Bunnies in the Garden & The Scent of Sweet Dianthus

Welcome to the 498th Tablescape Thursday!

The Bath’s Pink Dianthus are blooming in my garden now and they smell so wonderful!

Dining on a Screened Porch, Spring Table Settings


I thought about using them in today’s table but wasn’t sure how well they would work since they are more of a ground cover in the way they grow and sprawl.

Spring Bunny Table, Bath's Pink Dianthus, Hydrangea Napkin Rings, Syracuse Orchard

They ended up working great in the little bunny planters I wanted to use for today’s table. As I write this, they are still standing tall and beautiful. The wild, free look of the dianthus make the bunnies feel real, as if we’ve caught them running through the garden, Peter Rabbit style–only it’s a flower garden this time, instead of vegetables. 😉

The bunny planters were a find in Tuesday Morning several years ago…on sale for just $6 each. The green, mosaic-glass candle holder is from Kohls around 10 years ago.

Bath's Pink Dianthus for a Spring Table Setting


I’ve used the bunny planters before in a previous table…see that here: Spring Table with Daffodil/Moss Centerpiece.


Came across these beautiful Hydrangea napkin rings this year and it was love at first sight. I purchased them in two colors: the green and rose you see here and a beautiful blue. You’ll find them still available on sale here: Green Hydrangea Napkin Rings AND Blue Hydrangea Napkin Rings.

Floral Spring Tablescape with Bath's Pink Dianthus


It hard to see in the photos (wish I could have captured it better) but the green and white plaid napkins also have a wide tan/light brown stripe running alongside the green.

Hydrangea Napkin Ring with Green, White & Tan Plaid Napkins, Spring Table Setting


I just picked those up this year and they worked great with the bunny salad plates (also purchased this spring) and my vintage Syracuse Orchard china purchased online many years ago. You’ll find the napkins on sale here: Green, White, Tan Plaid Napkins. There are some awesome spring sales going on right now! The solid green napkins are available here: Green Napkins.

Spring Table with Bunny Salad Plate


Unfortunately, these adorable bunny plates are no longer available. You may remember when I blogged about them HERE when they were on clearance for a ridiculously awesome price.

Pasture Bunny Salad Plate with Syracuse Orchard Dinner Plate, Spring Table


I have always loved this Orchard pattern since I first came across it. The colors of the blossoms are so soft, love how they form a beautiful floral wreath as they encircle the plate.

Syracuse Orchard Dinnerware in a Spring Table Setting


Orchard was made by Syracuse China and on the back of the plates you’ll find the words, “Made in America.” So rare to see that on china these days. Wish we had more companies manufacturing beautiful china here. The pierced chargers were from Horchow online back in 2008, BB…Before Blogging. lol

Syracuse Orchard China, Made in America


Happy Spring to you!

Ideas for Spring Table, Floral Tablescape


Looking forward to all the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Cute bunnies! Both the planters and the plates are adorable, and I agree, the wreath of blossoms on the Orchard plates is lovely. And it’s always fun to have flowers from your yard – the dianthus blooms are just right with those bunnies.

  2. Thank you for the reminder that it’s actually spring! The table setting is so pretty! It looks so light & airy! We have had a couple of nice days here in Illinois, finally! However, it’s supposed to get pretty cold again in a couple days. You know it’s bad when the Cubs home opener is postponed because of too much snow! It looked more like football weather! I know we shouldn’t complain because before you know it we’ll be complaining that it’s too hot & humid! :0)

  3. What a cute tablescape. The bunny plates look great on the Syracuse Orchard china. I love the smell of dianthus. To me it smells like carnations- although I think each variety may be different. Thanks for hosting as always!

    • Thanks so much, Liz! I love the scent, too. I read one description once that described the smell as similar to cloves. I smelled them again today and they do have a bit of clove smell. It’s such a unique scent, but I do love it! Happy spring!

  4. Cyndi Raines says

    Such a sweet setting! Love the lacey cut out chargers. The sun is shinning and it is finally warming up a bit! YIPPEE! ⚘

  5. I love Dianthus! So sweet looking on your beautifully set table.

    • Thanks, Mary! I want to buy more, I used to have it all across the front of my home, in front of my Carissa Holly bushes…but the Oak tree dropped a gazillion acorns on it and ruined it. Now that the Oaks gone, I’m thinking I should plant it back again.

  6. Oh Susan, your table is lovely! Bunnies are not just for Easter and this is delightful! Thanks for the fun today!

  7. Oh your pink Dianthus is so perfect. What darling bunny plates. We had such fun this year for Easter pictures with real bunnies that my son has, so I am more in love with bunnies than ever! Thanks for hosting. I should go back and count how many TT I have participated in! I have missed a few along the way, but I sure have had fun being a part of your party!

  8. Love this tablescape! I like the fact that it’s a simple everyday tablescape that can be put together quickly with just of few items & no tablecloth. I love the use of Dianthus from your own garden. You don’t always need a big floral display.

    • Thanks, Jo! I do like setting a table setting on this table because the white top is such a good neutral for almost any tablescape.
      So true! My favorite floral centerpieces are those that are taken from the garden, even if it’s just pretty greenery. 🙂 Happy spring!

