Archives For June 2014

Pretty Pergolas

June 20, 2014

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Jadeite Dishes

June 19, 2014

In the 1930s, jadeite dishes topped kitchen tables and diner counters all over the country. A new generation of collectors — including Martha and Alexis Stewart — has fallen in love with this fresh, green glass all over again.

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Blue Willow China

June 18, 2014

 The Blue Willow pattern is perhaps the most easily recognizable pattern and the oldest china pattern to still be reproduced today. It was created in England around 1780 but its roots in China are older. In the 18th century, China has started a booming export business with the European market which then expanded to the America. One of the items they exported was the highly popular china tableware in blue and white pattern which gained a following in Europe for its beautiful design and durability.

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The first blue willow china pieces were sold by Chinese traders to wealthy clients and it is said that Queen Mary II started her own collection and that she had a special cabinet made to store all of her porcelain from China. The English potters having gained knowledge of how to produce these wares made an effort to compete with these Chinese imports.

The first Blue Willow design was created by Thomas Turner having been inspired by the blue and white patterns of the wares from China and Thomas Minton was credited as the first to do the copper engraving for Turner.

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The traditional features of the Blue Willow patterns are a Chinese pagoda (called tea house by some) and garden, an oriental bridge with three people walking, the willow tree, and of course the two birds. There is a legend behind the pattern which is most likely an English romantic rumor that tells the story of a rich Mandarin who has a beautiful daughter that fell in love the Mandarin’s secretary. The difference in their social status prevented the daughter and the secretary from getting married and to prevent their meetings the rich Mandarin had a high fence built to keep the lovers from seeing each other.

The daughter was betrothed to marry a duke who came by boat with a box of jewels, on the eve of their wedding the daughter and the secretary ran away and sailed on the boat to a secluded land where they lived happily for many years. The secretary became a famous writer which later proved to be the key to his doom as his fame allowed the rich Mandarin to find him and have him and the daughter killed. It was said that the gods took pity on the lovers and transformed them into birds. Some sources state that the two birds were not part of the original design and was only added later to add romance and allure to the legend.

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The Victorians loved the pattern and so several well-known potters began to reproduce their own version of the Blue Willow. Notable potteries include:

  • Worcester who pioneered with the blue and white hand painted ware later perfecting a printing technique making the blue and white print transfer ware.
  • Thomas Minton, the first engraver of Turner’s designed later merged with Royal Doulton who also produced their version of the Blue Willow, between the late 18th Century up to 1960s.
  • Spode and Copeland produced the popular Willow Nankin and Blue Willow transferware
  • Johnson brothers (now part of the Wedgwood Group) started producing Blue Willow in 1883 and continues on today.

The popularity of the Blue Willow had waned at some point but Blue Willow transferware from Japan reintroduced the pattern and it has been amongst the popular patterns ever since.

With the abundance of Blue Willow pieces being produced worldwide it isn’t hard for collectors and starting collectors to begin or expand their collection.

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Terra Cotta Pots

June 17, 2014

A Brief History on Terra Cotta:

Terracotta was the only ceramic produced by Western and pre-Columbian people until the 14th century, when European higher fired stoneware began production. Terracotta has been used throughout history for sculpture and pottery as well as for bricks and roof shingles. In ancient times, the first clay sculptures were dried (baked) in the sun after being formed. They were later placed in the ashes of open hearths to harden, and finally kilns were used, similar to those used for pottery today. However, only after firing to high temperature would it be classed as a ceramic material.  Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terracotta

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Colorful Trees

June 16, 2014

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Masculine Tablescapes

June 15, 2014

In 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on 19 June 1910, the first Father’s Day, “sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city.”

