TEA IN THE DESERT

Welcome to the 19th Tea Time Tuesday
“On a lovely Spring day what could be nicer or more relaxing than having Tea with dear friends in a beautiful garden setting? Tea is one of the oldest drinks enjoyed by man,
 and most surely was served in the earliest gardens.  
There are many types of Gardens, and many types of Tea”
Written by Wanda Church 
A few months ago Wanda Churchill, a garden columnist for the News Review Newspaper in Ridgecrest, California contacted me to use my picture of my last years Tea in My Rose Garden, which is the Tea Time Tuesday Logo. Wanda wrote a lovely article on Tea in the Garden. 
I wish you could read the whole article. 
Wanda also sent me by mail a copy of this article which was in
  in the newspaper with my Tea Setting photo published.
Wanda has emailed me pictures of what she loves to do,
 in her spare time in the month of April.
Ridgecrest, California is a town of approximately 25 thousand people
 living in the Northern Mojave Desert.  

Wanda loves to help her friend, Donna Woods give Garden Tea’s in Donna’s Garden. Which has taken her friend many years to get her garden to this point. Wanda says, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to garden in the high desert. We have extremely high winds, and temperatures sometimes reaching 117 degrees in the summer. 
The humidity is very low ( about 7%) which is how humans survive.

In April Wanda’s friend  Donna gives Garden Tea’s only six days of the year, 
when her garden is at it’s peak.  Wanda’s friend  Donna has Tea’s set up on two patio’s,
 serving from two to seven people at 1:00pm and again at 3:00pm.
I noticed the lovely garden blooming, the lace netting covering the fountain is to keep the leaves out of the fountain, from the fierce winds they have in the desert. Donna Woods has a large Magnolia Tree in her courtyard. A Magnolia Tree growing in the Mojave Desert is almost unheard of.  Over turned Teacups keeps out the bugs, and other things the fierce winds bring with it.
A simple Apple in the center of the table, 
says to me this setting will be served with wonderful Apples.


What a lovely Garden to look upon as you relax having Tea

This photo came out a little fuzzy, but you can see the lovely flowers growing in this desert garden, and hummingbird feeder in another Tea Setting.

Wanda says, Notice the Matilija Poppy, growing at the corner of her friends house, 
with the huge white flowers.  They are simply gorgeous,
 and my friend Donna Woods is an accomplished Artist in several areas,
 and has painted these poppies in oils.
One of these paintings of the Matilija Poppy, Donna has graciously given me
 for helping her with her Garden Teas.


The Matilija Poppy grows wild on Catalina Island, and they call them
“FRIED EGG PLANT”
I you see why they are called “Fried Egg Plant”
The bloom looks like a fried egg! 
The Matilija Poppies are so lovely! 
Wanda, Thank You so Much for the Tour of Your Friend Donna Woods’
 Garden and Teas in Your Lovely
Northern Mojave Desert!


Today I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch
where she is hosting Tablescape Thursday



As Always Save A Cup Of Tea For Me!
Lady Katherine


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25 thoughts on “TEA IN THE DESERT

  1. Katherine, what an honor that someone in California contacted you for the picture of your pretty tea in the garden! That is so exciting! She sent you photos of a lovely garden. I’ve never seen those flowers, but they DO look like fried eggs! I enjoyed the tour of her friend’s garden. Thank you for hosting. laurie

  2. What fun you have, and how far-reaching are your friendships!

    This was so enjoyable, and so very foreign to my own experiences in gardening—high temperatures, of course, but humidity equally high.

    A Fried Egg Plant is something I’ve never seen, and it’s so interesting to see all the things and occasions brought to light just by our kindred interest in all things pertaining to tea.

    Thank you for this visit with your friend!!

    rachel

  3. I am so glad that your beautiful garden has been shared with more people. Your garden is a special place and your photogrrphy is picture perfect.
    Blessings, Pam

  4. I am just thrilled to death that your pretty TEA IN THE GARDEN photo is going to be published. Congratulations, dear heart.

