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, August 12, 2014

Egad! A Pof of Tea In the Garden in AUGUST!

We do take tea in the garden in the summer
But the tea is usually served from a pitcher
into an icy glass.

But this summer has been mild
Not a typical prairie summer

This afternoon, I took a small pot of tea
on a wicker tray
to the garden

Not a big teapot . . 
But my little Burleigh Asiatic Pheasant one
In blue, of course
And even though it is just me,
I often take another cup and saucer
You never know when a neighbor will "yoo-hoo" over the garden fence
And I like to be hospitable.

The nosh

Ina Garten's shortbread recipe.
I made them for Saturday company as coconut jam thumbprints.
Today I rolled them out, cut them, glazed them and sprinkled dried lavender on the top
Garden teas should have herbal cookies!

One of our iron tables, the terra cotta pot of white geraniums
(Alas, not in bloom)
And begging dogs at my feet.

A cup (or two of tea)
And a cookie or two.

I adore quiet times in the garden
And I put my blinders on as to what needs to be done.
And just enjoy the garden for what it is!

It's Wednesday and I'm sharing my garden tea with Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


GranthamLynn said...

Beautiful outdoor post. I loved it. The cookies look yummy! Thanks for sharing this sweet treat. I joined for the first time today!
Nice to meet you!

RachelD said...

Lavender cookies in a garden. What a complete, perfect rounding of the experience, smooth and curved as an apple on a palm.

My first thought was fennel, and I could just taste that first crisp bite, with the sweetness of the frosting and the crunch of a seed between my eyeteeth, with the ping of licorice to finish the bite.

And lavender is even better, with a sense of sitting on a Mediterranean hillside overlooking the sea.

What a lovely moment you've shared---I've enjoyed it so much, even from this far remove.


PS It's been in the sixties all this week, and we're gobbling up these perfect days in great greedy gulps out in the green and the sunshine.

Sarah said...

I'd be one to "yoo-hoo" over the fence and pop over to join you. The setting is lovely, and the lavender enhanced cookies are just the thing for a garden tea.
Enjoy your tea time.

Pondside said...

Lucky neighbour to be able to peak over the fence at Linderhof! Your tea time looks heavenly - up here, tea always means 'hot'.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your garden is beautiful and the perfect place for tea!

Michelle said...

That is the prettiest little tray...I want to come "you-hoo!"