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 3, 2011

A Lavender Cream Tea

Not far from us is Snowshill Lavender - a working lavender farm in the Cotswolds -- and off the beaten track. It's far from any town but it does have fields and fields of lavender.

Which are in bud and ready to bloom -- a week or more, I think and then the fields will look like this --

The fields in full bloom -- imagine purple as far as your eye can see -- how wonderful would that be!! But alas, we shall be gone by bloom time but we did get to hike through the fields at bud time and there was a slight heady lavender aroma. Can you imagine what the fields will smell like when they are in full bloom?

Some of the lavender just beginning to bloom!

They had a nice store of lavender products although they were pricey and . . . by the time we get home, Linderhof's lavender should be blooming as well and that harvest will be free!!!

And how I wanted to buy some lavender -- real English lavender -- plants to take home -- but alas, I couldn't so . . . I settled for . .

Some lavender scones and

A package of lavender tea -- Earl Grey lavender tea.

And when we came home, I put the kettle on and brewed a pot of tea and turned the scones into a cream tea for I had both cream and jam in the larder!

It was a beautiful sunny day and the garden seemed the perfect spot for a lavender cream tea.

Alas, there is no lavender in Blue Row's garden (if we lived here permanently, I would rectify that!)

So I used the only piece of Blue and White in the cottage and picked a bouquet to put on the tea tray and set a very simple table in the garden. We had, after all, been gone most of the day!

Lavender Earl Grey tea, lavender scones and real clotted cream and black currant jam.

A perfect cream tea -- and they were sooo good that I wish I had gotten two more -- one was not really enough!!!

I'm joining friend Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time for Saturday Tea in the Garden. Alas, it will be the last tea in Blue Row's garden for we're leaving on Saturday for 3 more days in Windsor before heading home.

My dream vacation is winding to a close . . . and I must admit that it will be sad to leave Blue Row -- I've felt at home here. But I am anxious to get back to Linderhof for I'm eager to do some things in the garden and house -- ideas that I've picked up over here. And besides, I have my treasures to unpack and put away!!!!


Wanda Lee said...
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Wanda Lee said...

Ooh my!..,I would so love to join you for a Lavender cream tea! It is so refreshing and yummy looking with that touch of charming elegance also!

Thanks for joining us for this week's TTTT an also for my 84th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'. ~ We always love having you join us.., Your British hotel tea post was delightful!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

Rosemary said...

Lovely lavender cream tea! It has been a delight to travel with you on such a dream vacation.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

so pleased you've had such a lovely day and lovely vaca...
my fave treat was a cream tea in York at the Treasurer's house where i first experienced lavender scones! Deeelish!
thank you for sharing with us :)

Bernideen said...

I have enjoyed this vacation along with you - it has been wonderful!

Donna Heber said...


I have enjoyed hearing about your wonderful dream vacation. Your lavender tea and scones look scrumptious.

Kathy said...

Oh, my goodness! Do I wish there were a lavender farm like that here!
Lavender Scones - my mind is racing - would absolutely love it! And the tea!
Thanks for sharing,

Anonymous said...

It has been a lovely month away. You are ready to be home for you have ideas.... and I working on the idea of a "rent" away for a long vacation one of these years..... Cia

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

It's been such a pleasure (and not over yet) to share some of these delightful days on your vacation in England..........In '98 we arrived at Norfolk Lavender near Sandringham just as the bees arrived, the very day. The sound was so happy making. I love lavender so much!

KathyB. said...

This is a sweet post that makes me wish anew for a trip to the English Cotswolds with my husband. Your teatime is exactly how I would have had it,( with at least 2 more scones). Earl Grey tea, scones with clotted cream ,in the garden...delightful!

Lavender will be in bloom around here soon, can't wait.

Pondside said...

What a lovely time you've had, Martha. I can understand your eagerness to get home, even though you've enjoyed your time so much. When I travel, I too bring home ideas as the best sorts of souvenirs!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Another of our favorite places, Snowshill, and the place my husband spent a lot of holidays. A favorite are. One of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds in our opinion. I know you have had such a super time!

Barbara said...

Yes it will look and smell amazing. At least there are some nice books on Lavender in the shop at the manor.
I still have a number of Lavender bushes from Snowshill in my garden all beginning to bloom. Earlier here as Snowshill farm is 1000 ft above sea level so later flowering.

Glad you are enjoying all my favourite places Martha.

Had the best Lavender sponge cake at Somerset House in London. On a recent post.

Entertaining Women said...

Such a magical adventure. I'm thrilled for your time at Blue Row. Cherry Kay

afternoon tea said...

I've never had lavender tea, how does it taste? I wish we could grow lavender here, but the winters are far too harsh.