Happy Tea Tuesday...
and look what I found.
This is a little watercolor I painted a few years ago.
It was one of my favorite tea mugs...
yes, tea, because I never have drank coffee.
I drank mostly herbal teas from my garden.
The house I lived in at that time was in the hill country of Texas.
I had a large herb garden, as partly seen in the photo below.
I always used my herbs for many different things,
including making my own tea recipes.
Herbs that made great tea and that I loved was
lemon verbena, anise, bee balm, German chamomile and mints.
I also loved rose hips, but never grew the roses to have my own.
I have found the rose hips in specialty stores
and mixed them with chamomile and pineapple sage.
Below is a picture of a rose hip flower that I took
on Cape Cod during one of my visits there.
The rose hip is the fruit
as seen below and
also seen in the background of the above photo.
I did read somewhere that an antique rose called
Old Blush produces hips and grows well in our Texas heat.
Old Blush (1752) is one of the most common,
fragrant and treasured of old roses.
This rose easily reaches 6 feet in height and 10 feet across.
The fragrant, semi-double, lilac pink flowers are in loose clusters,
turning to a darker pink in the sun.
They provide large orange hips
that you can use in tea or jam.
I guess I'm just going to have to find some
Old Blush roses
and add them to my garden.
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