Collecting Your Blooms Harvest your rose petals when they first bloom because this is when they are the most fragrant. I know, I know, this will be hard! Remember, you only need a few blooms for the tea so you will still get to keep your rose bush mostly undisturbed. If you do pick a… Continue reading Rose Petal Tea
This morning I gathered yellow honeysuckle for my morning tea. The tea has a vibrant yellow color, smells a bit like grass and has a very calm or mild green tea taste. It was a beautiful way to start my weekend :) Honeysuckle...to be or not to be? To Be: Honeysuckle petals make a… Continue reading Honeysuckle Tea
Lilac Iced Tea is one of my new favorites! I read it was bitter, but honestly I loved it! To make the tea, I put about 3 blooms into a cold brew coffee infuser and let it sit over night. The next day I tried it over ice and had a brilliant idea...Lilac Ice Cubes!… Continue reading Lilac Iced Tea
Last year I had a terrible time trying to find Viola Ordata plants. One greenhouse owner told me I should just stop by someones yard and dig them up myself. Ya...I can just see me trying to explain that to a homeowner. I finally found some on Etsy, but I wanted them in the same… Continue reading Tea Garden in the Spring: Viola Ordata!
Rosemary tea is delightful. It tastes just like it smells which means it is a bit woodsy and quite potent. One sprig could be used for several cups of tea. I let a fresh sprig steep for a few minutes and then enjoyed every last drop. I did not add any sweetener or milk because… Continue reading Rosemary Tea
While I was finishing up Chemo I met and befriended a lady who works at the Botanical Gardens. She introduced me to the book "Homegrown Tea." I dove into the book, highlighting and figuring out what would grow in our area. It was so much fun to plant and now see come into bloom. Well,… Continue reading Echinacea Tea
We had a fun filled Tuesday this past week. One of my friends brought over her two kiddos for a tea party to taste test Bergamot Tea. The three year old girl even wore her Cinderella dress for the occasion. Bergamot is probably the most beautiful tea flower in my garden. It smells really spicy,… Continue reading Bergamot Tea
Nasturtium found its way into my tea garden to shade my violets which were about to die because I had put them in a full sun planter...oops. The flowers are a brilliant orange and yellow that really make my tea garden pop with color. I had a friend over to try the tea. I just… Continue reading Nasturtium Tea
Recipe: Add 1/4 cup of fresh parsley into hot water and let it steep for 5 min. Then strain the leaves out and enjoy! I had read that it would be a bitter tea, but it really wasn't that bad. It had a very earthy taste. Apparently, it is good for digestion but one shouldn't… Continue reading Parsley Tea
I love the smell of lavender and it is a gorgeous flower, but I was seriously doubting whether or not the tea would be bland or just "off" tasting. I wanted to try the fresh version of the tea with no other added blends so that I would know exactly what lavender tea tasted like… Continue reading Lavender Tea is Amazing!