Monday, May 18, 2015

                                                                  "CROCUS TIME"

Feeling like a slave to snow .... I was  looking into the sleepy gardens, imagining and praying for the signs of Spring to emerge out of the cold hard bed of winter ... then one day, my heart soared like a bird as one tiny crocus bloomed.

Although crocus is not the prettiest name for a flower,  I do  adore this sweet harbinger of spring and it's symbolic meaning  of cheerfulness and gladness. Today, I'm sharing my Royal Albert, " Prairie Crocus" teaset and a poem .

The feet of people walking home
With gayer sandals go-
The Crocus-till she rises
The Vassal of the snow-
The lips of Hallelujah
Long years of practise bore
Till bye and bye these Bargemen
Walked singing on the shore.

Pearls are the Diver's farthings
Extorted from the sea-
Pinions-the Seraph's wagon
Pedestrians once-as we-
Night is the morning's Canvas
Death, but our rapt attention
To Immorality.

My figures fail to tell me
How far the village lies-
Whose peasants are the Angels-
Whose Cantons dot the skies-
My Classics veil their faces-
My faith that Dark adores-
Which from its solemn abbeys
Such resurrection pours.

Emily Dickinson
( 1858 )

It seems that my prayers of longing and hope have been answered .. so now, I shed a sigh of relief and pour myself a much anticipated, cup of tea ... Teatime  with you all, feels like a warm ray of sunshine on my shoulders.

Lookie, lookie ...I found a pretty pink teapot at the ' Village'... Don't you love it's perfect roundness..
Unfortunately, it had a little chip on the inner  lip of the lid but, I loved its cheeky  pinkness and believed  that it would brew me a full bodied cup of  tea ...  Nothing in life is without imperfections.

This shabby chic teapot and classy little teaset seem to be creating a sweet harmony together, especially since, my little caste iron  bunnies have decided to hold up their part and partake in     teatime.


I've always love the warm and fuzzy presence of the  crocus and can attest that unike  other crocus, which take their origin from( Iradaceae Family) or Iris, the  Prairie Crocus( anenome ) has little fluffy fibres, much like this motif. The flowers are 4 cm( 1 1/2 in.) in diameter, each with five to seven petal-like sepals, and possesses many pistil and bright yellow stamens that are not edible.

They are not smooth and delicate like other  crocus's. The blue or purple coloured parts, that look like petals are actually modified sepals. When folded, the outer surface is covered by downy, white woolly hairs. The flowers open during the day and close at night... I know this,  because, I lived in the Prairies and played in fields of crocus when I was a child...OOPS ...Is that telling my age or just a happy memory.( Ha ha)

Since sweet May has brought forth the buds, gardening is ever on my mind, so I'm saving all the tea leaves for my  flowers ....  Even the flowers could use a nice  refreshing cup of tea .

 Composting  would take too long, so I  just mix and pour the unused tea and leaves into the garden  for a tasty floral treat ( Ha Ha) I don't think that mother earth minds. 

In the meantime, there's  still another soothing cup of tea waiting for you to savour while fantasying about the next flower that will bloom...Tulips or Daffodils !!!!  I'm enamoured with  God's gifts... It's a Wonderful life.

Thank You for  your presence and our  teatime chatterings. 

SHARING TEATIME WITH. with Sandi at "Rose Chintz Cottage", 
Martha's Favorites, Ruth's ,"Cuppa Tea" and Bernideen's " All Things Tea" Blog.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely teacup, and crocuses are a delight to see when we have been looking at white stuff for months on end! Your pink teapot is a twin to my own, I think. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post with us and coming to tea with me. Enjoy your week.


Zaa said...

Thank You Sandi ..It's aways a blessing to hear from you..Hugs

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a pretty RA teacup, Zaa! It is perfect for your themed tea, with your lovely photo of your crocus and your poem. I think my favorite, however, is your pretty in pink teapot that's perched upon your bunny stand...darling! I must remember to save my tea leaves and give my plants a drink of tea, too.

Martha's Favorites said...

Love the tea cup. I have never seen one like it. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Margie said...

Thank you for the visit! Love your teacup! Purple is my favourite colour and I've always been drawn to black teacups (trying to add more black cups to my collection. Hee!). I also like the idea of using tea leaves to nourish the flowers.

P.S. I exercised GREAT restraint at the Victoria Gallery. Heh.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I have that same pink teapot, and I love it! Your teacup is so pretty. Yes, spring has taken its time this year, and the flowers are so welcome. Your pretty crocus is so cheerful.

Zaa said...

OH Yes Kitty ...You plants will greatly appreciate a spot of tea...Thanks for the sweet visit...hugs

Zaa said...

Welcome Margie... Please do visit again soon.

Zaa said...

Thank Deborah... So glad that you could come for teatime...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Martha...Wishing you fun in the sun under your new awning ..xoxoxox

Ruth W said...

I love your crocus teacups. Lovely! I haven't read that Emily Dickenson poem for years...thanks for the reminder. The tea looks wonderful!

Have a Daily said...

I too love the Crocus in Spring! I had lots of them at my previous home, but have not planted any here yet. I need to do that this Fall! In March I spied a pretty bowl set by Hall at our local thrift. It had a floral border around the edge. When I got home I googled it and found that the design was called 'crocus'. I love your teacup! The pretty pink teapot goes so perfectly with it. I have a pink polka dotted one shaped just like it that I love. What a great idea to discard your tea leaves into the garden. Never thought of doing that, but will from now one.

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Ruth..It's so very nice to chat with you ...Big Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Jann ..Thanks for the lovely visit ..I love to see you polka dot teapot ...Please do come again soon...Hugs

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful cup and saucer. I have seen many but not this one and I love your "real" crocus too!

Zaa said...

Thanks for you sweet visit Bernideen...I enjoyed your posting this week...Hugs


Your RA teacup is lovely and that 'perfectly round' pink teapot is to die for! What a beautiful find, wish I was lucky like that, as I adore pink!
Love the poem and crocus pic.
I'm making a note to save my tea leaves for my indoor plants.
Have a great weekend my sweet friend.

Hummingbirds Nest said...

That teacup is some serious eye candy! Thank you for sharing the tip to add tea to the plants. That's brilliant! You know what I do? I let tea bags dry up and place them inside tennis shoes and boots. It soaks up any sweat odor that may be lurking around. Also, I put loose tea leaves in my sugar scrub next to my kitchen sink. :)
Thank you for sharing! Have a fantastic week!


Zaa said...

Dear Fabby ... I'm so happy that you joined us for teatime...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for the fabulous ideas Ana... I'm going to try glad that you stopped over for a teatime chat too...hugs