Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Tea




Spring is just around the corner.
I thought I'd share this lovely Tuscan English Fine China teacup with you.
I love all the flowers, the colors and the Spring look!


Tuscan Tea Cup


I added a Gerbera Daisy from the garden.


Tuscan Tea Cup



For tea drinkers Spring means that the tea plants are readying for the first harvest.
The first flush March into April for teas in China (I'm looking forward to Dragonwell).
India (Darjeeling and Assam), Nepal and Taiwan among other areas.
There has been drought in some areas 
and that will mean the harvest will be delayed and will not be as large.

It also means it's time for iced tea.
For me, I have iced tea year round, but for a lot of tea drinkers
Spring means get the ice out! 

"The grandfather plants and raises the tea bushes, 
the father harvests the tea,
and the son drinks it."
~Chinese Saying


Thank you to our tea party hosts:

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a delightful cup of tea!



25 comments:

Vee said...

Interesting to think about tea harvest...I so seldom do. Beautiful photo!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful teacup, I love all the flowers.

Deborah said...

I love the teacup. So feminine and delicate. I have a collection of china from my grandmother, who was born in 1898, that I wish I could learn more about. **happy smiles** Deb

Antiques And Teacups said...

Wonderful teacup! I love Tuscan designs! Good grief...you have gerberas??? We are just doing crocuses! It's just about making the 50s if it's sunny. We are indeed way behind you! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Oh...Snap! That is a gorgeous teacup and the orange Gerbera Daisy goes so perfect with it.

Dorothy Borders said...

Just lovely!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That Chinese saying certainly sums up how intergenerational wealth often works, doesn't it?

kitty said...

Hi Snap! Your tea cup is a beauty! It's like a fancy version of the one I just shared.

Pamela Gordon said...

That's a pretty teacup Snap. Happy spring to you! Pamela

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Such a pretty spring teacup. Winter weather is having its last hurrah on us so I thought I would use my favourite winter teapot and mug for the last time too.

Micupoftea~ said...

What a joy to read about tea! Love the Chinese quote. I enjoy matcha and oolong- do you ever drink those? Also, genmaicha...which sounds good right now! haha
Visits to your blog are always enjoyable :)
Shawn

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Snap,
Your teacup is really lovely and perfect for celebrating Spring. Thank you for sharing and coming to my Spring Tea. Have a beautiful day and Happy Spring!

Blessings,
Sandi

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Lovely flowers and beautiful tea cup! Enjoy your spring, it's almost there. Have a wonderful week and thank you for your sweet visit.
FABBY

Lavender Cottage said...

You've captured the essence of spring with your pretty teacup Snap. I have Dragonwell green but am having a difficult time liking the flavour. I guess always having jasmine tea has my tastebuds craving something sweeter.
Judith

Lois Evensen said...

What a lovely teacup. :)

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such a pretty tea cup! Make me excited for the summer garden!

Mary said...

Lovely teacup Snap just like a spring garden! Love the delicate gold vine on the inside :)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

YOu have an endless collection of marvelous tea cups and saucers....Is there room left in your house? So pretty and perfect for getting us to think about Spring. Not here though, snow, snow, snow. xox

Terri said...

What a beautiful Tuscan tea cup! The flowers are so alive and vibrant. I love the little gold edging too.
Great Chinese tea saying!
Happy Spring!
Hugs,
Terri

Veronica Roth said...

So very pretty and spring like. We only just have crocuses here in the garden but I did see some blooming gerbas in the store. They are so cheerful and bright, aren't they?

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a lovely tea cup and I am a tea drinker too, and in fact I am going to a high tea party this Thursday, weather permitting~

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Snap,
That is a lovely, cheerful cup you have there.
Vibrant and colorful!
Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

What a beautiful tea cup and saucer! I've never considered the idea of tea harvests before or how a drought might affect them.

Iced tea is a staple in our house. Happy Spring! ~Michelle

sandy said...

Lovely teacup and saucer and beautiful daisy!

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

You always share such lovely china! This is gorgeous and so pretty I think I would be tempted to just keep it on my dressing table to look at. MInerva ~