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Friday, October 21, 2016

Lakewold Gardens' 18th Annual Beautiful Tables Showcase is On!

As always this time in October, I invite you to visit charming Lakewold Gardens (Lakewood, WA) and their inspiring Beautiful Tables Showcase.
It's running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between October 20th and 23rd.
This event, celebrating the art of entertaining, will not only delight your eyes but also provides great ideas for dining table decorations for the Holidays as well as family time.
Better yet, you might get so inspired, that you will decide to submit your own table setting for one of the next showcases!

There are 32 tables, set up by professional and amateur designers in four categories: Formal, Seasonal/Holiday, Contemporary and Whimsical.
You can see the tables in my pictures, but believe me, there is much more there than my pictures can show.
Come see an antique quilt, hand etched glasses, vintage tableware and ornaments, hand-printed tablecloths, depression glass, etc., etc., etc.

Want some exotic staff? Find spider stew, mice in a teapot, butterflies in the cups, bunnies in the plates, chicken on the tables!
Find yourself in Spain and France, in Book and Hunt clubs, on grandma's porch, at Mad Hatter's tea party (actually, three parties!), in a rural barn with boogie-woogie music, at a kid's birthday party and in many other places!
If the tables are not enough, stroll the enchanting Lakewold Gardens in their autumn glory.
And, last but not least, have hot cider with delicious cookies!

Thousand Flowers by Denise Kellogg

Tuesday Tea With Hazel by Robin Barnes

Wild Pink Roses: A Remembrance of Home by Karen Robbins

Sparkle & Shine by Marquerite Wessler
 Daffodil Delight by Lori Durr

Dinner in the Garden by Retta Grisham

 Tea Time Before the Parade by Linda Lang

Autumn Splendor by David Colegrove (The Key Antiques)

Oh Spider Stew and Eyeballs Too by Carolyn Braden

Floragold Charm by Emily Whitcomb

A Red and White Christmas by Verda Washington

Oh So Provence by Sandy Ruffo

Finding His Mate by Susan Krogh

Made in Spain by Linda Bornander

 Book Club Brunch in the Library by Lea Corvin and Laura Wicklander

A Wonderland Tea Party by Celia Vincent

Some of My Favorite Things by Nancy Hall

 Cabbage Tales by Sharon Baker

 Uptown Barrelhouse Boogie-Woogie & Blues: Vice&Virtues
by Cynthia Noyes

The 12s' Days of Christmas by Neve Norton

 The Mad Hatter's Tea Party by Margaret Jacobsen and Molly Merrit-Peterson

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Robin Barnes

 Dinner and Candlelight by Gayle Karlson-Wells

 Tea on Grandmother's Porch by Danielle Lord

 Forelle Blau With the Kaiser by Danielle Lord

 Dinner With Hen and Chicks by Dianne Sengstock and Diana Santos

 Autumn Leaves by Cheryl Norton

 A Touch of Lavender Tea Party by Mary Worthington and Jo Lore

 Yakkity Yak by Judi Warren

A Hatter's Tea by Dana Flanegin

 The Old Hunt Club by Donna Erickson and Sandy Coates

Sunny Spring Brunch by Gail Gosney and Cory Plantenberg

I hope you can visit the Lakewold Gardens 18th Annual Beautiful Tables Showcase!
12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499
If not, enjoy the pictures and please, tell us what table is your favorite!

Some previous posts about this Showcase with some additional information about it:
2015 - part 2
2015 - part 3
2015 - part 4
2015 - part 5

2014 - Continuation

***Copyright 2016 TatyanaS

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October Colors in My Garden

Surrounded by fir trees and evergreen shrubs, our garden stays predominantly green year around.
Not as green as in summer thanks to brown, purple and yellow popping up here and there.

This is Schisandra chinensis with its lemon-yellow and lemon-scented leaves.

Hydrangea is changing its blooms' color again - now, from green to purple and violet.

Lacecap Hydrangea 'Princess Lace'

Hydrangea macrophilla 'Izu no Hana'

I remember buying this fuchsia in a 4" pot for $2.50. What an investment!
Reliable, long-blooming, beautiful shrub! Unfortunately, I misplaced the tag and don't remember its name.

Karen, thank you for this baby from your garden. I think it likes its new home!

Double Otto - never fails me!

Look at all the creatures on the abutilon! They appeared in fall. I guess they like cooler weather.
I just squish them with my fingers.

Euforbia brown blooms stay till they start looking ugly. So far, they look not bad with lavender flowers.

Gunnera m. deserves the best compliments. I just hope it won't rot during our mild wet winter.

Woodland Aster (Aster divaricatus, Eurybia divaricata) from Heronswood.
Spread, please, spread....

Leucosceptrum stellipilum ‘Ogon'

Anemone  - what a great addition to my garden! Love them!

The darkest from all my anemones - 'Lucky Charm'. Charming!

Grape fruit are shared with the birds, but leaves are all mine, on the vines and on the ground.

Korean Lilac

Cyclamens attract not only with their  lovely flowers and leaves, but also with their cute curls.

And last, but not least, moss - the ever-present part of my garden.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great second part of October!

***Copyright 2016 TatyanaS

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