With temperatures of 105, it's been too hot to be out in the garden. We water and sometimes we weed in the morning when the temperature is hovering around 90 and it is "cooler" but we enjoy the garden from inside during this heat wave.
But we still enjoy tea and from the breakfast room, you can enjoy the garden without getting overheated.
And we enjoy having a friend (or sometimes two or three) for tea. In the afternoon, ambitious friend Sally who is painting her house and tending her garden, stops and retreats to the cool inside. Sometimes she makes her way to Linderhof in the afternoon and I put the kettle on.
For we ended up having a "Sunflower Tea"!
Sunflowers on the table and sunflowers on the plate!
My favorite sugar cookie recipe rolled and cut out with a sunflower cookie cutter and frosted brown and yellow with Royal icing. They make lovely sunflowers!
And in the blue and white Spode pitcher, sunflowers from the garden -- not the "seeded" variety but rather a plant called false sunflowers. Unlike most perennials they bloom most of the summer and their blossoms are often cut and brought inside for the breakfast room table.
The sunflower cookies were actually made for a very special lady, Bernideen, of Bernideen's Tea Time Blog -- for she and I were able to hook up last Saturday in Kansas City (she coming home from visiting her family in Columbia, Missouri) and I up in the city for my brother's birthday.
So although there was no post, I truly had tea with Bernideen last Saturday -- but, alas, it wasn't tea in the garden and actually it wasn't even tea -- it was coffee in Hardee's just off I-70 -- but it was Saturday and I was with Bernideen!
It's always fun to meet a fellow blogger and I must admit that the time spent with Bernideen passed all too quickly and it was time for her to head across Kansas to her home in Colorado.
Some of the cookies were taken to help celebrate my other's birthday and a few were left at Linderhof -- for the nosh for an afternoon tea or two.
Sally and I enjoyed being inside in the cool sipping tea and munching on the cookies. Like last Saturday, the time passed all too quickly and we each had dinner preparations to begin and with a promise of "next time at my house" Sally bid adieu.
It's Saturday and once more I'm celebrating with Bernideen -- for Tea in the Garden on Saturday. Please stop by and see the other tea parties this Saturday!