet place for tea for two! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

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    1. Hello Lori,

      Thank you for visiting me and leaving me your sweet comment.

      Janet

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  31. Your tablescape is so beautiful Janet and I love the pretty flowers.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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    1. Hello Julie,

      Thank you for visiting. I do appreciate your support and kind words.

      Have A great week.

      Janet

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  32. Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful garden Janet. Your table setting looks divine and I'd love to take a seat at the table with you for afternoon tea and time to admire your lovely garden.
    Thank you for sharing this gorgeousness at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I look forward to featuring you at tomorrow's party. Hope you have a relaxing weekend out in your secret garden. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Hello Kerryanne,

      I am humbled and honored by your kind words. I am thankful for your continued support.

      It would be my pleasure to have you join me for tea in my garden.

      Hugs,

      Janet
      rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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  33. Just beautiful! The sentiments and the lovely tea! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

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    1. Hello Jes,

      Thank you. I do appreciate your kind words.

      It is always a pleasure to join your party each week.

      Janet
      rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Anne. It is my pleasure.

      Janet
      rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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  35. What a beautiful table setting and I love the dishes.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  36. I totally understand Janet. My heart and soul are in my home and garden as well. There's no place I would rather be! I love to travel, but I can't be gone long before I miss my home and garden. You have set up a beautiful retreat. Love the colors! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  37. Janet, this looks soooo pretty! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Her is the link to this week's bash. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/05/make-pretty-monday-week-178.html Hope you have a lovely week!! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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