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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tea In the Garden


Today there was nothing on the calendar -- which means that I can spend time in the garden.   Not a quick morning weed but a more thorough weeding and perhaps attending to some neglected chore (like pruning the roses).

And . . . besides being outside in the garden, I was also inside in the kitchen for I made an eggy sponge cake.

No matter how much time one spends in the garden, there is always time for tea . . . and at half past three . . .


I took my tea tray to the garden.    At the "table for two" that husband Jim and I use most often.    It overlooks the pond and has roses overhead.


Blue and white for tea, of course.    Fresh picked strawberries from Bobbi's strawberry patch with a pitcher of sour cream and a bowl of brown sugar . . . first you dip in the cream . . . then you dip in the sugar . . . then you pop in your mouth!    Wonderful!

And a slice of the eggy sponge cake that I had made that morning.    It's a perfect tea cake!


Strawberries with stems -- echo the strawberries on the tray cloth.    The cloth a gift from Bernideen when I had my first knee surgery.    I treasure it!


It was a peaceful tea and once refreshed, I went back to finish filling the trug with weeds.    I'd already piled the branches I pruned in the drive -- to be whisked away by Husband Jim.

It's Wednesday and I'm sharing my tea in the garden with Bernideen for her Tea in the Garden.   Spring is always the perfect time for a garden tea . . . and I'm anticipating many more afternoons in the garden.
Visit Bernideen and see other garden teas this Wednesday.

And I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!

I am celebrating my 4th Anniversary and having a give-away.   A box of Harney's Hot Cinnamon Tea which is a perfect addition to a pitcher of iced tea.      Comments from Saturday through Wednesday morning will be eligible to put in the pot for a drawing on Wednesday morning.

It's May 9th . . . and I've drawn for the Harney Brothers Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea . . . .


And the winner is . . . . . .


Kristen

Congratulations!!!    Email me your address and the tea will be on it's way!!!   


(To be served from a JB Indies pot, I suspect!)


19 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a great and lovely garden and the tea there it's just perfect, so relaxing and peaceful. I love your table for tea, you almost set them with such special charm, my friend.
Enjoy your tea times.
FABBY

Bookie said...

Martha,what a lovely tea time! Wasn't just about perfect in the Midwest today? Found the squirrels have already dumped one of my begonia rail boxes...must be spring!

Is caffeine no worry to you? Drinking tea at 3:30 or later leaves me awake all night! Oh, how I love my tea. Today for lunch on the deck, I took out a lemon black tea I iced. Yum. By evening it has to be a herbal here for both of us...for summer, I ice blueberry.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your tray filled with tea things is so pretty, Martha! The strawberries look wonderful and ripe and I have to try them with cream and brown sugar!

I love your new banner picture. Is this the front view of Linderhof?

XO,
Jane

Bernideen said...

What a beautiful post and I am sure the views from that table are heavenly- as well as the smells!

Martha said...

Blondie -- yes, it is the front of the house. The back is all garden with a fence around it -- I may have to see if I can get a picture of the backside!

Meredith said...

Beautiful! I love my JB Indies Blue tea set too!

Pondside said...

I can see that I am going to have to add tea and strawberries to my weeding routine!

Rowan said...

There's always plenty to do in a garden in the Spring so a break with a pretty tea tray containing a delicious slice of cake would be very welcome. It was finally dry enough to do some weeding here yesterday but not yet warm enough to sit out and have tea.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Beautiful spring tea in the garden! I'll have to try the sour cream and brown sugar with the strawberries. Have a nice day,
Nancy

podso said...

Don't you love a whole day at home? Your tea in the garden looks pretty and refreshing!

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
TODAY...here on the Prairie was a perfect Spring day!!! I'm looking forward to tea on the deck later this evening!
Fondly,
Pat

Rosella said...

Strawberries dipped into sour cream and sugar sounds heavenly! Your blog is wonderful and you have given me pause to stop and have some tea more regularly. What a wonderful routine to have!

A Haus to Call Home said...

What a pretty tray in such a lovely garden! Love your afternoon tea custom.

janice15 said...

Helo Martha, Loved your tea in the Garden, I love your table top...It's wonderful and I'm a huge fan of Blue & white...thank you so much for visiting me..I'm going to join your blog hope you can do the same...love strawberry cloth from Benideen as well...Have a wonderful day today...with love Janice

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

What a lovely place to have tea! Looks wonderful. You are inspiring me to set a pretty table outside.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very relaxing and charming place for tea. It's a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Cathy said...

Your tea tray is so pretty, Martha, and a little cake and strawberries in the afternoon are a perfect break. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
Everything looks so lovely. Tea in your garden is beautiful. I love your blue teapot and china. Those strawberries look delicious! Thanks for sharing.
Lisa

Debby S. said...

That tray cloth is wonderful! You gotta love tea!!!