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Tuesday, September 16, 2008


i just picked these today and, altho there are several little buds on this particular
bush, i am worried they won't be as lovely as these.
oh, and I wish you could smell them. they smell just as sweet as they look.
they are some of the most beautiful of roses i have ever had and i am very proud of them!
i am soooo known for my BROWN THUMB...i am being very, VERY careful with this little beauty of a rose bush.

the roses are so large and compact, the new little stems are having a hard
time holding the blossoms upright.

this is a "first year" little rose bush and i just love it to pieces.
i planted a KNOCKOUT rose bush at the same time and it has just about
bloomed itself to death.....bunches of the cutest little roses....
i can't wait to see what it does NEXT summer.
is it too late to plant rose bushes now, in West Texas, for NEXT summer ??
i wonder !
i can also Google it, i suppose....


hosted by SUSAN at

Now, last Tuesday, I posted some CHRISTMAS table settings...
THIS time, however, it is all about the

this adorable plate with the beautiful pink roses and the scalloped edge is
a gift from my SWEET BILL.

i just have ONE plate and i want the entire, WHOLE set but i know i will never, ever find any more, any where, any time !
i think it is just one of those lovely plates that survived TIME and all the others in the entire universe were BROKEN or are being used by KINGS AND QUEENS somewhere.....
if ever i found a SET of these lovely things, i am pretty sure i would faint and fall over dead.
this is the kind of dish that i love so much i want to marry it.
so I can't spend the rest of my entire life searching for more pieces because
i don't know the NAME !!

now this adorable napkin ribbon.....
recognize it, sweet MARY ?

i suspect that there's not much of anything else that brings a dining table alive
like fresh flowers; ESPECIALLY beautiful ROSES ...
they just happen to be MY favorite
is this why i can never get really excited about my fall decorating ?
no fresh, homegrown roses to be found......
i am on the search for a knock-out centerpiece for fall and when i find it...
i will post a


after all, THANKSGIVING is right around the corner......
gosh, i seem to be jumping from one holiday to another...
that's just the way my mind works these days.

i just am sooooo not ready to give up SUMMER !!


pray very hard about who you want for our PRESIDENT, come November and then,
work as hard as you can to support him
blessings, bj


Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi BJ, I just added you to the list of those participating. I'm off to work now but I'll be back this evening to see your pretty tablescape! Susan

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Pretty setting and beautiful roses BJ. Have a blessed day !

Smilingsal said...

Beautiful roses, I can see why you don't want summer to end.

Working around one plate is rough, but you did a good job.

Anita said...

Beautiful roses! Love your new header picture, too... Have a great day!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your roses are gorgeous, BJ!

I love the placesetting. I hope you're in a shop or at a yardsale and just happen upon more of these wonderful plates.

The header is lovely. What program do you use for those borders?

Kathleen Grace said...

A beautiful setting BJ. I get so much inspiration from you!:>)

nikkicrumpet said...

FINALLY....someone who only has a place setting of you're talking...that I have!!! I have 8 or 9 place settings of ONE! Gee I feel like part of the group today hehehe. Hope you have a glorious day. I get to clean ALL DAY because the family will be flying in tomorrow night YIPPEE! (that exclamation was not in reference to the cleaning)

Picket said...

Morning BJ...Thoses roses are glorious....look how full and ruffled they are! I have a black thumb when it comes to roses..the knockouts are the only ones I have ever been able to keep alive! lol Your plate is so pretty...maybe someone will see this post that has some of the same thing or know where you can find some take care girl and have a great day!

santamaker said...

Oh, BJ, what a sweet , sweet rose table setting. Was that in my honor?!!......... LOL
Your roses are so gorgeous. It's obvious you tend to them very lovenly.
be good,

Rhondi said...

Your roses are beautiful and I love that plate too. I'll keep my eyes open for one. You never know, maybe I'll come across one!
This is the second year for my knockout roses and they have outdone themselves.
Hugs, Rhondi

ellen b said...

Hi BJ! I love your sweet summer time setting here. It's so fresh and inviting. Have a beautiful day!

Brown-Eyes said...

Morning BJ...Oh, I know what you mean about having dish wish based on ONE plate...I have a single plate I love and like you can't find its long lost cousins...I envy you on the gorgeous rose bushes...Grasshoppers beat me to mine...ugh! ;-) Bo

ceekay said...

Your plate is lovely...take and scan the pattern as best you can and send a copy for Replacements Unlimited. They will be able to tell you what the pattern is and whether they have any in stock. They are not cheap, but maybe you can at least get 1 more so you and hubby can have a nice romantic dinner!!

Twice as Nice said...

Looks like the only thing missing from your beautiful table is the yummy food you prepare.

