Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tea and Roses

Oh good, you're here!

I'm guessing you're stopping in after visiting Angelina of Petite Haus.

I was just enjoying a cup of tea in the garden while I waited for you.

and thinking about how fun it's been joining eleven blogging friends for this Tea and Roses Blog Hop.

Before we look at roses - I want to make sure you know about the link party that begins Saturday

and the GIVEAWAY - look for the details at the end of the post.

I love roses

and frequently use them in my decor,

but roses don't grow well in my garden.

This is the only rose bush that has blooms - three to be exact!

So I thought we might go on a bicycle ride around town

in search of roses.

I must be honest and tell you that this gorgeous aqua door isn't in my neighborhood - it's in San Francisco, but it's one of my favorites of my photos and I had to show you the roses

I wish my little garden shed was surrounded by roses!

I don't know the names of many roses,

 but this one at a house just around the corner is one of my favorites.

In Southern California, mixing succulents and roses is common.

I love the mix of roses in this garden.

I don't know about you,

but picket fences get me every time.

And how about this arch!

I know we're looking for roses, but these fried egg flowers are one of my favorites - they're actually called Matilija poppies.

Our bike ride is at an end,

but before I send you off to Katherine's Corner,

 let's head out to the beach for iced tea and cookies

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I hope you had a chance to visit all the other blogs.


        Decor To Adore                  Petite Haus                  Art and Sand

 Katherine's Corner           Lora Bloomquist               White Arrows Home 

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  1. Carol, it's always a pleasure to visit your beautiful garden and what a treat to tour nearby gardens! The photo with the picnic by the beach looks heavenly! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. This post was a gardener and rose lovers dream come true. How magical to be surrounded by such beauty! I have borrowed one of your images to use on social media today. Be glorious!

  3. Thankyou for the beautiful rose tour! I love them too, but don't have them in my garden:( Maybe someday! I do have succulents though, which I love also. Guess I hadn't really though about them together, but I like the idea! Enjoy the hop day!

  4. Carol, you know you are living my dream, a cottage by the water..sigh...Thank you for sharing your lovely bike ride to find roses. I like roses too but I just can't seem to grow them either. Earwigs love them..eek. Fresh cut flowers are the best. You should stop by the house around the corner and make a new friend, just ask about the name of the roses and I'm sure he/she will share with you. Your last photo took me to a daydream, a bit of tea sipped by the water, pure bliss. It's a pleasure to be part of the tea and roses blog hop with you. Hugs!

  5. Such happiness and beauty!Really a pleasure visiting you!Thanks!Gorgeous pics!

  6. You found some beautiful roses on your bike ride, Carol. Your photographs are always so nice to look at.

    I have never had any luck growing roses in south Florida so I resort to the florist or grocery store.

  7. I sure enjoyed the bike ride in California! You have such a beautiful state with so many flowers. :)

  8. Oh, how I loved my visit! As beautiful as every single pic is.....that last one of tea on the beach stole my heart!

  9. Carol, I just found my new happy place!! What beautiful gardens and arrangements!! ~ Kristin

  10. I love roses in a garden, they really add such color and scent. What a fun bike ride. Now tea and cookies on the beach, I'm in!

  11. Your favorite rose is mine, too. It is called Double Delight ~

    Thank you for the wonderful tour!

  12. Such a lovely post . . . I enjoyed the ride down Rose Lane :)
    Now on to visit the other blogs enjoying tea and roses.
    Have a happy day.
    Connie :)

  13. What a wonderful idea to do a bike ride rose garden tour around your town! Your town and beach are lovely and so are so lucky to live in such a wonderful area! So happy to be part of the blog hop with you!

  14. Carol you know I absolutely love where you live, it's so fun to tool around on your bike and enjoy all the beautiful homes and hardens of your area! The roses are called double delight and they are so fragrant! If I could have an arbor and a white picket fence I would be a happy camper for sure! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful day with day with us!

  15. Carol, I love roses too, but never seem to have much luck growing them. I have a rose bush I keep for my daughter seems to grow a few each year. I love the light pink house with the aqua door, their roses are very pretty. You do always show us such pretty flowers. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

  16. What a treat! A beachy bicycle rose tour? Be still my heart! And tea on the beach? What a fantastic end for this post! Carol I am so happy you joined us and brought a bit of your beautiful and artistic coastal charm to our hop! This was truly a fun post, thank you for sharing! Enjoy the tea, and roses!

  17. so pretty! Love those houses, too. Thanks for a lovely visit :)


  18. I always dreamed of having a cottage with roses growing around the door. But, reality struck and I realized that having plants around your entrance with sharp pointy thorns might not be that practical. lol
    I loved all the pretty roses and flowers. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  19. Carol, what a beautiful tour. That blue door is my favorite. Something about it is just so welcoming and charming...thanks for taking us along.

  20. Carol, what a lovely bike tour with beautiful roses. The last stop is my favorite, what a gorgeous spot for tea and cookies! It has been fun blog hopping with you!

  21. Oh Carol, what a are getting me so STOKED up to get some projects underway at our cottage! My husband promised that this year we'd paint the front door BLUE. We had painted our shutters blue last year, so this is the year.....I hope. As for roses? They make me swoon, and with a picket fence? BRING IT ON. I am going to try to convince my husband to make me a little picket fence portion for each side of the landing in the give it that "Carmel touch."

    Thank you for this enchanting tour, no matter where these places are.

  22. I love roses, thank you for all the eye candy! Those fried egg flowers are the cutest!

  23. Oh Carol, the roses are gorgeous; but I am gushing over that pitcher and dotty enamel set. I'll be back to type more after I wipe the drool off of my face. :) I loved the stroll and the roses around the San Fran door is so beautiful! I have a weakness for picket fences. Oh, to relax on the beach!

  24. They are all beautiful but your Roses by the Beach should be in a magazine. Stunning !

  25. I could almost stop and smell the roses with each photo you posted!

  26. Carol!! I just adore this post!! Everything you have shared is so lovely!! And the colors are stunning!! You know that I am a color girl!!
    Thanks so much for participating in this charming Tea Time Blog Hop!!!

  27. Beautiful post, and I can only dream of riding my bike in such a beautiful neighborhood! I love the roses surrounding your little garden shed best. Beautiful!

  28. So pretty, Carol! Roses don't do well in my garden either. Something keeps eating them. My mother had the prettiest roses. So does my sister. But I just can't seem to keep the bugs off of them. I too love picket fences!

    Thank you for such a lovely post.

  29. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit as much as you did and comment on my post!!