Sunday, August 30, 2015

Moss Rose Connections


Welcome Tea Friends,

I hope this post finds you happy and healthy. The 100+ temps have begun to weigh me down and my flowers. I'm starting to yearn for autumn even though I'll miss the warm evenings.

Well, the garden has certainly suffered from the drought. It's not enjoyable looking out onto brown grass and dry foliage, but all of us are doing our part to conserve water. At the start of summer I purchased some drought resistant plants and two pots of colorful moss roses. The garden desperately needed some color. I was not familiar with these flowers and thought they would add the perfect amount of color to one of my pots. 



I have really enjoyed these tiny pom poms of color and they have done remarkably well in the heat. There is such a variety of color between the two plants.

I've learned moss roses originate from South America and their seeds are edible raw or cooked.

After I bought the these little roses, I realized I had a Royal Albert dessert plate named Moss Rose-an ebay purchase from over a year ago. 
I've been trying to create some teacup trios and possibly "research" a pattern I would like to collect. Right now I don't own a complete teaware set. I do enjoy mixing and matching what I do own for tea parties, but one day I would like to have a set I adore. Also, I think it would be fun acquiring all of the different pieces for the set.

While on ebay, this Moss Rose dessert plate caught my eye and recently while on etsy a Moss Rose teacup and saucer caught my attention.


Can you tell which Moss Rose pattern is older?
It's the dessert plate on the top left. Royal Albert produced that Moss Rose pattern in 1946. There is more gold trim along the edge compared to the newer saucer.

Royal Albert 1946 Moss Rose backstamp

 My first teacup trio courtesy of ebay and etsy!
Here is information on the Moss Rose backstamps and other teaware in this pattern: Royal Albert Moss Rose


I love the cup's subtle floral design. The pattern is feminine but not over the top and the gold keeps it classic. This pattern was produced from 1956-1960's. It was finally discontinued in 2001. I really think I'm going to start collecting this pattern. As of now, I'm using this teacup/saucer for my tea during the weekends. It's silly as tea drinkers not to partake tea in our lovely bone china cups.
I'd like to end this post with one of my aunt's beautiful lace doilies which she sews without a pattern.

The textured designs are simply amazing!

Have a wonderful start to September! I may be a bit slow in visiting all of your blogs this week, but hope to eventually get to all of them by the end of the week.

Take care,
Nora



14 comments:

  1. I love your Moss Rose trio, I always have plenty of Moss Rose in my garden, it's one of my favorites!

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  2. Hi Nora...that's such a pretty pattern! Sorry about the heat, not fun, is it? I think another name for the flowers is Portulaca. We used to grow them when we lived in hotter climes and they liked it! Unlike me! So fun you know Bainbridge Island...a favorite place for a day out for us! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  3. Hi Nora, your Aunt's dollies are really works of art ... so lovely. I understand about hot and am happy that UGHust is over! I forget about the moss rose plant. I used to plant them when I lived in New Mexico ... they handle the heat and drought so well. I must remember for next year when I need a little color outside. Your RA Moss Rose trio is lovely. Well done! Happy Tea Day!

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  4. Hi Nora,
    Your moss rose trio is just so pretty and one that I've never seen. It will be fun to collect that pattern. I have some purslane, which are similar to moss rose, and they do provide color and take the Texas heat very well.

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  5. You have a beautiful trio set ! I love collecting them also! I have never seen a doily like that one it is beautiful! I have some of my grandmothers!

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  6. What a lovely trio, Nora! It'll be fun to add more items to your Moss Rose collection, as you find them during your treasure hunts!

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  7. Hi Nora,
    I was a teacher too until I retired two years ago so I do understand how very busy you must be. I started blogging just before I retired so that I would not be bored and would have a "job". I never had my assignment change the first week of school so I do feel badly for you. I do love your Moss Rose trio. I actually have two Moss Rose teacups but they are in the montrose shape. I love the thicker gold gilt on the older tea plate. Happy Tea Day and I hope that you have a wonderful year with your new class. Karen

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  8. Hi Nora,
    I was a teacher too until I retired two years ago so I do understand how very busy you must be. I started blogging just before I retired so that I would not be bored and would have a "job". I never had my assignment change the first week of school so I do feel badly for you. I do love your Moss Rose trio. I actually have two Moss Rose teacups but they are in the montrose shape. I love the thicker gold gilt on the older tea plate. Happy Tea Day and I hope that you have a wonderful year with your new class. Karen

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  9. I absolutely love tea even though my blog isn't about tea, and your photos are gorgeous!

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  10. Your choice of moss rose in you garden is perfect for the hot summer we have here, too! The Royal Albert Moss Rose is a very lovely pattern. I hope you enjoy collecting the pattern for a tea set. Please, come visit my post Lemon Zest this week!
    Have a good week!

    Pam

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  11. Hi Nora,
    We are having a cool day today and I'm hoping it will warm up tomorrow. Seems everyone has something to say about the weather these days. I know I'm not ready to bid good-bye to Summer just yet. Moss Rose is a darling pattern. I have one teacup. A blogger friend has a whole set of it. She has been collecting it for years. The doilies are gorgeous. I have a niece who taught herself to crochet and she won three ribbons in the Fair this year. It's something I've always wanted to do but never learned. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea today.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. Love those doilies! The cup and saucer pattern is so delicate. I hope you can find enough pieces for a tea set.

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  13. {{sigh}} what a pretty tea set, my friend! The pattern is simply lovely. I had to smile that you were able to put the set together via ebay and Etsy :)

    And your flowers....stunning! You just made my evening more bright and beautiful. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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  14. Oh my - what a pretty set - I love it. Love that you gathered these things off the internet. Love the doily too - very pretty design. I can crochet doilies - but I do need a pattern to start with.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora