Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tea on Thursday and my Garden Journal

Although it's turned cooler and we're getting much needed rain, last week we had summer temperatures. It was great for gardening and sipping tea by the pond in the tea house.
I've been working on creating my fairy gardens which have to be dismantled for winter and they take on a new look when being redone.
The dish fairy garden sits just outside the back door on the deck. It has to be rain proof and is kept close because these fairies and the tea set were expensive.
Under the apple tree isn't as elaborate this time for squirrels (or fairies) had a grand time moving things about and thieving shiny polished stones last year. The two tall aqua girls are from the Mary Cicely Barker flower fairy series.
Under the magnolia is a new garden using the teapot fairy house purchased at a garden seminar. While pruning dead branches from the oak leaf mountain ash an idea came to me so quite a few were stuck in the ground to create a magic forest. The forest is leafless as you can see but will hopefully  deter the squirrels from running through and knocking things over. So far, so good. 
The sweetest gal in the garden, viburnum 'Judii' begins with pink buds that fade to blush pink flowers and her fragrance can be smelled in a good deal of the back yard. I always look forward to her sweet scent each spring.
Back in the fall I ordered the Christmas blend of tea from Murchie's in Vancouver B.C.  It was superb in quality and taste so I tried another 3 flavoured teas recently and the Lavender black blend is very good. It tastes similar to an Earl Grey with only a subtle hint of lavender so I'm taking it on as my signature tea. :-) I'll show the other two over the next couple of weeks. I haven't been compensated for featuring Murchie's tea, I simply like it and highly recommend what I've tried so far.
When I brewed a pot of the lavender tea, I had leftover apple fritters from where we went for lunch that day and they were perfect for my afternoon tea by the pond in the tea house.
A view of the tea house in summer, a shady place to sip and chat with a friend.

31 comments:

  1. While your fairy gardens are beyond gorgeous, that Viburnam was my focus. I am hoping the deer will leave mine alone this year...:)JP

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  2. What a perfect spot for a cup of tea! I could imagine sitting there on long summer evenings.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  3. Your own signature tea. How nice.

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  4. Oh my, your fairy garden is pure delight! What a Tea House, I could sit and sip a cup of tea and chat all day long!

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  5. Lovely gardens. I never considered that the squirrels would snitch items from a fairy garden!

    Your Tea House is wonderful! What a great idea!

    Deanna

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  6. All so lovely ! I do like your summer tea house very cozy ! This long weekend is my tradition weekend to go to my fave garden center and get my flowers , this year I am aiming for lots of flowering perennials that will bloom from spring through summer and fall ! I am looking forward to that I have my list and off I go lol ! Thanks for sharing , lovely photos ! Have a good day !

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  7. Good Morning, Judith. I love the cute fairy gardens. The Tea House looks wonderful to enjoy your tea. The new Lavender tea sounds delicious too. Pretty blooms. Enjoy your day!

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  8. I am glad that you showed us the viburnum because I am wondering what I can replace the dead shurbs that died in front of the house. I am always drawn to pinkish flowers. You have a such a lovely place for tea in the little gazebo near the pond. Very relaxing, I suppose. Finally, the fairy garden has such charm. I put mine away, too, and have not put it out yet because the weathr has been so crummy. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  9. Your fairy gardens are elaborate and stunningly beautiful! My favorites are the one on the deck and the third one you showed. I enjoyed hearing about your tea, and seeing how nicely you've set up the tea house! It's a wonderful place to relax, Judith. You have created your own little personal paradise. :)
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  10. A perfect garden, a perfect garden spot for tea and a perfect tea with mmmm fritters!

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  11. I love all of your fairy fairy gardens, Judith, especially the protected one in the dish. The lavender tea sounds wonderful and perfect for your signature blend. I love your outdoor tea room...so perfect for sipping a cup of tea and enjoying a treat by your pond.

