Monday, July 11, 2011

A Lavender Tea

The lavender at our cottage is in full bloom and so fragrant to brush up against along the path it borders.
A versatile herb that makes an aromatic potpourri, adds flavour to cooking and baking, can be inhaled to help calm a headache and rubbed on the skin to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Welcome friends for tea.  Although there are a few ladies in Blogland that host tea parties, because I don't have the time to be polite and visit all their guests, I only participate in Sandi's Tea Time Tuesday each week at Rose Chintz Cottage and Bernideen's Tea in the Garden on Saturday.  Of course with my love of Victoria magazine, I try to remember to include Kathy at A Delightsome Life for her A Return to Loveliness party each week.  I hope you will visit the blogs of these lovely ladies I'm linking with.
Tea with Sandi this week is a special one as she asked to feature me, what an honour!
Our afternoon tea is set up in the tea house in the backyard and the dappled shade is casting intriguing shadows over the table.
Lavender tea is brewing in the teapot I found all the way out west in Alaska at a garden store while on our cruise last year.
I have yet to find a teacup with lavender on it so I've brought out this pretty Adderley one with the pink roses inside.  The table cloth is the palest lavender damask and the napkin is one from a set that was a vintage find at a local antique store.
A few fresh lavender stems in one of my vases and an adorable fairy left in the garden one time by a friend for me to find.
A lavender tea light, also a gift from a friend.
This miniature crystal wheelbarrow was on a garage sale table calling to me.  It has purple decorating sand in it.
I like making these sugar cookie butterflies, they're a perfect sweet to have with our tea.
I just found this sweet little Beatrix Potter bunny with our surname initial at the Royal Doulton store and thought she should join us too.
The weather's not too hot and it's cozy under the roof of the tea house where you can see a big pot of pink geraniums and an ornamental grass sun lit behind the table.  
I enjoy serving tea to friends and I'm so happy to have found new ones with the same interest that share  tea on their blog each week.


  1. Everything looks lovely. The Lavender just sets everything off to perfection.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. You're lovely in lavender, today, Miss Judith! Congrats on being Sandi's feature! I'm tending my new lavender plants. I think the one I have inside I need to put outside. I understand they like it dry and hot. Hot we got - dry only when the drenching thunderstorms pass us over in the evenings. We've had some doosies of late! Don't know how they shall fare, but I so want to harvest my own lavender sprigs this year.
    Miss Kathy

  3. Hi Judith,
    I'm visiting from Sandi's blog over at Rose Chintz Cottage. She spoke really wonderfully of I had to visit :) :) Your lavendar tea is just gorgeous ;) :) How fun to find some of your items at antique stores, too :) :) those are precious.

    Your lavendar plants are just beuatiful. They are such a vibrant shade of purple, too!!! Have a great day. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  4. I am so jealous. I love lavender and mine is not blooming yet. Love the faery and all the other things.

  5. I believe I can smell the lavender - or maybe it's the plants outside the front door!
    What a lovely tea party. I love all the sweet touches and wish I could sit outside in the dappled shade and enjoy a cup of tea with you.
    I love lavender, and sprinkle lavender water on my pillow cases every night - it dried very quickly and leaves behind a perfume to help me drift off.

  6. Oh...lavender sweet lavender. Nothing more fragrant or more intoxicating. LOVE IT!



  7. Hello Judith,
    what a wonderful lavender post you share today. I love lavender but mine is only small. Thank your for this wonderful tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  8. Hello Judith,
    My dear friend, your tea today is simply delightful, from the lovely lavender to the BP bunny which is adorable! Love your teapot and the sweet teacup. Your cookies look delish and displayed so prettily upon the lacey-edged plate and lavender tied with ribbon. And the little fairy is darling! Charming post! Thank you for allowing me to feature you today. It's been a real pleasure.


  9. I love your lavender tea and am jealous you can have tea outdoors (way too hot here). So happy to see you featured at Sandi's this week. Happy Tea Day!

