Welcome friends to tea this week which we're having under the shade of the oak leaf mountain ash by the pond. I joining my hosts Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, Trisha at Sweetology for Tea Party Tuesday, Bernideen's Tea Time for Tea in the Garden on Saturday and Kathy at A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness.
The oak leaf mountain ash is a good selection for a small yard as it stays compact in a columnar form and has berries in the fall that the birds like.
I've brought out the teacup 'Elizabethan' by Staffordshire to use and have a new tea brewing. It's called 'The Earl's Garden' . The package says ' When he wasn't in the China discovering secret tea recipes, Britain's second Earl Grey lived at Howick Hall in England, just like his ancestors had done since 1319. And also like his ancestors, he was a keen gardener and outdoorsman. This tea would no doubt have suited him, with the characteristic black tea and bergamot highlighted by strawberries, raspberries and the essence of black currant. ' Sounds delicious, doesn't it?
Teapot sugar cookies on a lacy plate to temp you.
There's also a bowl of cherries.
In the March/April 2011 issue of Victoria magazine, the virtues of liquid gold - meaning honey are explored. I've found an additional source though in agave nectar, from the agave plant.
I'd heard about using agave as a sweetener and finally got to try it at a new tea store called David's Tea.
The blue and yellow hydrangea napkin looks nice with the butter yellow tablecloth I'm using and there are some lemon wedges in a dish behind the teacup to add to your tea.
Thank you for joining me in the garden for tea on this beautiful sunny day. I hope you'll visit our hosts for tea with them too.