Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lavender and Tea in the Garden


Tea time in the garden is a May affair -- usually in June it's too hot in the afternoon to have tea in the garden -- even though most of the garden tables are shaded.

But we've had rare late June weather -- cool weather! A perfect afternoon to have tea in the garden.

Friend Sally joined me for we had a purpose to get together. We don't need, however, a purpose for tea!!!

And all of the tea fixings. . . .


Easily fit into a basket. Much handier and easier to carry than trying to balance a tray down the back stairs!

Everything, tea cloth and napkins, tea pot, tea cups and saucers and spoons as well as the tea treat -- lemon poppyseed muffins, easily fit into the basket. And out to the garden I go!!!


The table under the pergola is the perfect place for tea. It's shady and you have a nice view of the herb garden!

The basket is perfect to serve the muffins from while everything else goes on the table . . . My Burleighware Asiatic Pheasant is my tea cup of choice for I have a wee teapot that matches which is just perfect for a cup and a half of tea each. I love anything blue and white and this Asiatic Pheasant is such a subtle hue of blue. And the blue and white looks as pretty in the garden as it does inside Linderhof!

And the purpose -- not just tea . . .

For we made lavender wands or bottles. Linderhof's lavender is at it's peak and I love the bottles to put in amongst the linens for I love lavender scented sheets and pillowcases. So as we sipped and munched and wove, we spied the catbird that's come back for the summer . . . eyeing the crumbs we were dropping and noticed the butterfly that was flitting from one lavender bloom to another.

It was a pleasant afternoon in the garden as we visited and wove and had our tea. And the tea -- not my normal afternoon tea but rather a lavender Earl Grey -- a perfect tea for a lavender weaving party!

It's Saturday which means that it's time to join Bernideen for Tea in the Garden on Saturday. It's the first weekend of summer -- what better way to spend it than in the garden with a cup (or glass) of tea!

17 comments:

Bernideen said...

What a creative post here - I need a lesson in those lavender pieces - they are lovely and I love the basket idea - I THINK YOU JUST INSPIRED ME!
This is lovely!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, your pergola and gardens are looking marvelous...and what a beautiful place to take tea! Your tea table really is gorgeous! I love the sweet little teapot and matching teacups...sooo dainty and pretty! Ohhh...I think I just caught a wiff of lavender...just looking at your pretty photos, dear lady! I would love to know how you "weave" the lavender! I guess I have never thought about doing that but it really looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing your lovely afternoon tea with us!

We too, have been having cooler weather in Colorado. I have sooo enjoyed the cool evenings too!

Have a wonderful weekend, Martha!
Chari

Pondside said...

I've often admired the lavender wands in the stores and wondered how they're made.........off I go to find an online tutorial!

afternoon tea said...

Your pergola is lovely and such a wonderful place to sit and visit. I've never heard of lavender wands. I love your posts.
AT

JudyBug said...

I just love the smell of lavender but I haven't convinced Mr. Dumpling he loves it yet! ;-) Love all your pics! Thanks for your sweet visit!

Mildred said...

A beautiful and inspirational post Martha. I know the herb garden smells wonderful!

Lavender Cottage said...

Oh, I enjoyed this lovely lavender tea post. My wands are very plain compared to yours, a tutorial would be much appreciated as my lavender is just coming into bloom now.
I've used a basket in the past to take the tea things outside but I'd forgotten about it, thanks for the reminder.
Judith

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How pretty and I love lemon poppyseed muffins. My favorite.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Fabulous!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Your garden look's amazing! Great pic's also. Thanks for sharing.....Julian

Mary Ellen said...

What a beautiful area to stop the world for a few and have tea!! Just lovely!

Johanna said...

Hello Martha,
you have such an outstanding place under the pergola. Would love to sit there and to sip a nice tea. Thank you for the reminder of making lavender sachets from the lavender flowers. That is a very nice idea.
Best greetings, Johanna

Rosemary said...

Beautiful post! Loved the photographs.... and am dreaming that I am enjoying tea in the garden with you.
Nancy

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

the weather has been wonderful this week. What a great idea to have tea out in the yard with sun and breeze on your face!

Mary said...

Your teas are always memorable, but tea in a garden with wonderful floral scents wafting around would really be a treat. Nicely done, dear friend. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

A Rosy Note said...

What a beautiful spot you have underneath that pergola. What a wonderful day...tea and time with a friend :)

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
Lovely place to have tea...your garden looks lovely, dear. Our lavendar is in full bloom and needs to be harvested...but I'm not wanting to brave the 102 degree temperatures! I adore lemon poppyseed cake...the muffins must be heavenly!
Fondly,
Pat