Spring is just around the corner (March 20th, according to my wall calendar), a time when color reigns supreme, at teatime and any time. While Winter is dressed in various shades of brown and whites, with some plants retaining their green even as the rest have gone bare, Spring is always an artist’s palette.
Bulb flowers, from daffodils to tulips to irises, planted in the cool of Autumn and dormant during the chilly months, spring up from the dark soil. They spray the landscape with yellows, reds, whites, purples, and much more. Fruit trees that have stored up their energy for just the right moment push out from every branch their buds that open into full blossoms of whites, pinks, and reds. Rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias fill the area twixt ground flowers and tree branch blooms with their spectrum of petal hues.
How do you bring this color to your teatime?
Step 1 — Cut some of those flowers, including a branch or two off of any fruit tree in your yard and set them in a vase on your tea table. A spray of cherry or apple blossoms, coupled with bright yellow daffodils, red tulips, purple crocuses, and some deep pink azaleas will crown your tea table. But don’t stop there.
Step 2 — Use teawares with those Springs colors in them. Amsterdam teapots are a good way to start; they’re inexpensive and come in a rainbow of colors: White, Lemon, Yellow, Sahara, Mustard, Tangerine, Red, Amsterdam 2 Cup Teapot – Sierra Rose, Burgundy, Brown, Sea Foam, Lime, Green, Vivian Teal, Powder Blue, Blue, Cadet Blue, Royal Blue, and Plum.
Step 3 — Pick a nice sunny day and hold an outdoor tea on your deck or patio or set your table under a flowering tree (you might get a few blossoms drifting down into your teacups and on your plates of goodies, but a bit of mess is worth it).
Step 4 — Make a bouquet in your teapot. Just select teas and tisanes with floral flavorings and colors, such as:
- Buckingham Palace Garden Party with a hint of Jasmine
- Bohemian Raspberry, a wondrous tea with raspberry
- Sencha Kyoto Cherry with sweet cherry and morning rose flavor
- Organic Nile Delta Chamomile, made from fine Egyptian chamomile
- Tiffany Rose Melody Flowering Green Tea
- Jasmine green tea with jasmine blossoms
- Oolong Orange Blossom Estate tea with fruity jasmine notes
- French blend tea with Jasmine and Lavender
A bit of colorful conversation is the final ingredient. You will need to need to search around for some colorful conversers. Can’t help you with that, I’m afraid.
Now that I’ve planted the seeds of this idea in your mind, here’s hoping you’ll cultivate a great teatime!