Summer blooms are waning in the garden but my Portmeirion Botanic Garden provides a continual flower show year round! I had a little tabletop and dish gardening fun with blooms and butterflies in the Potting Shed.
The beauty of these blooming dishes is I don’t have to wait until next spring to enjoy the short but sweet peony season . . .
If only the dinnerware had a scratch and sniff option so I could enjoy the wonderful fragrance too!
Portmeirion Botanic Garden has been my everyday pattern for about 20 years.
I always enjoying adding a flower to my garden of dishes if I find a blooming piece at HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx.
Introduced in 1972, Portmeirion Botanic Garden’s delightful mixture of floral motifs and signature leaf border, was inspired by early 19th century illustrations and designed by celebrated designer Susan Williams-Ellis.
In addition to the wonderful botanical designs, I was drawn to the butterflies and bees on the dinnerware which is also microwave, freezer and oven safe.
It’s also chip resistant and very durable. I’ve only had a couple of pieces to break over the years which happened during a move…*sniff*. I salvaged one of my broken plates to use as a planter accent.
Passion flower vine is blooming by my Potting Shed back door.
Passion flower vine is the larval host plant for the Gulf fritillary butterfly, also called the passion butterfly.
The larva feeds exclusively on species of passion flower. You can read more about Gulf fritillary butterflies and see the caterpillars and chrysalis, here.
La Rochere butterfly glasses are perfect for summer sipping your nectar of choice!
And I was all aflutter when I found these butterfly watering cans at T.J. Maxx this spring, one turquoise and one yellow. . .
I tucked a Chinese Aster into the watering spout for a touch of whimsy.
The swallowtails are the first visitors at the butterfly bush (buddleia) in the spring.
Pretend along with me that the pinkish-purple spikes of the buddleia filling my pitcher are actually lilacs . . .
Lilacs need a long period of winter chill to bloom which we don’t have here in the South.
These beautiful illustrations are from Edith Holden’s The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady, a treat with its illustrations of flora and fauna if you enjoy nature and gardening. I found my copy from a used book seller on Amazon for $3.00 plus shipping.
Coneflower attracts pollinators, butterflies and bees alike and is a favorite of Painted Lady butterflies.
Don’t you love the name ‘Painted Lady’ for a butterfly?
Ball jars are filled with a mix of grocery store and garden blooms. . .
And napkins, serve as placemats, layered over a jute runner, adding more butterflies and blooms to table.
Gardening gloves hold napkins and flatware for dining with the butterflies and blooms in the Potting Shed.
I’ve been stalking Monarch butterflies with my camera, most of the time unsuccessfully, but thrilled to find some fluttering by to stop at the milkweed that reseeded this spring.
Dishes / Portmeirion Botanic Garden
Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden, HomeGoods several years ago
Butterfly Glasses / La Rochere, HomeGoods several years ago
Napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago
Butterfly watering cans / T.J. Maxx/ this spring
Jute Runner / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Womanswork Floral Pattern Arm Saver Gloves / Amazon