April 26, 2010

Sound Tea & Health Reference Resource

Many of my friends forward me news regarding tea or garden whenever they receive one.  Today's news is about eye health and tea which is backed by the scientific publication.  Overall, the one source which I am most comfortable to rely on about tea and health is online from National Library of Medicine .

Most health benefit claims about tea are rated by NLM as "C" grade which means "unclear scientific evidence for this use". However, one claim not in the NLM list could well be "the effect of the calm and soothing atmosphere at tea time". I wish most readers would back up this common sense claim in the "A" grade with your own health evidence. :))

April 24, 2010

Garden Tea Time Arrives

bistro set for French tea

Suddenly spring is here and my garden livens up with bird songs and vibrant greens in various shades. 

Curly petal tulip

Besides with my friends to share the joy of spring, colorful flowers are great companion for tea in the garden, plus singing birds and buzzing bees.

Planters dressed in blue and white

(the following 3 pictures courtesy of my friend Shu-jen)
Her treasured gardenia plant rewards her with lots of creamy white blossoms and intoxicating fragrance

Precious blue fringed violet plant displays a flower show after much pampering

I notice that camellia flowers are usually hidden under leaves. (to shield its beauty from bright sun?) 

April 8, 2010

Spring blooming camellia

Yes, they are real camellia flowers fresh from my garden!  I have been following along their growth since last fall when the buds started forming.  During this record breaking winter, I worried if the shrub could withstand the heavy snow and blistering wind.  Nevertheless, after spring temperature picks up, the buds swell and flowers open one after another.  Some branches are so heavily loaded that I need to keep it upright in this container.  Here they are: rewarding me by its vibrant beauty!  Instead of having pets, I find quite a joy to nurture plants.  Below are more flowers from the spring garden.  Enjoy!