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Thanks for the link! Always good to hear from a fellow tea fanatic, and I see you are also in Texas. Have you ever made it to the tea plantation in South Carolina? We went once (made a whole vacation around it), but it was a 22 hour drive!
Where do you buy your tea locally? I am always looking for locations to profile in my tea blog.
Fun to read...had always wondered about the various teas all, seemingly, from the same plant. In 1994 we visited the Kenyan Tea Plantation owned by a Mrs. Mitchell who gave the tour at 85 years of age! Kenya has a climate perfect for tea production.
I oversee the Pinebrook Children's Garden in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains (really just big hills compared to the Rockies!) =) Do you know a place where I can get some tea plants? I realize I would need to take them in in winter but we have commercial greenhouses...and it could be doable.
We have grown cotton plants from seed - much fun to watch for northerners! Our daughter keeps one plant in her World Cultures classroom with her tenth graders feeling ownership of the plant during the winter. Actually it is a perennial if it does not freeze! (Had not known that!)
One of the little gardens is called "A Spot of Tea" in which we have some garden teas growing in ground (like Bee Balm - Monarda - and Lemon Balm) while 6-8 herbal teas grow in larger tea cup planters. A little furniture set of a scrolled white metal - table, 2 chairs and love seat - welcomes play time for pretend tea parties.
Hmmmm...getting antsy for some garden activity!! =)
Thanks, Amber. A reader has private messaged me with the possibility of shipping some seedlings that have grown under the tea plant that her grandmother had originally installed. Wouldn't THAT be fun? We'll see if it happens.
Thanks for the leads. I've not been too serious about locating them but it's time to GET serious!! =)
I've asked a friend who travels to Lancaster County, PA (Amish country) to try to get 6-12 tobacco plants. I've never seen them up close. We DO grow ornamental flowering nicotiana because of its pattern of its delightful fragrance in the evening. Each year the Garden changes a bit.