My Tea Garden

I am a tea drinker. Yes, coffee in the morning…but tea the rest of the day. Hot tea, even in summer. But I do love brewing tea and then pouring it over ice on especially hot days. All kinds of teas…dark and caffeinated to light herbal teas, green teas with a touch of lemon or ginger, peppermint…well, it’s all delicious!

Except for Lapsong Souchong…nope…don’t like that stuff…tastes like a mouthful of smoke. Blech.

But I digress…what I’m so crazy excited about is my newly established Back Deck Tea Garden! I’ve been dreaming of it for a while now, got a book about how to start one and what kinds of plants would yield what kinds of teas. Of course, doodling ideas in my sketchbook was a must to work out what I might like to start with, what I already have on hand, and how it might grow right there on my deck.

You see…I’m not very much of a gardener. Oh I have all kinds of grand visions of gardens and I can plant them in the ground. But then I say to the little plants “Grow and Flourish” and I walk away. If I don’t see them, I tend to forget they need watering and tending. Come mid-summer they are wilting and gasping for water. But if plants are on the deck, right where I can see them out my kitchen window, I tend to them much better.

So here’s my little Tea Garden in its infancy. Of course, I have flowers in and around the herbs. Some of the flowers, such as Bee Balm (which is actually Bergamot!) and Tufted Violets were listed in my Tea Book as lovely plants from which to harvest flowers and leaves for tea! Planted in and among the other flowers I have lavender, rosemary, peppermint, basil, another kind of mint, lemon balm and I hope to have some chamomile I’m trying to grow from seed. A good start I think!

I’m dreaming of sipping freshly made teas from my little garden all summer and then drying them for fall and winter tea. I’m also planning on lots of drawing and sketches from the flourishing plants!

Now to go water them and whisper to them to grow, grow, grow!

6 thoughts on “My Tea Garden

  1. Juli C Parker says:

    Sounds like a wonderful undertaking! Keeping them within your view is perfect! They must just decide to behave and flourish!ā¤

    • Jennifer Edwards says:

      Hi Juli! We miss you! Have you moved? A few of us from knitting group have seen signs of the possibility that you have moved out to be closer to your son and his family? Anyway…it’s great to hear from you and I hope all is going well! Love,Jennifer

  2. Christy says:

    Beautiful Jen! I want to come over and drink tea with you soon in your lovely tea garden! (Iā€™m shamelessly inviting myself:)

  3. Theresa Talarek says:

    I love your Back Deck Tea Garden idea (great place to put one!) and your drawings!
    Lapsang Souchong – people love it or hate it. I happen to love it. šŸ™‚ But, I don’t have it often, as it’s such a strongly distinctive flavor.

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