  9. I love the bunny planters, so cute! The Syracuse Orchard china is so pretty, I love the soft colors of the flowers. It can be mixed with a lot of different patterns. Very Springy table!

  10. How pretty! Everything about this table is special. In Indiana, my pink hyacinths are finally out. I love your dianthus in the bunny planters, and the combination of hydrangea napkin rings with plaid napkins.

  11. I’ll bright over. Looks great.

  12. *sigh* This may be my favorite tablescape! I love the bunnies…I love every bunny. But the bunnies with the dianthus….oh.my.heavens. Everything about this table just makes me happy!

    • Thanks so much, Susan! I should have taken a photo of each of the bunnies, they are all different…totally forgot to do that. Thanks for your lovely comment, so glad you enjoyed this table! XX

  13. Love at first site??? No, no — “sight” is what you meant — right?

  14. Such a pretty table, Susan. I really like the soft, muted tones of the greens and the pop of pink in the dianthus. The Syracuse Orchard is so nice and you’re right, sad that not enough are made in America still. Fiestaware, I’m happy to say, is still made right here in West Virginia. 🙂
    I think it’s finally spring here. Thank goodness! Thank you for hosting us.

    • That’s wonderful! I didn’t know that! That was the pattern my dil and son chose for their everyday dishware.
      Yay! Glad spring has arrived in West Virginia! 🙂

  15. Girl, overtime I read your blog it costs me money. I love napkin rings, but refuse to pay full price. So when I saw your link for the hydrangea ring, I followed it to Pier 1, and behold they are on sale. I have a large family and cannot order just 4. Got these, in blue, plus the sunflower rings that are on sale also. Looking forward to setting a table with these,(not together, of course). Happy Spring! (finally)

    • I know, I always try to catch them on sale, too. This is an especially good sale, too! You’ll love them, Mildred…I thought they were so pretty when I saw them. ♥

  16. This is such a delicate and intimate setting, to me. I like the daisy plates in the prior post too. Bunnies and pots are way too cute.

    • Thanks, Kathleen! It does feel that way, I think partly because the flowers came from the garden, as opposed to being store bought.
      Funny you mention the daisy plates…I have the Sculptured Daisy pattern out because it also goes well with these bunny plates. I wasn’t sure which I would use today, but went with the Orchard pattern for today. Happy spring!

  17. Lovely and elegant. Everything is so pretty.

  18. Those pink dianthus really complement the greens so perfectly. And I’ve seen them many times in gardens but must not have been close as I had no idea they had a scent. And noted the candlelight shot in the last photo, thanks!

    • Oh, they really do! Next time you see them, lean down and give them a smell. lol The scent is so different from most flowers, but I do like it. It’s quite strong. My breakfast room smells wonderful right now. 🙂

  19. The table is beautiful Susan and yes, I remember the bunnies from the past…you always use them in such charming and fun ways! Happy Spring!!

  20. Regality (aka The Quing) says

    Spring has definitely spranged on your table.

    Another topic, sorta: Have you ever thought about doing a pollen/allergy table? I see containers of pollen and tissue napkins. *L*

  21. donna a zoltanski says

    Your table is so inviting….I could just sit with you and listen to your fun ideas, while sipping a refreshing glass of sweet tea (of course), while enjoying this most beautiful table on your pretty porch! Gorgeous napkin rings….

  22. This is a lovely, lovely table. I’m wondering where I could grow some of the pink Dianthus. Is yours planted in a flower bed with other flowers? Pink is my favorite color and I love sweet-smelling flowers.

    • Mine is planted around my mailbox in a flower bed. I’ve also planted it all across the front of my home, in front of a long line of hollies. It spreads pretty quickly and is completely carefree to grow. Since it’s a perennial, it comes back every year. It’s beautiful when it’s in bloom, which lasts a pretty long time, but it’s also pretty when it’s not. Great ground cover. I think you would love it! Just google for Bath’s Pink Dianthus (it’s named after Jane Bath) and click on images and you’ll see lots of pretty photos.

  23. What a pretty table! Love the Dianthus! Here in PA it is GORGEOUS today after so much cold, and like you – I want everything done NOW. This is our first Spring/Summer with our new screened patio. I have to experiment with what will grow out there and how much sun we will get…but can’t wait to set the table and enjoy. Hope your good weather continues and you enjoy it!

    • Yay! It’s about time you guys saw some beautiful spring weather! 🙂 Oh, you’re going to so enjoy that screened patio, Ann! You’ll be wondering how you ever did without it before! 🙂

  24. Susan, this is such a pretty spring table! Love the pink flowers, so simple and sweet. Love the bunny plates.

    I also love the “Orchard” china. I fell in love with the china pattern the last time you tablescaped with it. I bought eight dinner and salad plates. I haven’t actually used these plates yet, but I love seeing them in my tablescaping cupboards LOL!! I must have 6 to 8 sets of dishes/fine china that I fell in love with, bought, but I’ve never actually used them in a tablescape yet. This drives my husband nuts. :0) When I retire next year I’ll have a lot more time for tablescaping.

    Thanks again for another lovely Tablescape Thursday.

    • Thanks, Elena! I love that pattern, too…so simple, yet the loveliest pattern. I’m glad you were able to find some. I know you’ll get around to using them all, especially once you’re retired! 🙂

  25. That was truly a breath of fresh spring air!!! franki

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