Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tea and Violets

Violets and tea, my theme for tea time today. Violets are one of the first flowers to emerge come spring time. Although there are no violets in my yard yet this year, I have some images to share from past springs.

Violets aren't just the traditional violet/blue in color. Note this pretty bi-colored variety.

Have you ever seen a yellow violet? I have them in my yard and garden.
I have a confession to make: I transplanted these, as well as the purple and white ones, into my garden.

We see large numbers of white violets in our yard and the pasture behind us. I apologize for the focus, or lack thereof, in this photo.

Everyone is familiar with the common violet. Violets are pretty, although I've learned they can be quite aggressive in the yard and garden. I found that I really shouldn't have transplanted any into my space.

Violets are pretty on my teacups.

 I found this beautiful teacup at a local thrift store last fall. I was just waiting for the right moment to show it to you.

 The delicate colors are just beautiful. The backstamp is worn and unreadable.

 More violets! Notice the shape of the saucer too; quite unique.

 This is also a thrift find. The cup is extremely delicate. Notice it is translucent - you can see the design on the back of the cup, as you look inside the cup. The backstamp is "E526," and there is a gold sticker that says "EW Japan."

I've set up a tea at the kitchen table today. I'm using a thrifted "silver" tea service.

 I baked a coconut cake. Would you like a slice along with a cup of Numi organic chocolate puerh tea?

White on white - lovely to the eye.

I want to thank each and every one of you for coming by to share tea with me today. Thanks, too, to my followers both old and new; I appreciate each and every one of you!

Please leave me a comment so I'll know that you visited and I can visit you as well.

Linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea, A Return to Loveliness, Tea Time Tuesday, and Friends Sharing Tea


Barbara F. said...

That cake looks sooo good, wow! What a perfect dessert with a cup of tea. Have a great week. xo

My Little Home and Garden said...

Hello, Beth
I like how violets look rather delicate and yet are so hardy. Your teacups are so lovely with the pretty patterns on them. As for the cake, isn't that a gorgeous thing!

kitty said...

Beth, your violet pics are so pretty, but those teacups are making my heart go pitter-patter. Both of them are beyond beautiful!! And yes, I wish I coul have a slice of that wonderful looking cake, with a cup of tea.

NanaNor's said...

Whether on teacups or in the garden, Violets are so lovely. I love the tiny Johnny Jump Ups. As for taking over the yard, I used to love Cosmos but then they took over-so I think I'd prefer violets.
Have a wonderful day.

Gabriela said...

How beautiful to see the flowers blooming!!!!Mmmmmmmmmmmm I would love a piece of cake!

Sunray Gardens said...

I love the Violets. They are so pretty to see and your teacups are beautiful.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I have been craving a coconut cake and yours looks beautiful Beth! Violets are pretty but as you mention, quite invasive. Have a great week:@)

Larry said...

Hey Beth... you know I'm not really a delicate cup tea drinker... when I do have tea, I generally partake from a massive mug that holds at least 2 1/2 cups! If you ever watch "Keeping Up Appearances", the British sitcom... I'll be the one who's only entrusted with the "Beaker" while everyone else is using the "Royal Dalton"!! Oh well... have a good week! Larry

Tete said...

I am so ready for the violets to bloom here. I collect violet cups, too. Love them.

Gayle said...

I saw your blog over at the sidebar and had to stop by. We are close in taste, I named my blog Behind the Gate and I will do a post on pansies maybe on Wednesday!
I love your blog by the way and of course the violets. I will come again soon, have a blessed week.

relevanttealeaf said...

The violets in your garden and on your teacups are beautiful, and your coconut cake looks delicious. Thank you for a lovely tea, Beth!

KathyB. said...

I have grown to appreciate the aggressive violets growing here because they bloom in the hottest days of summer and the coldest days of spring.They also feed our honeybees and my foraging ducks love them too.

The Japanese violet teacup is unlike any I have seen before and the translucence makes it all the more beautiful and almost ethereal.

