"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come." Song of Songs

Monday, March 5, 2012

Almost a Spring Day

The day began in a beautiful pink and blue hue.

      It wasn't a typical February day...but I guess it's becoming more typical of our temperamental California weather.

A high of 74 was predicted.

On the deck, in the shade of an Ivy, it topped off at...

As I worked (spreading ground cover) in the yard it felt more like 74!

      I planted some roses in the cottage yard, in between the cherry trees I planted last year. I won't be able to see them from my house but the cottage tenant will enjoy them...and I can always visit...we've become friends over the years.

They don't look like much now but by summer they will have beautiful flowers that look like these...

I can hardly wait!

      I didn't mean to get side-tracked and forget to have tea...I just had it a little latter than usual, and I was ready to sit down and enjoy a break from gardening.

No time for anything fancy, just some Cranberry & Ginseng Herb Tea (I like the pretty color).

      Doesn't having a cup of tea (or coffee) give a nice relaxing change to the day? A time to reflect on what has already been done, and what is left to accomplish.

While nibbling on warm Cranberry White Chocolate Scones on mixed-matched china.

This teapot is brewing flowers not tea...

Ready to pour out a cup of Spring blossoms.

      Back outside I see signs of life peeking out from the ground, happy to see the sun.  The daffodils are coming up!

"I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose,
I would always greet it in a garden."
~ Ruth Stout

The Daphne in the front yard is blooming.

Its flowers have a very sweet fragrance. Each cluster looks like a miniature bouquet.

And the camellias are ready to burst open!

Spring is just around the corner and I feel it coming.

"Awake, north wind, and come, south wind!
Blow on my garden,
that its fragrance may spread abroad."
~ Song of Songs 4:16

The day ended as it began; in brilliant color!

That day was a few sunrises (and sets) ago but I wanted to share it with you today for tea time.


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  1. Daphne is a favorite. I absolutely love the fragrance. We moved a huge tub of it up here to Washington state with us as I couldn't bear to part with it, but it hasn't liked the cold and damp and it won't make it through this year. Sigh. I love your spring photos and growing life in your gardesn. Your teacup is lovely! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. Hi Charlotte,
    Your flowers are gorgeous and what a thrill it must be to see life this early in the season! We won't see any for a while yet. I love the colour of your tea in your pretty teacup! How good it must taste. Thanks for sharing and having tea with me.


  3. oooo your scones look so delicious!! We are enjoying lots of beautiful color as all of the azaleas are blooming in our area.

    Jocelyn @

  4. Lovely post,so enjoyed visiting you for tea today and becoming your new follower.Please visit Me any time and stay as long as you like :) Blessings to you-Denise

  5. Hello Charlotte
    After seeing your spring blooms, I'm anxious for ours but will have to wait awhile yet.
    The scones look delicious and I like your choice of herbal tea.

  6. Hello, I can think of nothing more refreshing after working in the garden than a lovely cup of tea! I think your scones are just perfect! You will have a gorgeous garden come summer! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  7. Hi: Thank you for asking about what I am wearing and about my bling. It was the most important thing I read today. Love your garden. Blessings, Martha

  8. Your garden is really beginning to bloom. Don't you love it when you can see those first signs of spring. Your tea looks wonderful and having it outside is always the best. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  9. How lucky to have flowers coming up in your garden. We still have about a foot of snow where I live. Love your teacup. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Beautiful!
    ... your teacup is lovely :)

    Greetings from Australia♥

  11. Love the Scripture, scones and daffodils! Nice blog. Happy St Pattys Day~

  12. Hi Charlotte,
    Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope all is well with you and your family! Just letting you know I'm thinking of you. Happy Spring!



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