Coming Up Roses

With Valentine’s Day approaching,

everything is coming up Roses. . .

I couldn’t resist coming home with some roses from Trader Joe’s recently~ since they were a bargain price of $9.99  for a 14-stem bunch, with a 6-stem bunch to be had for just $5.99~

I love roses in all their stages~ when they just begin to unfurl~ but they are especially appealing to me, fully open and approaching the shabby stage~

My Great Aunt’s tea cup, marked Avenir China, Limoges France, is serving up roses here but most recently was serving up rose petal tea~

Since at one point in the 1920′s as many as 48 companies were producing wares marked Limoges, her pattern has been as challenging to identify as a box of unmarked chocolates~ which I can’t determine the content of without a “pinch” test. . .

After searching online and Replacements, I was able to narrow it down to a pattern by G. Demartine & Cie, which produced and decorated porcelain from the late 1800′s to early 1900′s, but only as far as a pattern number and ‘manufacturer status unknown’.

 Unknown status or not~ I’m taking time to stop and smell the roses :)

Wishing you a Rosy week!

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  54 comments for “Coming Up Roses

  1. January 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I can not believe that you commented that you are amazed at MY decorating! You are the QUEEN. I have to ask, do you use a tripod when you take your pics???? They are so clear and sharp. The roses were a BARGAIN. I love them when they are fully open too. They resemble a peony then and they are a fave flower too. XO, Pinky

  2. January 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I had no idea that so many companies produced Limoges china. Your great aunt’s china is so beautiful along with all those gorgeous roses.

  3. shirley@housepitalitydesigns
    January 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    The roses are amazing. I love Trader Joe’s for flowers. I get most of my flowers there and their orchids are wonderful and reasonable. The Limoges china is beautiful and so much better when it belonged to family. Beloved treasures. Beautiful, beautiful, setting. I love the fabric on the table. I had the same fabric in a previous home in Florida..Love it.

  4. January 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    What interesting information about Limores china. I had no idea so many companies claimed the Limoges name. I especially love your pattern because it is so delicate and romantic. As always a beautiful post and the roses are glorious! I love all colors but pink has to be my very favorite.

  5. Pat
    January 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Your roses are exquisite!
    My favorites are the sweetheart roses, soft blushing pink (almost peach) in color…the hue used in my wedding 42 years ago!
    I adore your Aunt’s china pattern. Thank you for this magnificient photorama of love’s best floral!

  6. January 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Mary, your images are amazing! The roses are gorgeous and so is the Limoges. Both so delicate ~ I’m, too, taking time to stop and smell the roses! I noticed today that my Knockout Roses are blooming again. They are happy after the recent rain. ;-)
    Just finished reading Chocolate, Chocolate while consuming a bit of chocolate. Guess the jeans will be a bit tight! ~ Sarah

  7. January 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Your photos are sooo lovely! I wish we had Trader Joes here.

  8. January 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful colors and gorgeous roses. it is always a nice treat to bring home roses from the store. Lovely photos and mosaic.

  9. January 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Your roses and china are so beautiful! I love them both – roses and china! :) Beautiful photos and mosaics! I hope you have a rosey week too! Pamela

  10. January 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Stunning roses…in my mind, they have the most wonderful aroma!

  11. January 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Love Trader Joe’s – those roses are fab! That teacup is beautiful too!

  12. January 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Roses are always special! I love all of the shades of pink! ♥

  13. January 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Roses and Valentines … sounds perfect to me … looks perfect, too! Beautiful roses!

  14. A Garden of Threads
    January 29, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Lovely roses. I like them in the teapot, gorgeous.

  15. January 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Beautiful roses. Stunning shots! LOL, I do the pinch test, too!

  16. January 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I have been thinking about roses the past couple of days. Yours are gorgeous Mary!

  17. January 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

    The roses are gorgeous, Mary, but your photography does them full justice. Beautiful, as always. I love the teacup. I too, have some Limoges plates I can’t fully identify, but I’m so happy to have them regardless. They’re beautiful and that’s all that matters to me! Enjoy your teacup, especially since it has so much meaning to you. ~Zuni

  18. January 30, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Totally awesome Rosy Goodness!!! I love roses too…they way they smell..heavenly!! Your pictures are just gorgeous Mary!

  19. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    January 30, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Such pretty colors Mary! Glad you treated yourself-enjoy:@)

  20. January 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Your roses are beautiful, and your photographs are gorgeous. I love Trader Joe’s flowers, no wonder you couldn’t resist.