Coconut cake, oh my. Now I think I must bake one this week...

Donna said...

Beth violets are natives and a wonderful ground cover so I welcome them...that te cup and cake are both yummy!!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Beth
The native violets have naturalized along the back of our property under the shade of the tree line and they look pretty when in bloom.
I have seen yellow ones at a house on my morning walking route and I'd like to ask for a division to bring home.
The violet china is perfect for a February tea, and a piece of the cake would make me happy.

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

The violets are just so sweet and pretty - I loved seeing them this morning :-)

Rettabug said...

I don't know which I like more...the teacups or the tea set! All of them are gorgeous! Oh & I'd love a taste of that pretty cake, too. You make me want to bake today, but I have to do cross shaped sugar cookies later in the week for DGS's 1st Holy Communion on Sun. so I'll wait.

One time, my DH dug up violets from a golf course woodland & brought them home to me. They didn't survive but I loved his sweet gesture.

Have a good week!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful post, Beth! Your tea cup is so lovely and what a great find :) And yes, I would love a slice of your cake - it looks amazing!

Have a wonderful Monday, my friend!


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a pretty teacups, Beth. I so love those dainty little violets and yet they are hardy little posies too. Would love a piece of your pretty coconut cake; looks delish! Thank you my friend for joining me today and sharing your pretties.

Blessings and joy,

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely Beth! Definitely a violet theme this week. So much a part of spring, and so welcome! Your teacup is lovely! And your coconut cake looks like a fluffy spring cloud...but I bet it tastes a lot better! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Beth said...

Beth, I truly love little violets and am lucky to have them show up in my yard every spring. I know people who don't like them mixing with the grass but I think they are such sweet surprises. I haven't tried to transplant any. Perhaps I shall this spring once it gets here finally!!!

Diann said...

Oh, not only do I love the beautiful teacup set and the gorgeous silver, I so want a slice of that coconut cake! It looks amazing!!


The silver tea set is gorgeous, along with the lovely teacup and the yummy looking cake..WOW!!! Thank you for the sweet comment on my finds. Big hugs,

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the violets that grow around your house. White ones are my favourite!

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your teacups are very pretty and the one with that unusual saucer. Yes I would love a slice of coconut cake please.

Magnolia Cottage said...

Dear Beth,
Love your violet photo's and your teacups are beautiful! Your cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Deb said...

They are both very pretty tea-cups. I love your silver with the white. It goes so well together. Coconut cake says 'Easter' to me and it is one of my all-time favorite treats. And I hear there are no calories in it, too. :)

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...


I will certainly join you for a slice of your coconut cake and a cup of tea! I love the violets - they are such fun flowers!

Jan ♥

Bernideen said...

What lovely cake and I love the way that saucer curves! Violets are wonderful!!!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Love your violet flowered teacups, Beth! Both are such treasures. I haven't had a white coconut cake in ages! I think I need one soon! Happy tea day to you!

Linda Miller said...

I love anything violets. Thank you for sharing your garden and teacups. I only wish I could taste your cake. Yum!
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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Such a beautiful, welcoming tea... just like these little harbingers of spring! Violets are among my very favorite.
So pretty!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love your sweet tea cups, your silver set and that cake looks YUMMY!!!!

Micupoftea~ said...

The cake looks fabulous! Oh, what a gorgeous cup...I can see why you love it. :)

Eileen said...

I have always loved violets, too. Your coconut cake looks delicious! Thanks so much for popping by!

meowmeowmans said...

What beautiful violets in your garden AND on those teacups. :)

Julie said...

Love the violets. We had them in the woods all around in NC. And transplanted some in a bed along our garden gravel path, and YES! they will multiple, almost as much as VINCA! ;-) Love the teacup. and your white on white is lovely and delicious looking. Enjoyed my visit Beth. STAY safe and warm in this coming storm!!! oh I hope it's lesser accumulations!!! xoxo

sabri said...

your newest your garden and my grandma used to make me that gorgeous cake..looks so good..stop by for a visit some time...~Sabri~


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