Read the full article at the source: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Father%27s_Day

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Sewing Machine Day

June 13, 2014

Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention —– the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn’t until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. Prior to it’s creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand…stitch by stitch!06-13-7AM

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Yellow Amazone Rose

June 12, 2014

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‘Amazone’ is a seedling of the apricot tea rose, ‘Safrano’. It produces large (3”), cupped, double, buttery yellow, fragrant flowers throughout the season. The reverse of the petals is veined with rose pink. The flowers have an average of 24 to 40 luscious petals. The yellow hues are more pronounced in the spring and fall flushes. The foliage is dark green and the new growth is red.

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Amazone can grow up to 6 feet tall and on average 4 feet wide. It’s a repeat bloom pattern with mild fragrance making it a very lovable rose. ‘Amazone’ is a very trouble-free rose, but somewhat smaller than its parent, ‘Safrano’. It prefers full sun. It is easily propagated from cuttings.

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Classified as a Tea rose, it was first introduced in 1872.  It is a very versatile rose that is suitable for growing in pots or in greenhouses.

More info at PH Rose Gardens, Heirloom Roses and Lisa Bonassin’s Garden

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Finches

June 11, 2014

 Finches are seed-eating songbirds of the family Fringillidae. Most finches are native to the Northern Hemisphere. They are small birds with forked or notched tales and moderately pointed wings. The bill shape varies according to principal type of food and could be rounded or sharp and long. The basic plumage of the finches are brownish sometimes greenish and may have lots of black.

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They are typical inhabitants of well-wooded areas but some can be found in deserts and mountains. They are primarily grain eaters and but can include a small amount of arthropods in their diets. They build their nests in trees and rarely in between bushes and rocks.

Finch types fall into four major categories: fringillidae, estrildidae, ploceidae and passeridae. The ploceidae has the most species with more than 156 varieties. Caged and aviary finches which are popular and common belong to the fringillidae are known as “true finches”.  Here are some of the most popular species of Finches:

Brambling – gregarious in winter and may form flocks of many thousands. They have a black head and orange breast with white belly and can be found in beach woodlands, farmland fields and near woods. They consume seeds in winter and insects in summer.

Bullfinch – bright pinkish-red breast, grey back and bright white rump. They feed mostly on seeds and insects for the young and can be found in orchards, hedgerows and woodlands.

Chaffinch – colourful bird with patterned plumage. They have loud songs and varied calls and they eat insects and seeds.

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Crossbill – large head and bill, brick-red plumage for the adult male and greenish brown for the female. They eat the seeds of conifers.

Goldfinch – highly colored and sociable finches with red face and yellow wing patch. They are found in bushes and trees, orchards, parks and gardens.

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Greenfinch – known for their twittering and wheezing song. They are quite sociable finches with green and yellow plumage that prefers to consume black sunflower seeds. It is a regular garden visitor and is a common sight in woods, hedges, village gardens and orchards.

Hawfinch – robust passerine bird with thick necks, large round heads and a wide conical beak. They have light brown plumage and a black head with orange hue. They eat seeds, buds and shoots.

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Lesser redpoll – small short-tailed finch with conical bills. Adult males are largely brown with darker streaks and white belly and undertail. They consume seeds particularly from birch and alder as well as willow herb and sorrel. They are also known to visit bird feeders.

Linnet – slim birds with long tails, brown upperparts, grey bills and the throat is sullied white. They are distributed in Europe, western Asia and north Africa. They eat insects and seeds.

Parrot crossbill – large powerful finches that breed in the pine forests of northwest Europe and western Russia. They feed on conifer seeds mainly pine and some insects during breeding.

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Scarlet rosefinch – sparrow sized birds that breed mostly in northern Asia and parts of eastern and central Europe. They consume seeds, buds and small invertebrates.

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Unique Birdbaths

June 10, 2014

Everyone loves a bird bath, it helps the birds out by providing a water resource they wouldn’t have in the wild, while you get to see the birds in your yard when they wouldn’t necessarily be there.  The early bird baths were simple depressions in the ground. The first marketed bird bath was developed by UK garden design company Pulman & Sons in the 1840s.  These bird baths below show unique and beautiful ways to give those birds some additional love.

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