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.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Two Gardeners Have Tea

Mary is a gardener, too.   A real gardener -- a professional gardener.     Because she sells what she grows.    She's a fixture at our Farmer's Market and besides her wonderful produce, she always has great baked goods for sale and craft items as well.     Mary is one very busy lady.

Our Farmer's Market doesn't start until Saturday . . . but today Mary called and said she had something for me and she would bring it by.

She did!

And what do two gardeners do when they're not in the garden?    They have tea!

It was an impromptu tea, fixed after Mary's call for when she said she'd be by, I put the kettle on, put a cloth on the tray, picked up the box of "biscuits" I just bought and headed for the porch.

The "biscuits" are English and I picked them up last week in the city.    Picadilly biscuits.    From Fortnam and Mason!

A selection of three kinds.    Real English biscuits.     Perfect with the pot of P G Tipps tea that I brewed.

We sipped and munched -- but not for long for Mary is a busy lady and she had other things to do.

And what she had for me?

Fresh spinach and green onions!     She told me she had picked too much and thought that I could use it.   Indeed, I can.   A spinach quiche for dinner tomorrow night.     The green onions will be good eaten with a slice of good bread slathered in butter for lunch with the last of the lemon chicken orzo soup.

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life
for Tabletop Tuesday.


Pondside said...

What a treat! - company for tea and a chat, and a lovely box of freshness for you.

Rowan said...

What a lovely gift - the spinach and green onions both look so fresh and scrumptious.

KathyB. said...

Oh, the cookies AND the fresh produce look so tasty! Tea with drop in company is a treat. Good ting you did buy that tin of biscuits.~

Taste the Rainbow said...

Oh wow Martha, your gift looks so amazingly fresh.

What a great treat, tea, cookies, good company and gifts from the Earth ~

Taste the Rainbow said...

Oh wow Martha, your gift looks so amazingly fresh.

What a great treat, tea, cookies, good company and gifts from the Earth ~

Deb said...

I love imprompt tea-time and that biscuit box is the prettiest I have ever seen. Enjoy the produce.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Friends are the best and what a sweet friend you have! Your tea looks so inviting and I do love that tea. Happy May day to you!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a lovely tea time interlude! And the spinach and green onions? Wow -- gorgeously fresh.

How do you eat onions with buttered bread? Do you put the onions ON the bread? Do you bite the onions like celery? this is new to me.

I need clarification!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a treat, Martha! The fresh spinach and green onions look so pretty in the basket! Your biscuits look tempting and would be delightful with a nice cup of tea. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea today. Happy May!


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I enjoyed this post. Good friends do share plants and tea. Impromptu teas are fun.

Bernideen said...

What a lovely post!

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, I love that you eat onions on bread and butter! Me...bring on the fresh chive with a touch of dill on my bread and butter, dear friend! Isn't it grand to have a friend drop by on a moments notice??? I, too, enjoy those precious moments here on my side of the Prairie!!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It's good to have friends who garden. ;-)

podso said...

Love it when a friend stops by and we turn on the tea kettle! And the fresh produce is beautiful!

Bernideen said...

Martha - I hope you can link this to Tea in the Garden as it is perfect!

Michelle said...

Hi Martha,
Catching up on your blog this evening as we are busy getting ready for a house full of company this weekend. Lovely post and boy did I have a big grin on my face when I saw the aqua colored tin...I bought the exact same one on the Plaza on Monday! And this afternoon I served the biscuits with coffee on my blue and white!!! You are right about the two of us having to start on separate floors at an estate sale...we truly would go for the exact same things!!! =)