Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees is the monthly challenge from Cuisine Kathleen. I don't have dishes with birds on them (note to self: fix that), I sent the hibiscus flowered plates on their merry way to a new home up north, and anything with trees I had was either Christmas or winter. So I figured it was time to cheer us up and help us forget about our last freeze this past Thursday and Friday mornings! Fast forward 24 hours... and here we are a balmy 70. (Another promised freeze coming up Wednesday! I am so tired of hauling pots in and out.) But back to the table....
To attract bees, something sweet needs to be about. Lemons sous verre. Under glass. A beautiful wooden bowl, more of those split peas, some reindeer moss and lemons. All sous verre.
And the bees appeared! Lemon colored bowls with a beehive design and a huge bee! Bees are good, they give us honey and feed mostly on pollen and nectar from plants. Bees range in size from 5/64" to 1.5".
Sweet bees are most common in the Northern Hemisphere. One landed right here on the napkin rings that flew in from One Kings Lane last year. It fell for the yellow checked napkins from Pier One.
A lone geranium with it's single bloom, confiscated from the kitchen window sill, adds a wonderful pop of color to the table. The sweet bird couldn't resist joining this party. Direct from Ashtree Cottage, Susan and Bentley's charming home. So charming!!
No ladders or chairs for me. Hold the camera up high, point down, check the vari-angle view finder and shoot away. Yep, those are still pecans on the ground. I did pick them all up and they were all in the dumpster by 5pm! I know that is sad, but with 3 large pecan trees, we have more than I can possibly eat, give away or beg people to take.
Once again, those nest chargers came out to play. I almost succumbed to the PB ones that are now on sale for less than 50% off, but resisted (oooh that sounds so noble!). I also pulled out the larger cabbage chargers to use as plates.
A yellow handled spoon completes the setting, that I found at Ross's, from Cambridge. But there is something new on the table.....
When I was picking up a couple of dozen margarita glasses from Dollar Tree, these glasses with lemons just plopped their chunky bodies into my basket. It was a horrible clatter wheeling those glasses down the aisles in a less than perfect shopping buggy. But I persevered!!
Tablecloth - yellow and white - very old.
Chargers - World Market
Cabbage chargers/plates - Bordallo Pinheiro
Yellow Bowls - Arte Florum
Flatware - Cambridge
Lemon Glasses - Dollar Tree
Napkins - Pier One
Napkin rings - One Kings Lane
Sweet Yellow Bird - Ashtree Cottage
Cloche - ???
Wooden Bowl - Germany
Do you think I covered the challenge?
Birds - From Ashtree Cottage
Bees - Bowls and Napkin rings
Flowers - the single bloom on the geranium
Trees - set under the plum tree in the garden@
I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for her Let's Dish party on Wednesday evenings.
Then, I'll be popping over to Susan's Tablescape Thursday on Thursday mornings!
I hope to see you there!