Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tea garden dreaming

Roots & Rhizomes, Seed Savers Exchange, Select Seeds, Johnny's Selected Seeds, Michigan Bulb Co., John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds, Edmunds' Roses, Park Seed, Burpee, Seeds of Change, Jung Seeds & Plants, Gurney's, Totally Tomatoes, Harris Seeds and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. These are some of the garden catalogs that have landed in my mailbox over the past few weeks, and I couldn't be more thrilled! There is something just so very *right* about the fact that in the midst of the dullness and grayness of winter, such bright, happy colors arrive in the mail to remind us spring is on the way. And I am already dreaming of this year's tea garden!

It got off to a terrific start the other day when my mom gave me another yard sale find of hers. It's missing a piece, she said, but she thought I might do something with this anyway. Now normally I have to let ideas steep a while, but this one came to me instantly: I am going to somehow glue these pieces to metal stakes and have them popping up through some flowers! Aren't the colors absolutely perfect for that!

It set my "garden mind" to dreaming, and I found myself looking at this tea-for-one set I've been using at work for the past few years. The friend who gave it to me is an outdoorsy type herself, and I have a feeling she would approve of finding her gift "growing" in my garden this year. So Spring, c'mon! I'm ready!


  1. There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.
    One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues.
    ~Hal Borland

    I got my Burpee Catalog yesterday in the mail and was salivating at the thought of getting butterfly going again. I don't have winter down here but I've ignored it all season thanks to football,lol. Now, time to get planting!

    Love those colorful teapots! Perfect idea for their use too!

  2. It's a good day to think about gardening. It is snowing here again!

  3. Yes, Spring is on it's way. The colorful mugs would so pretty in your garden. Can't wait to see what you do in your garden this year.

  4. I love these spotted mugs! So cute! =)

  5. What a neat idea to use dishes in your garden. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  6. Wow, that is quite an assortment of garden catalogs.

    Love that polka dot set your Mom found. It will be fun to see it in your garden.

  7. Love your post, Angela! I'm ready for spring too. What a pretty teapot, it just says spring.
    Thanks for sharing, Joanie


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