Celebrating my herbal ally, HAWTHORN. Today we had a couple of hours free from customers & work. I decided to grab the camera & head off into the garden to attune with the happy Hawthorn who is blossoming beautifully. I also decided to collect some of the new gorgeous little clusters of blossom to make me & dear hubby a tea tonic :) The leaves are also so vibrant & lush with the most nourishing pulsating life force permeating throughout each & every one. We have a manicured Hawthorn hedge & a rather more wild naturally growing Hawthorn tree. I wonder if there is a difference between each, as the flowers & scent of both are different. Perhaps both male & female blossom. I find the matrix of the Hawthorns branches so comforting, so stabilising, like the network or arteries & veins.vessels carrying oxygen to support life. A wonderful circulatory system. Controlling & conducting the awesome growth of such a beautiful tree.
After capturing some beautiful images of its growth & changing appearance I returned to the kitchen, washed the clusters of blossom I'd collected preparing them for infusion. Boiling the kettle ready to make some Hawthorn char :) I rinsed my new glass tea pot ready for its fresh Hawthorn tea.
The scent was surprisingly off putting, not at all as pleasant as I'd imagined. The colour of the tea developed into a bright light transparent green. It was brewed for around 10 minutes. Keeping up with old English traditions I thought the tea would be best served in a most eloquent style. Delivered in dainty bone china cups on saucers, an inherited family heirloom - the tea set was many decades ago a wedding present for my Grandmother!! I in sited my hubby should try our garden wonders. I am delighted he drank two cups, considering he thought the smell was vile & like an old pub urinals!!! I refrained from smelling mine :) The taste was quite pleasant & refreshing. Hope you enjoy the photographs :)