Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day



Hello Dear Friends,

Today is Canada Day.
I would like to share a teacup which is a symbol of British Columbia, Canada.  This Dogwood flower on the cup and saucer is the official flower of British Columbia.

As far as I know it is illegal to pick the Dogwood flower.

In British Columbia, the flower of the dogwood tree (Cornus Nuttalli) became the official floral emblem in 1956. The columbine had also been suggested.

The Pacific Dogwood (Cornus Nauttallii) was adopted in 1956 as British Columbia's floral emblem. The Pacific Dogwood is a tree that grows six to eight metres high and flowers in April and May. In the Autumn it is conspicuous for its cluster of bright red berries and brilliant foliage.

Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) The blossom of the dogwood was considered a symbol of British Columbia before it was officially adopted. During World War II, the sale of dogwood lapel pins earned money to purchase wool and other comforts for British Columbian soldiers. It was finally officially adopted as British Columbia’s official flower in 1956. It’s easy to see why the dogwood is so popular. The enormous white blossoms growing on twenty- to forty-foot trees are a spectacular sight. Other species of dogwoods have been adopted as official trees or flowers by Virginia, North Carolina, and Missouri. New Jersey chose a dogwood as its official “memorial tree.” Dogwood blossoms are depicted on British Columbia’s coat of arms and on a flag flown by franco-Columbians, or French-speaking residents.

This Elizabethan teacup has beautiful florals on the front and one single one on the back and added detail on the top inside to view when taking a sip.
 The saucer has a raised texture with the sets of the Dogwood flower in a circular pattern.
I thought that this Mikasa Arabesque Teapot's colours blended nicely with the Dogwood pattern.
 Only one rose is blooming from my yellow rose bush at the castle.
I was lucky to find this Dogwood Plate for 99 cents.

To celebrate I have set up a Canada Day Tea in the backyard.
The creamer is a Royal Albert "White Dogwood".
A party is also taking place at the park today.
Canada Day at the Park
Thank you visiting on Canada Day!
Have a Wonderful Week!
Sorry I missed posting  for  a few days.  Hubby is on holidays and we are spending some time outdoors. 
This week I will be following:
Teacup Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
 A Return to Loveliness
Tea On Tuesday
Bernideen’s ~
Tea In The Garden Tuesday
Wow us Wednesday
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Cottage Garden Party
Share Your Cup Thursday
Show and Tell Friday
A Favourite Thing
Pink Saturday 
Saturday Show Off



  1. Bellissimo il tuo Canada day!La tazza è delicatissima!Bacioni e buona giornata!Rosetta

  2. I hope you had a great day of celebration. Thank you for sharing for Pink Saturday.

    I love dogwoods, too. We are in North Carolina. You have some beautiful pieces.

  3. What a great Canada Day tea post! I love grows here too, I am close to the BC border. Your china is perfect! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. Hi Karen,
    Happy Canada Day. What a charming flower is the Dogwood. I love this tea cup. Its makes the whole setting very special. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pictures.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  5. Happy Canada Day Karen,
    Love your post. I have a dogwood tree outside my dining room window. It has the most gorgeous blooms! Your tea cup does well to show this beautiful flower off. I love the shape and style. Great find, the plate with dogwood! Yay!
    Have a great holiday.

  6. The dogwood is also the state flower for Virginia where I came from and I think illegal to pick there. It is lovely and I have actually seen this cup and saucer once while out antiquing! I am so pleased you shared at Tea In The Garden. I am going to try and get out tomorrow and do another photo shoot with my camera.

  7. Happy Canada Day Karen: I just love your Dogwood china. It is so lovely. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Martha

  8. A belated Happy Canada Day, Karen! I trust your holiday was wonderful. The Island had many festivities taking place too. Your Dogwood teacup is lovely and so is the matching creamer! I have been to BC to visit my son several times and I haven't seen a Dogwood in bloom yet but then we're always there in the wintertime. I would love to see one up close.
    Looks like a very festive tea in your back yard. Thanks so much for coming to tea and have a beautiful day.


  9. How lovely to see the dogwood on your cup and saucer! It is great to learn of the significance of the dogwood in Columbia. Your Canada umbrella and banner are a wonderful addition to your outdoor furniture. Have a great week and love the photos of Canada Day!

  10. I totally agree! I have been advised that
    lapel pins