I love garden style inside or out. Vintage cast iron garden objects have a wonderful variety and patina that make an interesting statement wherever they are used. This metal frame was indeed once a garden cloche. It still has metal prongs lining the interior supports, and I have entertained the idea of replacing the glass. But I love just using it for display on the table.
But it is my purple campanulas from the grocery store that are the inspiration for my Thursday tablescape. They are what sent me on a search for the few lavender and violet hued china pieces I have stowed away in cupboards.
A few inherited English tea plates by Royal Grafton in the Golden Heritage pattern suggest the mix of colors of the potpourri of dishes I have gathered together here. I think I have actually stopped picking up orphaned cups and saucers and pretty single plates here and there, but I'm probably just lying to myself! *smile* A plain white vintage matelasse coverlet unifies it all underneath, and grey linen napkins from William Sonoma
keep it all toned down and less formal like a garden theme should be. My impulse was to use my ruffled white napkins, but I found it all a bit too much.
The flower sprays on the china plates even have purple flowers that mimic the purple bell flowers on my table!
My fading Valentine tulips emphasize the pinks I want to add in, and make the red transferware pieces less "red". I also love the lush look of different bunches of flowers displayed on the same table, but find it a little extravagant to do very often. The zinc flower bucket adds to my garden theme.
I don't have a name for the teacups with the strewn flowers, but they bring in all the color variations too!
The transferware pieces are the same Johnson Bros. pattern in both red and lavender. I'd love to have little satiny pink and white petite fours to serve with tea too, but alas! that will have to happen some other time!
A vintage glass cake stand with a lacy crochet doily elevates the tea plates. I find that I use my cake stands for dishes more often than I ever use them for cakes!
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