  10. ahhh, I think I can smell your beautiful lavender...Your tea is perfect..beautiful table.
    xo bj

  11. Just saw you a Sandi's. How nice! I just posted about our local lavender festival this week so loved your post!

  12. Beautiful setting you are sharing with us! I'm swooning our your lavender ... I'm hoping to add a lavender garden next summer ... wishing you a fabulous week! xo HHL

  13. Your lavenders are gorgeous, Judith. I can imagine the fragrance. I love lavenders but they dry up everytime I plant some...Christine

  14. Judith,

    Beautiful in lavender! I enjoyed having tea with you this week.

  15. I love the lavender tea pot - very pretty. I had lavender cake the week before last - delicious!

  16. Hello, Judith. Your lavender tea post is wonderful. Each item was so thoughtfully chosen. As someone who also loves lavender, I appreciate the lovely scene that you have set. The cookies, by the way, are incredible! Congratulations on being features at Rose Chintz Cottage.

  17. Absolutely beautiful! I just love walking by my Lavender touching the flowers and the stems to release their beautiful fragrance! Sheer delight! Your teacup is amazing! I have been thinking about my lavender and the proper time to harvest - do you know?
    I do so appreciate you sharing your post with A Return to Loveliness,
    always a treat,

  18. Hi Judith,
    I so enjoyed Sandi's feature of you today. Your lavender is lovely. I admire your garden of lavender as I am trying to grow it too, but here in very hot Texas, it is a challenge.
    Your teacup is beautiful and the lavender designed tea pot is darling. I hope you do find a lavender tea cup in your journey.
    My goodness your cookies are a work of art and I bet are very yummy too.

    Thank you for the calming tea and the beautiful lavender path.
    Happy Tea Time Tuesday.
    Celestina Marie XO

  19. I was having trouble with blogger and commenting yesterday. So fun to see the feature on your great blog at Sandi's. Your blog is so lovely and offers such great beauty. This tea is just delightful in so many ways. I love lavender and whenever you have a new post roll up in my blogroll I am excited to read it!! Best to you and have a great day.

  20. Judith, I would love to join you for tea in your tea house! Your lavender is beautiful. I hope I can get a good stand of it going...I'll keep trying, now that I have your growing tips. I love the Adderly tea cup. It is so beautiful and I remember and love the teapot you got in Alaska too. This is a really lovely post, Judith. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Beth

  21. Lovely...Lovely blog. Although, I do not have many things Tea Time in my repertoire, I do enjoy those that do. Lavender is a favorite of mine.

  22. I am going to try rubbing the lavender on my skin. The mosquitoes seem to be terrible out in the garden this year. Hope you have a wonderful weekend at the convention. Take some pictures. V

  23. Hello Judith!

    What a delightful tea! I also grow lavender so that I can have its blossoms to use in tea and also for baking and to freshen my linen closet. Your teapot is very pretty!

  24. You have a very lovely blog...I really like the butterflies! And since purple is my favorite color, I feel right at home here:)

    I too love to garden, and it just so happens that I brought home a small pot of lavender today to add to my garden. I didn't plan to buy any plants but the fragrance jumped out at me and I couldn't resist. I hope it will look as lovely as yours when it is established.

    Your tea table is pretty!

  25. Hello,Judith!
    What a lovely post!
    I am sure that your air must be fill of the fragrance of lavenders!!
    I like your sugar cookie butterflies, and each item is catching my eyes. They are so lovely!!
    Have a great week!

  26. Hi Judith,
    Sandi picked the perfect blog to feature! Your post is so beautiful and vibrant - I love it!

  27. Hi Judith,
    Your garden looks so lovely and I can just imagine how wonderful it smells with the lavender in bloom. I've planted a few in our garden this spring but so far no blooms. I have a feeling our rusty water has set all the new plants back. Hopefully now that I'm watering at the base everything will start looking better. I love your tea cup and your beautiful embroidered napkins too. What a wonderful place to have tea! Thanks for stopping by today...have a wonderful Thursday.
    Maura :)

  28. Judith: I am so delighted you linked up with this beautiful post. I can smell your lavender from here and that teapot is to perfect to believe!

  29. Oh my, how I would love to join you for tea in that sweet smelling garden! I'm crazy for lavender... what type is the hedge, looks like Grosso or Provence?


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