I still can’t stop thinking about my trip last week to my friend, Jeannette’s flower farm at Jeannette’s Bloomers! I posted all about it this past Pink Saturday HERE, and noted that, in addition to giving me the generous benefit of her floral and gardening knowledge, plus a few quality perennial seedlings and young sprouts to help me make something out of my front garden mess that I posted about on Blue Monday HERE, she also gifted me THREE handsome teacups!
I found them standing like good little soldiers relegated to a future as a floral arrangement container.
I couldn’t help but point out that teacups with quality backstamps should be set apart for teatime tables laden with proper treats and lace cloths beneath.
A lovely pink rose pattern from Royal Vale . . .
A truly vintage yellow and white rose pattern from Rosina . . .
I think our dear Prunella liked this one the best because it matches her dress today!
But, my personal favorite is this sweet green ivy pattern by Queen Anne! I just love the traditional shape of these Queen Anne cups, don’t you?
Jeannette gifted these three quality cups to me and I determined to trade her three from my own collection that might be better for floral arrangements – possessing not a backstamp of distinction. I knew I had at least two to the purpose – but would need a third. So, I stopped at one of my favorite thrift shops for vintage china and was not disappointed – finding just the thing to make a trio for trade!
BUT – that wasn’t all I found! A vintage teapot in a unique elongated shape, boasting a bouquet of yellow roses captured my attention.
It made me think of one of the teacups I’d just gotten from Jeannette with the same color scheme and roses. What a nice compliment for a tea-scape!
The backstamp on the pot sealed the deal for me – under $10!
The Arthur Wood name dates the pot to pre-1940’s when the name was changed to Arthur Wood and Sons. Noting the “Donegal” marking on the pot (upon which I found no information), I thought of Ireland and put it with my Irish Belleek creamer and sugar and loved how the creamy hues worked well together. They are displayed with the yellow and white rose cup and the ivy cup which also features tiny yellow buds in the pattern.
My Rosina pink rose joins more pinks on display in my tea cabinet for the time being.
However, I expect I shall take her off the shelf with a nice teapot match later this summer when my own front garden long stemmed pink roses might be ready to harvest for just the right touch in table decor. Stay tuned for a future teatime on that score!
Oh! Speaking of my front garden! Here’s the before and after shots in just one week. Taking the fruit of my tutorial visit with Jeannette, her knowledgeable advice, and a few of her own pieces for transplanting – coupled with three flats of geraniums gifted to us by my daughter’s young man, AND a cartful of half price foliage from Walmart – only $20 for all – the results are hopeful . . .
There is still a great deal of weed tending to do, but I can’t help but hope that sipping tea on my modest front porch overlooking a colorful English cottage wildflower garden alive with birds and butterflies amid a warm summer breeze gently wafting by tinkling windchimes . . .
May just be in my future after all . . .
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