Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The last (and only) rose of summer: Tea Tuesday

As the weather finally begins to cool here, and the morning light grows dimmer, I have set up in the dining room to show the one and only rose I have gotten from my garden this year. It takes center stage, along with my rose tea pot and matching cup and saucer.

My tea of choice this morning is a traditional jasmine, a loose leaf variety I found in California in an Asian market in Chinatown. I bought it as much for the tin it came in as I did the tea. Since this tea pot holds a lot of tea, I know I will be drinking it for awhile.

Feel free to stop by for some of my jasmine tea, because I have plenty, and be sure to join Kimmie and the rest of us (participants found on Kimmie's Art in Red Wagons sidebar) for tea today.

I accidentally found Tea For Me Please written by a young lady named Nicole who lives in New Jersey in the US for today's blog pick. Reviewing teas could easily be her full time career, although it is not. She understands tea, has a passion for it that shows in each post, and when she writes a tea review, she provides a great deal of information. For example, she usually gives the temperature she steeped the tea at, the amount of time she steeped it, and the number of infusions she made. I was so impressed by her knowledge and insight. She is definitely wise beyond her years! I am sure that one day soon, some tea company is going to snap her up for her writing abilities as well as her knowledge and understanding of teas. So visit Nicole today and tell her Tea For Me Please, too! I assure you that she is going to teach you a lot you didn't know about tea, no matter how tea savvy you are.

21 thoughtful remarks:

Nicole said...

Thank you so much for the mention Elizabeth! It means a lot :)

see you there! said...

There is a jasmine/green tea that I like a lot. Made by Stassen.

Darla

PS - I'm having a giveaway on my blog today, stop by.

La Dolce Vita said...

beautiful rose! I have a few white ones blooming but that is it!! I will have to cut them for tea next week... love your cup, how cute is that? and will be off to check your link! happy T day, E!!

Dianne said...

sweet little rose, and lovely teapot & cup! hope you enjoyed your tea and perhaps it will awaken your muse! And...Bluebeard is so handsome, even when asleep!

Susan Allan said...

How beautiful.
What a lovely place setting on your dining room table. The rose is very pretty and is almost out-shone by your teacup. What a pity I live too far away to pop in for tea..I would like nothing more.
Have a lovely day.
Did you find the reference to the Mason Jar stamp; I was just wondering?
Sue xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Thank you so much for the lovely welcome home wishes Elizabeth ... it is a bit of an adjustment being back.
What a lovely rose tea table you've set ... just perfect. I can't believe I did not buy one thing in Chinatown (SF) this time around ... we did enjoy the walk through tho ... you are a gal after my own heart, buying tea mostly for the tin.
Hoping to catch up on what I've missed here at some point.
I actually have things here at home I MUST take care of but had to stop by to say "hello" :)
oxo

Bea said...

One of my favorite teas and if I lived closer I would pop over and have some with you. Instead, I've been taking a long overdue drive around my neighborhood taking pictures of this beautiful fall day. :)Bea

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh how beautiful a colour is that rose! Thank you. You made me realise that my orange rose - on it's second flowering this year - is not to be taken for granted - indeed, I shall show it off very soon. I really like the cup you've chosen today - that dimensional rose is just lovely.

Amy said...

Hah. It's not just me then. I have not gotten many roses this year either. *shew* I feel better, Even though my BlackThumbOfDeathGardeningIneptGoesOutsideOnceAYear neighbor has a plethora of them on her One (ONE!) Rosebush.
A

ooglebloops said...

Pretty little setting - and a rose to end the season. Thanks for the link - must check her out!!! Drop by if you get a chance.

Tracy Evans said...

Your rose is gorgeous and what a wonderful scene, beautiful china, lovely rose and tea, what better way to spend some relaxing time. Have a lovely evening, Tracy Evans x

Doone said...

roses and tea are important items to the English, and all of your examples are splendidly typical of the elegance and beauty both should evoke, a warning too E - my desk is an unholy mess - take a deep breath before you visit tomorrow.

Dx

Yvonne said...

Beautiful little rose. Sounds like me and my roses sometimes. Love your place setting and lovely tea pot and cup. Thanks for the link as I will surely check it out. Enjoyed tea with you today.

Terri Kahrs said...

**Sigh!** You've showcased your last rose of summer beautifully with your tea today, Elizabeth! Hugs, Terri xoxoxo

Lori Saul said...

I love jasmine tea and it is such a beautiful presentation with your rose. I still have some peace roses left but it was an unusually strange weather year all around and gardens in general have been less than productive. A lovely post Elizabeth!

Gayle...... that,s me said...

Hello Elizabeth, thanks for dropping by for tea,but sorry was distracted this week. Thank you so very much for your congrats. and sweet comments,I am a little nervous, never having been involved in something quite like this:..... hope I can come up with the goods each month. Your single rose looks beautiful, is it perfumed ? I hate it here too when the roses finish.Ours here are just starting to bud, when they flower I wish I could send you some , we have about 15 bushes, but I will just have to send a photo instead. Enjoy your week.XX

Kimmie said...

One rose is better than none, right!? .... I hope next year's summer will be kinder - to both you and your roses! Your teapot and cup are extraordinary - I love the sculpted roses on them. And now off to Nicole's tea review blog :)

Happy Tuesday! Kimmie

Nancy said...

One gorgeous rose :) very unique teapot and cup!

Tammy Freiborg said...

Hope next summer is better for your roses! You one and only is very pretty!

Dianne said...

Beautiful rose and tea wares!

Gaby Bee said...

I love jasmine tea, one of my favs...hope you enjoyed your tea:)