Saturday, May 30, 2015

Spring in the Hill Country: Wildflowers in Texas

"... gentle flowers, teardrops of the stars, standing in the garden, nodding your heads to the bees as they sing of the dews and the sunbeams. [...] Dream on, sway and frolic while you may in the gentle breezes of the summer" - Kakuzo Okakura (on Flowers)

Okakura actually spends much of his Flowers chapter in the Book of Tea lamenting the wastefulness of cutting the "hapless" flowers for adornment. Okakura says the plants are unable to defend themselves against predators... but maybe he has not met the Texas thistle. She sure does not relent her beautiful blossoms easily! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Aging Gracefully - Verdant Tea 1999 Longyuanhao Shu Puerh

I have become a puerh tea addict. Who knew this day would come? Lucky for me, there are a million perks to drinking puerh. See my earlier post on Sweet Green Puerh from Ito En for a quick refresher. For my birthday, my best friend surprised me with Verdant Tea's Longyuanhao Shu Puerh (1999). This tea is 16 years old!! And it has aged incredibly well!