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  12. Judith, your fairy gardens are adorable. I especially love the one just outside your door on the deck. Lavender tea sounds wonderful and of course it would become a favourite with you. The tea house is a perfect spot to enjoy your tea this time of year. Hope you have a lovely long weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. I am mesmerized. Your fairy gardens are magical. The tea house is so charming. I think this is my favorite post I have send in Blog land. Have a nice weekend.

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  14. Everything lovely: the fairy gardens, the viburnum, the lavender tea, the apple fritters, and the tea house! :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  15. How lovely to sit In the shade of the tea house sipping tea having a great conversation with a friend. It looks like you are.enjoying beautiful weather!

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  16. SO beautiful, Judith! Love the tiny Fairy Garden!!

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  17. Oh Judith....Darling fairy garden. Just darling. Your tea setting is beautiful. No mosquitoes there? Susan

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  18. I love your adorable little fairy garden areas, Judith. And I especially love your outdoor tea room - how I wish I was there with you sipping away our cares and woes. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs.

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  19. Oh I love this post ! Fairy gardens and tea in the garden are passions of mine. I was in the garden yesterday weeding and thinking about a Thursday Tea in the Garden post , but time got away from me again. It is so peaceful to take a break from weeding to simply sit in the gardens I work so hard in and watch the birds, my ducks & geese, and just think. Looks like I'd see fairies flitting about if I were to share tea with you in your lovely garden !

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  20. It sounds like a perfect signature tea for you! Your tea house looks so nice, what a wonderful place to sit and relax and enjoy your gardens. I love your fairy gardens…how clever to make the forest. I can just imagine the wonder in a child's eye when gazing upon these little gardens. By the way, for some reason blogger has picked on your blog and I don't see it in my reader until a few days after your post. For instance today, your Monday post finally showed up (though I always know to look for that).

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  21. Hi Judith - I must go: LOLOL!! Thank you for being so eagle-eyed on my Post today (May 16th). I didn't even notice I had turned the letters around in my name. Thank you for bringing it to my attention! :)

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  22. If I were a fairy, I would adore living in the teapot house surrounded by a purple fence! And I totally covet your tea house!

    The lavender tea definitely sounds like the perfect tea for you! Haven't tried any of Murchie's teas yet but I'd like to one day!

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  23. The summer house looks like a wonderful place for afternoon tea in the summer...even when it is raining. The apple fritters made me hungry so I'm off to the kitchen to forage.

    Judith

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  24. The lavender tea sounds heavenly, Judith...and perfect for your signature tea!
    A tea house next to a pond...I can only imagine..sigh.
    I love your fairy gardens! Sweet as can be.
    You have paradise right out your back door!!
    Debbie
    xo

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  25. Love seeing more of your garden, fairy gardens, and the tea house.
    How special to find a signature tea too.

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  26. Judith, your garden is so lovely, and I love your tea house! It's been many years since I visited Murchie's in Victoria BC. It was such a charming shop.

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  27. The tea house spot is idyllic...

    Love the little fairy gardens. I did one for a few years for the grands....this year I put flower seeds in ( it's a big wooden barrel on the porch ) but I do need to go find the little characters for the kids soon.

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  28. I do hope that I am not leaving multiple comments Judith - have had a lot of difficulty leaving comments today.
    Your tea house looks like a very peaceful place to sit on a summer afternoon.
    Murchie's tea is a favourite of mine. My office is just a few doors from Murchie's and I regularly run over for the day's feature tea for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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  29. oh Judith I love your fairy gardens....our little ten yr old grand believes in fairies with all her heart...her and her sister were visiting 6 weeks ago and they planted their own fairy garden. She will be back in a few weeks so hoping we can do some crafting and get some fairy stuff to make it more elaborate.
    I love your tea gazebo how special

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  30. How lovely to have a signsture tea. Mine would be Lipton I guess. =D

    The fairy garden where the fairy is flying through is darling. What spark for the imagination!

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