The climbing rose on the right, brought as a cutting from my former garden, (it was inherited there) covers a large space to on the back fence, further right of this shot, that separates our back garden from the alley. The rose is a once-a-year bloomer but for the month it blooms, it's so very prolific and extraordinarily fragrant that it gets to stay. It's also fond of black spot but that doesn't seem to bother it much and I don't spray because I'm too
My mom loved roses and enjoyed tea so we'll just throw these together as a late Mother's Day offering. Interestingly, although afternoon tea is experiencing a bit of a renaissance, many of these objects are seen as passe and can be easily found at garage sales. Funny, with the exception of the teapot, I've never actually used any of these vessels for tea.
Floating works well for these as they like to hang down from the branches which is charming in a climber under which one walks but not so much of a treat to arrange in a vase. Confession: chopsticks were used in the first arrangement to keep the roses facing upward.
People don't seem to want to bother with crystal these days. I'm basing that on the glut of it observed at extremely low prices on the secondary market.
What are your thoughts about afternoon tea? I'm usually still at work around tea time so, for me it usually consists of a teabag in a travel mug that held my morning coffee and a piece of fresh fruit. Are you a tea person and if so, have you favorites? (Mine - cucumber sandwiches, scones with lemon curd and clotted cream although I can't eat most of that anymore.)