Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Tea Buzz

Welcome friends for tea this week.  In the north, we're all anxious for early spring, the time when pollinators will once again be buzzing about in our gardens.
Daffodils are a popular source of nectar from spring bulbs and bees are a favourite pollinator of mine to photograph.  
Old Royal 'Wetley Rose' teacup.
I use local unpasteurized pure honey in my tea.
A piece of rhubarb cake to have with the tea, there's only a package or two of rhubarb left in the freezer from the summer bounty.
Spring blossoms of our oak leaf mountain ash is covered in bees and insects each spring. 
The first day of spring is one thing and the first  spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes a great as a month.
~Henry Van Dyke~
I'm linking with:
Please join my hosts and their guests for tea.


  1. What's the BUZZ all about here? This is very cute - love your super bee too!

  2. Now that is the best spring quote I've ever read and true! Hope that we don't have to wait for a month!

    I just told Pam G. That I was off to have a cup of I really am just thinking about honey makes me want some now.

  3. Blooms and bees -- Oh, yes! Spring! Rhubarb cake -- yum! Lovely Old Royal Wetley Rose teacup.

  4. Well even though official Spring is only days away, we still are not there.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. Nice Spring thoughts as I enjoyed your pix & words...we're getting another one tonight! HO! HO! HO!...:)JP

  6. Oh my, I love your pretty teacup, Judith, and some tea to go along with your wonderful cake....I'll be right over (I wish!).

  7. Such a neat post! I just started getting bee pics last year - finally have a good enough camera to really get in close - with camera not ME, as I am a bit more than afear'd of 'em!

    Happy spring dreams, Judith - have a lovely week.

  8. Love your bee pictures, Judith! Your teacup is lovely and I would love a piece of your rhubarb cake; yum! Thank you for coming to tea and Happy Spring, my friend!


  9. Hi Judith!
    I love that giant bee on your pretty teacup and your rhubarb cake looks delicious. Have a wonderful week.

  10. Oh that bee is my fav! The teacups are gorgeous and that rhubarb cake is making me swoon!! It's so hard to find rhubarb lately around here, wish I went for a piece. I also love the apple and rhubarb pie, hope it comes to the super- market soon. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit. Hugs,

  11. That quote is so true for us isn't it? Beautiful photos of the flowers and bees. The black teacup is really pretty and quite different. There are so many beautiful teacups out there aren't there? Happy Spring to you!

  12. How nice Judith. Bees are so important, aren't they? Lovely teacup and beautiful photos! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  13. Your Wetley Rose teacup is lovely! And honey with tea, and rhubarb cake sounds yummy! There's still a lot of snow on the ground here so I won't be seeing any bees for awhile.
    Have a great week!

  14. That's a great quote Judith! Love your tea. That cake looks delicious. I'm looking forward to honey bees too!

  15. Hi Judith,

    What a great quote! And so true. This year our spring seems just a little early but last year was very late. So, maybe it's evening out now.

    I hope you have a great week and more of your flowers for the little bees make their appearance.


  16. Lovely tea cup and I like honey in my tea as well -- and the rhubarb . . . ah, soon it will be on the prairie!

  17. Love, LOVE the black tea cup! Oh boy, I can just see the comments my family would make if I started drinking from a black cup. You see, my wardrobe is mostly basic black with some gray in it and certain people are always pushing colour at a very gentle, loving way of course. LOl. Honey is tea is so soothing, isn't it? My grandmother would always make me honey and lemon tea before bed time. :)

  18. I've never seen a black tea cup...and this one is beautiful!!
    I love painting big bumble bees on the floor in my booth. I don't know why...They are just so cute...I guess.
    I look forward to hearing them buzzing around in the Hollyhocks this year.

  19. Beautiful picture of the bee! not sure i could get that close though.. your tea cups are lovely as always!! have a blessed day!

  20. Dear Judith,
    I too, love your teacup!!! Something outstanding about a black cup...Really pretty.

  21. Hi Judith,
    thats the perfect tea time for a buzzy gardener. I love the pictures of the bees, covered with pollens. They are really drunken from flowery scent and sweet nectar. And your tea with honey sounds tempting. Thank you for sharing this cute tea time and for your visit and the kind comment. Your photos from Canada Blooms look soooo pretty, too.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  22. Judith what a stunning tea cup...I just love it.

  23. Ooooh, a black tea cup! Yay! We rarely see them. I have one myself that I just love. Yours is very pretty. I haven't heard of that company before.
    Your flower and bee images are great. How did you ever get that close!
    Hugs and Happy Spring,

  24. Hi Judith,
    Your black & rose teacup is beautiful. I haven't seen one like this before. I love honey in my tea as well. Beautiful photo's! Love the rubarb cake...looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  25. What an amazing teacup! Never seen one like it! I collect honey pots and yours is really cute!

  26. Your teacup is beautiful, Judith! Loved seeing the pollinators on the daffodil and the mountain ash too. Your cake sounds delicious!
    Hugs, Beth

  27. Yum, rhubarb cake! I've been thinking about putting some rhubarb into my new garden this year. Well, now I'm off for a cup of nice steamy tea! :D
    Beth P

  28. Bees in my garden make me happy! They do come happily in droves when the blossoms are out - love locally grown honey too! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,


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