The sun has just come out after a few days of heavy rain, the garden is illuminated with raindrops shimmering on all the young growth. Spring is here and the garden is about to burst with plants for the new season. The winter was very mild, I better not speak too soon we might still get a late winter snowfall, we have only had a dusting of snow so far. I might be in the minority here but I do miss winter, I barely had time to wear my fuzzy scarves!
Columbines, Monarda, Hyacinths and roses are all emerging
Hellebores love the cool winter weather
Bleeding Heart, Peonies and Sedum
I found two rhodos discarded when I was out for a walk, went back and got the car and brought them home, it will be fun to see what colour they are! No, I did not dig it up, the poor little things were lying there with their root balls exposed, not a pretty sight, someone had to save them!
Spring is one of my favorite things…raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…you get the picture!
Hello and thank you for visiting my blog about gardening and tea. There are many connections between the plants we grow in our gardens and the teas we enjoy, below is the link to my new book, Heather’s Tea Garden: Tea and Flowers, I hope you enjoy the book with your favourite tea!
It might be winter but the fun thing about being a garden photographer is I can bring the flowers back through photography! Check out all the updates for the different categories: Thyme for Tea talks about tea in Hawaii and blueberry rooibos from Saint John, US Virgin Islands. Along the Garden Path is about my garden in winter with photos of little crocus peaking through the snow. Botanical Interests is a look at all the “H” plants I have growing in the garden. I will continue to update all the categories on the blog-I like sharing my garden with you!
Wishing all my friends and family a Happy New Year! 2015 went by very fast, why is it as we get older the time seems to go faster? I decided 2016 is going to be the year to write as much as possible, I started a new blog on the site called Blogger, it will focus more on my writing and be the link to the iTunes store were my books will be sold. Speaking of books I am just getting the tax issue resolved, for anyone who wants to publish their work Apple iAuthor is amazing! Apple will set up the tax for any country so that takes the hassle off the writer. After Apple submits the tax forms we set up the banking, the book will be about $2.00 plus tax and is 45 pages. I decided to make it a series all relating to tea and plants. The first book is complete, the second one is about tea and spices, the 3rd book is about tea, bulbs and blooms.
My new book is Heather’s Tea Garden: Tea and Flowers, as soon as its uploaded I will post the link to the iTunes store.
Like I said time is flying by so don’t wait another day! Go for it and make your dreams a reality!
October 29th is my 50th birthday and I thought for a long time how I wanted to spend the time, not just the day, but the weeks even months leading up to “The Big 50”. I did a career change last summer so for the time being I am not officially employed other than teaching my tea courses one night a week so I have my days free for now, actually everyday is like being on vacation! So not trudging to work everyday has been a gift. (Temporary….yes I will be going back to work full-time soon.)
So I spent the time leading up to my birthday gardening, reading and walking around our area especially along the Vedder River. Also, during this time I took care of the cats next door while the neighbours had a fabulous vacation in Hawaii. I asked them to see if they could find some Hawaiian tea and did they ever deliver with 5 different types! So this got me thinking about my actual birthday and what to do….I decided on a Hawaii Themed Tea. Having days free meant I could hold the tea during the afternoon. My plan was in place until I got a cold, even now it is only suppressed with gel caps! Then my parents got called out-of-town for a family emergency so they could not attend. Being under the weather I scaled back how much company to have as I did not really feel up to a full house.
Keeping with the Hawaii theme, my cousin and I each wore a dress our Grandma Chapman wore on her many trips to the islands in the 1970’s. My cousin’s dress was stunning! Long and kind of fanned out in the back. Me, being chubbier, ( that’s putting it nicely), I did not fit into my dress! So I altered it into an apron, I changed the design very little by keeping the front details. All the other guests wore Hawaiian leis around their necks. We drank tea and reminisced about how funny it would be if our deceased relatives could see us in our get-ups! My aunt gave me a gorgeous Firestone bracelet that my father gave her when she turned 18, I will always cherish it’s meaning.
With the Hawaii teas I had a tiered plate of treats, some little finger foods, fruit, cheese and a bouquet of flowers from the garden completed the table. It was a fun afternoon reminiscing and drinking tea…a perfect way to say hello 50’s and good-by 40’s!!!!
I think I need another gel cap!
Thank you to everyone who sent cards and wishes for my 50th birthday, i am touched and very blessed.
My garden for the most part is still going strong, there are parts that are looking a little shabby but thats to be expected as we transition into fall. By this time of year I am tired of trying to keep it all prim and proper so for the next few weeks it can run wild then the big fall clean up will happen. The nasturtiums are going crazy! Growing out of the planter boxes, all over the lawn, into other plants and I am sure under the fence to entertain the neighbours! My husband keeps mowing them and the more he mows over them the faster they return, not bad for a pack of seeds costing $1.98!
The dahlias too are not behaving, no matter how many sticks and miles of twine, they are still wanting to fall over! You would think after 20 years of gardening I would have figured out the professional dahlia growers use thick stakes for a reason! They are loaded in new buds and again if the frost is minimal they will bloom for a few more months. I am not going to dig them up, I had the pink one return from last year.
My mom gave me some tubers she was going to compost and to my surprise one of them grew almost the size of my head!
Another pack of seeds I planted and forgot about was an annual morning glory, (no not the invasive white one). A few months ago vines started to come out of the ground with a really interesting leaf, then buds appeared, then the flowers. It is right outside the back door and the vine covers up the brown leaves of the clematis. Again a pack of seeds for about $2.00, next year I am trying a really fun one named “Cardinal” its red! I love looking at it from the kitchen.
Other plants are still hanging in there: my rose “Beverly” has lots of blooms, and I just harvested scarlet runner beans, (see Botanical Interests), and the last of the tomatoes.
My dahlias not only came back this year they have grown so tall it’s getting hard to reach the blooms to cut them off, I have no idea what is going on under the soil, and considering the only soil is what I added, they are growing like mad! Dahlias are so much fun, I am always amazed when I plant the tubers that look like dried doggy you-know-what, that they grow into these stunning plants with flowers like works of art!
That’s the one thing with dahlias is never count them out, the tuber for the plant above looked dead, seriously no signs of growth so I put it in where I thought they would get enough sun and low and behold a stunning, big purple flower with white tips emerged! Dahlias are serious business with shows being held all over the world.
There are thousands of types of dahlias each one having it’s own set of descriptive terms like fimbriated, involute, lanciated, collarette, pom pom and cactus! Keep cutting the blooms and the plant will keep blooming until fall. Personally I will leave all these in the ground over winter and anxiously await to see if they come back for a third season. I am also planning to add more, my friend has a magenta one and I saw a mauve one on my walk recently.
These flowers are so cheery on an early fall day, and for my garden they are the perfect plant to make the transition from summer to fall adding colour when other plants are finished.