    And this garden tea you have for us today is very nice…and I’ve never, in my entire loooong life heard of a fried egg flower…pretty cool !!
    xo bj

  5. What a beautiful garden tea. I just love garden tea settings an dhaving a garden with so many lovely flowers makes it even better. John is ok, Katherine. He was in the hospital doing his normal rounds on patients. I do not know anything about blog feed. What is it for? Oh how I wish you could come visit again. We can just relax and visit and talk and drink tea. WOuldn’t that be lovely. I am so sorry you have more tumors. I hope they are tiny and treatable. Take care, my friend. I will keep praying for you…..Christine

  6. My Dear Friend,
    I have been away on vacation and hosting family holiday festivities – glad to be back and to spend time having tea with you! As always, your posts are lovely! I am so sorry you have been struggling physically – you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for making us all feel so special even when you are not feeling 100% yourself – that is a gift much appreciated and valued!
    <>< Concetta

  7. Thank you for welcoming me to your tea party.I have been coming over to your blog on Tuesdays to look at all the beautiful posts. Today I decided to join in.
    I read from some of your comments that you are not feeling all that well.I hope that you are starting to feel better.
    Sweet Blessings and may God grant you good health……
    Virginia

  8. I can certainly see why Wanda would choose your garden tea party! How very interesting seeing a tea in a desert garden. I have never thought much about how difficult that must be, and it was a lovely garden too.

    Thank-you again for hosting Tea Time Tuesday!

  9. What a beautiful setting! Love the flowers. It was interesting to read about the challenges of gardening in the desert. Congratulations on being featured in the magazine. I can understand why, as your teas are always so beautiful with such attention to detail!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  10. Lady Katherine your garden and table are so inviting and lovely! I just adored the pictures of those unusual poppies, they brought a smile to my face, they really do look like fried eggs and gosh they made me hungry…:)
    Have a fabulous week Katherine…
    Tina xo

  11. Your garden is so lovley. That Fried Egg plant is so amazing. I have heard of it before but never grown it or seen it.
    It must be wonderful to dine outside at your table.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  12. My dear Lady! How absolutely delightful to see your name on my blog!
    I am so glad you like my little chair (although I should have swept that porch before I took the picture)and to answer your question on how I get my husband to stop the car. Well..he is as bad about going to garage/estate sales and thrift shops as I am! Actually, it is he that got me into doing it. I have done it..but certainly never every single Saturday! It is like a treasure hunt!

    I really MUST join your tea party.
    My daughter’s screen name is Mary Carter Loves Tea…and she gives exquiste tea parties. Many in her yard and in the home of Emilie Barn’s. Just lovely!
    I will try to do one alone..but..not really good at such things…she says she will set one up for me..but it really ought to be my own I suppose.
    Have a wonderful week..and do drop in again sometime. How my daughter would love your blog..and most especially your silver plate tipping pot. She longs to open her own tea room..and I wish it for her!
    Mona

  13. HI Lady Katherine 🙂 :),
    I was actually leaving a comment over at Amy’s blog “Vintage Porcelain Art”…and I read your comment. One of my other blog friends said something really nice about you…and embarassing, I can’t remember who it was…but I decided to pop on over for a visit to see…you have great photos and lovely tea things …and just lovely stuff in general 🙂 🙂 🙂 So I joined your blog so I can follow it 🙂 🙂 Have a lovely rest of the week. Hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂 🙂 🙂

    p.s. I think we must have a blog friend or two in common. I participate in a couple of the fun tea party events on Tuesdays 🙂 🙂

  14. delighted to hear your marvelous news~ tis a guest of refinement that knows she was sitting at Lady Katherine’s after all!

    what more could be done, it seems perfectly appropriate!

    divine as always!

  15. Hello Lady Katherine- Such splendid pictures even if they are a bit fuzzy. I’ll never turn down a peek at what someone else is growing. Congratulations on the publishing of your photo. Happy belated Teacup Tuesday and take care.

  16. Hi! What an absolutely lovely blog you have! I found you from Heather blog o rama and so glad I did! I love everything to do with tea and the Victorian era. I enjoy doing tea parties with my daughter’s ages 4 and 9 years. Have a wonderful evening!
    Blessings, Jill

  17. Hi Lady Katherine,

    I can’t believe you’re already up to #19! Congratulations on having your beautiful teatime table from last year featured by the columnist in CA! It was fascinating reading about the desert climate and seeing her garden in April.

    I hope you’re feeling better. You’re such a warm, caring person, and you deserve all the best life has to offer.

    Warmest regards,
    Bill

  18. Thanks for showing the lovely “tea in the garden” settings. That fried egg plant is something new to me. Also, congrats on having your photo published.

  19. Hi Lady Katherine… I will be linking my today post to your tea post tomorrow… 😉 Thanks for doing such a fun event…

    cielo

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