So many people have been begging for fall but I too wish it were still summer. Ours was cooler here in Illinois and felt like we didn't get one...just a long spring. Last winter was snowier and looong. I'm not looking forward to another. But I guess you can't change Mother Nature.

Have a happy day.

countrygirl3031 said...

Good morning BJ...beautiful roses..wish I could smell them..I love their scent!

Your table setting looks gorgeous! That plate is too cute!


Cyndy said...

Oh, what a beautiful place setting! I love your roses! I use to have a neighbor that had beautiful rose bushes. I could just sit out on my front porch and enjoy the scent from her hard labor. LOL, it was great!
I have only one rose bush, and this year it didn't produce as well as last year. I'm afraid I probably pruned it the wrong way!!!

I love you new header, too. I'm going to have to try and figure out how to add one to my blog.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey BJ, I just blogged too about "so not ready to give up summer yet". My pink rose bush is not ready to give it up yet either. In the past few days it has put out a new flush of blooms. Nobody told that bush that it is pumpkin time. :) I just wanted to let you know that Kim has posted my auction up. It's #49. And when I am on my treasure hunts if I ever see that pretty plate I will snap it up and send it to you.

Mary said...

Your roses are SO beautiful!!! And your tablesetting is absolutely lovely. I DID recognize the little daisy. :) I often appreciate single dishes much more than whole sets. I guess it is because they are one-of-a-kind (to us anyway) and thus more treasured.

Debbie @ said...

Hi BJ, enjoyed your beautiful tablescape. Can't wait to see the fall one, and your centerpiece you decide on. I just love that quilt in your header!!! I love the colors, the pattern, the whole thing! Have a lovely day

Julie said...

Oh - all of my roses were blown off in the storm...but there are still more buds! Love your romantic table setting.

beddow said...

It is beautiful! I have always thought you were so gifted with the lovely tablescapes you do.
Reminded me of the food that used to be on RMS, oh what fun that was.


CIELO said...

Hi BJ.... love your roses and tablescape.... just lovely.


Grandma Faith said...

Great blog today! There is an award for you over at my blog for being a Super Commenter! Have a great day!

Sweetie said...

BJ, Your roses are so beautiful that I can close my eyes and smell them. Your place setting is exquisite. I don't know that I have ever seen a table look as beautiful. I have seen table settings with different patterns of dishes used. I recently began collecting single plates. I am planning on making a plate wall. Again - gorgeous!!!
Hugs, Sweetie

beddow said...

BJ I am in lower Michigan. We got a lot of rain but missed out on the wind that made it all the way to Ohio.


Jessica (Cozy Kitchen) lives around Houston, she is safe but they are telling her she could be without power for a couple of weeks. Yikes!

Mary said...


The roses are beautiful and so are your tablescapes. You always find something exquisite to post about. I enjoyed my visit, as always. Hope all is well with you.


Debra said...

BJ-I'm pretty sure I have part of that set. I have a tall tea pot, two tea cups and two saucers. It only says "Japan" on the bottoms of mine. They are fairly old-they were my grandma's. I'll take pictures of them tomorrow and put them on my blog. I bet you could find more by searching on Ebay.
Your table must be glorious for Thanksgiving. I can see that having a tea party at your house would be a very special thing.
Thanks for stopping in again!
Love, Debra

Ruthie said...

BJ, I love your roses - my favorite flower also. And the plate is beautiful and looks so good in the table setting.
I hope you don't live near where the hurricane struck.

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I adore those roses... I have been wanting to plant some this fall.... I am going to add Knockout to my list....thanks for the comment... I was having issues getting Tuesday's post to load....

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your roses are just beautiful BJ! I can smell them from here. Your plate is lovely. I see someone told you about They should be able to help!

imjacobsmom said...

Hey, that rose plate is just beautiful. I have a set of poppy dishes that don't contain any markings either. I would love to add to my set also. Your plate goes lovely with your freshly picked roses! I do wish we could smell them! Robyn

Grandma Faith said...

You are very welcome. I am proud you are tickled over the award. It's nice to have friends to share my cows with. I'll be back tomorrow. I'm anxious to visit the bloggers you give the award to. Take care.

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi BJ, Love your precious plate! The roses are just beautiful and they go so well with your darling place setting! Love the candlelight, too! :-) Susan

Nancy said...

Hi BJ, I love you tablescape! I can't wait to see what you come up with for Fall! Blessings, Nancy

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a beautiful roses china plate you have there, BJ! Who knows, you very often find things when & where you least expect to ~ I'll help keep my eye out for you, as I can see a pretty plate a mile off!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Suzy said...

Your roses are divine. Yes the season is changing. We had a very hot summer and I am looking forward to a nice fall, but then we have some really cold days now (50F) so I don't know I maybe skip fall and get to winter straight away.
Enjoy the last summer days. Love Suzy