Category Archives: Fairy Garden

fairy garden tea…

Patty Szymkowicz Mrs Cardinal Pause

feeling grateful for some lovely weather lately with time to sit out and enjoy nature on our back porch…

Patty Szymkowicz dessert on the porch

we like eating out back and had some yummy avocado tofu pie from our favorite local vegetarian restaurant  recently (I know!!! believe me all you can taste is delicious creamy goodness with nuts on top and a bit of sweetness along with some refreshing water = just perfect!!!)…

Patty Szymkowicz dish garden in bloom

our fairy garden is in full bloom with tiny Blue Star Creeper in the front…Patty Szymkowicz fairy garden closeup

and pink blooms of a miniature Dianthus behind the little bench and garden gate (the pinks smell beautiful)…

Patty Szymkowicz Fairy Garden Seasons

we decided to turn the blue birdbath that a friend gave us some years ago into a dish garden just off our back porch…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz May 2010

and we get to enjoy it through the changing seasons…

Patty Szymkowicz moisture meter

not sure how this handy gadget works (no batteries…you just stick the wand into the soil and  the dial moves) but I find it very helpful in keeping track of the moisture levels of plants especially those in containers with no drainage (over watering can be as bad for plants as letting them dry out)…

Patty Szymkowicz Mr Magpie holds a cuppa

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover…

Patty Szymkowicz Red

“All that we behold is full of blessings.” ~William Wordsworth

Paper Bag T …

it is always fun when I go looking for one thing and find other surprises along the way…

Just Because Gift Bag

these small paper bags were pieces I had started awhile ago…

Paper Bag gift bags

recycled paper bags, bits of fabric, lace, thread, paper, mica, tea cup image from The Graphics Fairy

all they needed were a few finishing touches along with sewing down the sides and adding handles for hanging so they would be ready to tuck in a card or surprise…

Oaten Biscuit Tea

sitting out on our back porch enjoying a cup of tea with some yummy (not too sweet) Oaten biscuits we brought home from Scotland

Fairy Garden Mother Mary

here’s wishing you a Happy T on Tuesday with lots of little things to delight you again and again…

just noticed this is my 1,700th blog post = oh my!

T … T and “Tea”

Happy Tuesday which really feels more like Monday after our three day weekend here in the states…

T for Tillandsia which was going to be the topic of my tea post today until we added the…

T for Tarte more on that later

our actual“Tea” was a bit of bubbly and not tea at all as a reward for our hard work in finally getting our back porch scrubbed for the season…

Mr Magpie also replaced the ceiling fan and light fixture which was a feat in the heat as it felt more like the 4th of July than Memorial Day here in northern Virginia…

VERY hot and humid…

so about our Tillandsia tenufolia which is a type of Bromeliad air plant…

it seems that some species of Tillandsia bloom only once in a lifetime…

 so imagine my thrill in stumbling upon this little plant that had been all but forgotten out on our back porch as it must have blown out of the fairy garden into the garden bed going completely unnoticed…

after the bloom fades the plant will make “pups” giving us more little air plants…

what an unexpected surprise that was…

now on to that gorgeous tarte which was a really lovely treat from the freezer section of Trader Joe’s…

it says on the box that a serving size is 1/4th tarte

we decided we could handle that as it had to hold us over until dinner and we didn’t even need to turn on the oven…

Mr Magpie found a setting on our camera for photographing food…

we still need to experiment and see if it makes a real difference in the photo quality…

our weekend was full of surprises including the fact that it is Lavender picking time again a good two weeks early

won’t you join us over at Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons for more tea tales…

all are welcome to join in with or without tea

Happy 2nd Birthday PINK SATURDAY

today is the second anniversary of

Pink Saturday

Beverly, of How Sweet the Sound, has accomplished no small task in keeping this vibrant group going all this time

I enjoy pink

often it is in nature … the bunch of fragrant primroses above is especially wonderful in the double close up view

sometimes I find pink by the roadside


sometimes pink finds me … thank you Trish, Hans and Skye for these beautiful Mother’s Day flowers that seemed to stay fresh forever and a day oxoxo

if you have a few moments

you can see my 1st  Pink Saturday Birthday post here

… it was a visit to Dumbarton Oaks in nearby Washington DC

this year the photos are from our Virginia garden … except for the roadside poppies from a nearby highway

here’s to lots more pink fun …thank you Beverly !

May Bells …

… that bloom in April … these are for you Estivalia … I hope to have a photo of some pink ones soon


whether you call them lily of the valley lirio del valle …  maiglockchen … monwalia … muguet des bois … mughetto … lelietje-van-dalen …

they all smell SO sweet


this year I am focusing on filling my flower press


it takes about two weeks in between pressings


that should keep me busy as the parade of spring blossoms keeps rolling along

last year I altered the top of one of my flower presses


spring fever has set in … I decided to plant a little fairy garden


using a deep bird bath that we’ve had for awhile … a dish garden on a pedestal just off our back porch … still room left to tuck in a few more plants

“Where scattered wild the Lily of the Vale, Its balmy essence breathes.” ~James Thomson