  21. January 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

    These pictures are beautiful. Such elegance and delight to the eye and their scent can not be improved upon. Your pictures make me remember the pleasure of their scent. Love the teapot spout shot.

    Funny, I went back to your giveaway post and the book about birds hit me. I need to order that. Your posts have layers of delight.

  22. January 30, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I just found you through Blooming Rose Musings – and am so glad I did – the book club, the tablescapes, the photography! wow! Lovely blog. I am now following you and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

  23. January 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Stunningly gorgeous roses, what amazing images you have for us today!
    Wonderful post to see on a misty, moisty Monday in Normandy.

  24. January 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Gorgeous roses! And great photographs. Makes me long for summer days.

  25. Pat
    January 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Beautiful roses and mosaic. Pat

  26. January 30, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    This is a beautiful post to me. The roses are beautiful (what a price!) and I love the china tea cup that belonged to your great aunt. (I didn’t know that so many companies marked their pieces Limoges.

    My favorite part is the delicate rose in the teacup. Now, that’s just plain lovely.

  27. January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Roses, they are all so beautiful!

  28. January 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What beautiful pictures, Mary! The china & flowers just add a happiness to my day. I also found the sweet, little chocolate cups at World Market…yea!!

  29. February 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    All so beautiful! Love the china and the roses! Great combination!
    Great pictures!

  30. February 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Beautiful…I love Roses and Trader Joe’s is a great place to buy flowers..Very pretty!

  31. February 3, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I’m in love with roses too ! Yours are beautiful…
    Bonne journée, Mylise.

  32. February 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Your photos are delicious! I love the way you’ve styled the roses with that scrumptious teacup!

  33. Liz
    February 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    SO pretty! I love the roses against the green and white toile. Your photos are so wonderful! :)

    Thank you for adding this lovely post to the party!! :)

  34. February 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

    What gorgeous roses. How romantic and that wonderful china.

    – The Tablescaper

  35. February 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Oh what beautiful roses…And your pictures are just lovely. Happy February to you. Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  36. February 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    fantasy living… i can breath this is over the screen, the cool clean crisp smell of new roses… so beautiful!

  37. February 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I love Limoges and your teacup is stunning, especially with your roses. A beautiful table for Valentine’s Day! Wishing you a wonderful day.

  38. February 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    The roses are lovely! Your photos capture their delicate nature, I can almost smell them!!!

  39. Riet
    February 8, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Wow, beautiful roses, I love that color pink. All LImoges is so beautiful.
    Great L word

  40. February 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Stunning roses and beautiful china, Limoges has a certain elegance to it.

  41. Pondside
    February 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    This makes me wish I’d stopped to buy flowers on my way home this evening! Your roses are so very beautiful, and your Limoges post has reminded me that there is a family story I’d like to tell about that china.

  42. February 9, 2012 at 1:03 am

    The photos were just lovely. Both your Limoge china and roses were beautiful.

  43. February 9, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Beautiful. I could almost smell those roses!

  44. February 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    stunning relief from the grey and cold this week. great shots.

  45. February 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    What a wonderful winter find! They are beautiful!

  46. jo
    February 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Wonderful photos of such pretty pretty roses, both real and painted!

  47. Karen S.
    February 9, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Your subjects flowers and whatnots, are always lovely, but how you capture them on film even better!

  48. February 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Tj’s roses this time of year are always so luscious. There is such a wide variety and I wish to fill my whole home with their delightful scents and colors!

    Your post was absolutely lovely…as always!

    Thank you for linking to Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “L”.


  49. February 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Simply gorgeous!


  50. February 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    These are simply stunning! Reminds me of my childhood. My favorite aunt and uncle had the most romantic rose garden! It consumed their entire backyard. Ah…those beautiful memories. You are so wonderful to know! Thank you for sharing. Hugs Anne

  51. February 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Great photos. I always think I’m not a fan of roses but everytime I see them I think they are beautiful so I guess I can’t really say I’m not a fan:-)

  52. February 11, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    GORGEOUS photos…I adore roses, especially shades of pink and peach !!!

  53. January 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Delightful and gorgeous!

    Mary, do you have any information on the pattern and manufacturer of the beautiful rose leaf spoons? Is there a whole set of flatware?

  54. January 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I can practically smell those roses!

    You sure can take amazing photos, wow, so BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

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