Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Too Early for Tulip Bulbs!

Did you all know that planting bulbs are not stocked in the stores yet? Who ever heard of such a thing! I've been every where looking for bulbs to complete my tablescape without any luck. At one store, I asked the clerk if they had planting bulbs and she rather condescendingly replied that it was a little too early for planting bulbs. Feeling a little naive...well...stupid, I started to defend myself by explaining that I didn't want to plant them YET, they were for my tablescape, but her tone didn't really encourage conversation so I just kept it to myself. The lengths I'll go to do a tablescape!! What have you bloggers done to me! Oh well, next best thing was to use artificial so that's what you got.


My tulip platter along with the plates below came from TJ MAXX. The label on the back says Jay Import (Made in China) HA! I filled my glass container with moss and artificial bulbs. Tucked to the side is a planting shovel and garden gloves (from Big Lots-They didn't have bulbs either. :=)).

My tulip plates rest on the same Gibson green plates you've seen several times. (WOW, are they versatile!) Both are nestled in a straw charger. My glasses are from Southern Living from a few years back.

Did you notice the napkin rings? They are made to look like little flower pots. I planted a single tulip in each one.

I think I might have a party and give each guest a burlap sack of tulip bulbs to take home. That is if I can ever find them at the stores!! :=)

Shovel your way on over to Susan's Tablescape Thursday. She has some blooming gorgeous tablescapes for your eyeing pleasure!

33 comments:

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is so pretty and I love your idea for the bulbs -- All us tablescapers completely understand your frustration of not being able to find that perfect finishing touch -- I looked all over this week for a vintage boy's baby bib - and alas, none to be found in my travels. Nice job (even without the bulbs)

Eileen said...

It's perfect exactly as is! I've never seen such pretty dishes! I absolutely adore tulips so this is right up my alley!
Very, very pretty table, and I love the glassware too!
This was great! One of the nicest tables I've seen so far tonight!
All the best,
Eileen

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful table. I love the tulips!

once in a blue moon... said...

just love your style, gorgoeus pics and table!

ellen b said...

Marsha! What a great idea for your scape! :0) Some retailers just don't understand us bloggers. I love your result...

Frugal Fine Living said...

Marsha, this is so pretty! I love the dishes and the glasses. The tulips in the napkin rings are a nice touch.

Jane

Maria Killam said...

Such a fun story - and your table is beautiful! I adore tulips!

Jadehollow said...

Marsha.. What a stunning table!! I love all that bold color.. and the dinnerware is beautiful.
Debbie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty table setting! I know what you mean about those looks, etc. Oh well.

Terri said...

I just love your tablescape. The colors are beautiful and coordinate so well together.... I love the versatility of apothecary jars. Thanks for sharing!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Marsha, what a lovely and creative table. Love the tuilps and the bulbs. Your apothecary centerpiece is beautiful.

Tina

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very creative! Love all the colors!

Katherine

Blushing hostess said...

Lovely - tons of vibrant color!

ceekay said...

Great idea....that is the cutest ideas!!

Sharlotte said...

I love this tablescape. How very creative. I also enjoyed your theme - too cute! The colors are great.

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Wow! This is such a gorgeous tablescape ~ GREAT job!!!

Cathy said...

Oh...I love this!!! I love all of the color!!! The tulips are stunning!!! You have created a beautiful tablescape!!! Oneof my favorites...ever!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Dawn said...

I'm sure the stores will soon discover the shopping power of bloggers and they will be begging us to buy things like out of season bulbs.
Dawn

Brenda said...

OOH, I love all the color! These colors contrast very well together. Love the garden theme and the bulbs. Very creative tablescape!
Brenda

Scrappy Girl said...

Love the bulbs. So pretty.

Kim said...

I had to laugh about the bulbs. I would have no clue either as to when stores would carry them. Your tablescape turned out great. I love the idea of sending home bulbs as a thank you gift. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. It really means a lot to me.

Anita said...

Hi Marsha, thanks for visiting my blog. Yep, I'm a SouthEast Tennessee girl, born and bred. Good to meet you and look forward to getting to know you.

Marsha said...

Marsha, what a beautiful tablescape and I too love the idea of putting bulbs in the apocothary jar for a centerpiece!

We not only share a name but guess who else has those tulip plates?

http://marsha-kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/04/spring-brownies.html

bj said...

A precious table..love the flowers.

denisemarie in Houston, TX said...

Love it!! love the way you really carried forward the theme. At least you'll have the bulbs any ol' time you want now. When I'm at a store and I say, "Oh, a blogger last week said/had/did..." their eyes glass over like they have no clue about ALL of us. Love the napkin ring/pots and the tulip peeking up out of it.

I think you should join the Sept. Apothacary Jar/Cloche party. There is a button on my blog roll about it. denisemarie-Bloomin'

Mary said...

What a beautiful tablescape. Your photos are drop dead gorgeous.

Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Cookbooks said...

Pops with bold color ... fantastic!

Pearl Maple said...

Your tulip and potting shed theme is just delightful, the colours and theme work so well together.

Liz said...

OH I LOVE THOSE DOTS AND STRIPES GLASSES!What a really pretty table!

~Liz

Jane said...

The boldly colored tulip plates are gorgeous! You are right...the dark green plates are so very versatile! So many patterns work with the green... Your table is fabulous - even without the bulbs!

Jane (Artfully Graced)

Chari said...

Hi Marsha...

Ohhhh...I love your tulip plates!!! This is such a pretty tablescape, my friend!!! I love the tulip theme and the colors that you used are sooo beautiful! Ohhhh and those little flower pot napkin rings are just too cute! Wherever did you find those? Creative idea...to use flower bulbs in your apothecary jar...it makes for a beautiful centerpiece! Sheeeeshh...I didn't know that you couldn' buy bulbs now...don't feel to bad, Darlin'!

Beautiful table!
Warmest wishes,
Chari

Florida Sue said...

This is just perfect. I love the gardening theme!

Maureen said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!