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I’m very happy to report that the mini fruit trees in my sun room are starting to bloom!! Yay!! The Key Lime tree has buds emerging & the first one opened today. There isn’t much in the way of fragrance, the flowers on that tree don’t fill the house with their essence like the Meyer Lemon does. But it’s so nice to see them! The Olive tree has clusters of flower buds emerging along all of it’s branches! It’s the newest member of my little group, & I’m very excited about it! The Meyer Lemon hates winter & also hates being indoors, so it’s not a happy camper right now. It’s also in need of a pruning. The Kumquat is covered with fat juicy fruits. If you’ve never had one, they are the size of a large olive, but basically they are a miniature orange. They ripen during the winter, & I eat one or 2 a week, as a special treat & source of vitamin C. No flowers blooming there yet, but I can see signs that it’s thinking about it. :)

I finally got a chance to try short steepings of this tea. It’s beautiful, with big sturdy buds in shades of Gold, rust, & a light charcoal highlight. The aroma is really that of Honey, like raw honeycomb, straight from the hive, & sweet malt. Flavorwise, it’s like Imperial Mojiangs brother, with some similarities but a more robust profile, if that makes sense. There’s a beautiful honey & pollen taste, especially on the tip of the tongue, a rich maltiness like a bowl of maltomeal, nice thick mouth, & great energy!
5G + 4oz tiny teapot (rinse) X 15/30/45sec/1min/etc…

boychik

congrats on blooming! i love Kumquat and can eat the whole box

caile

Your sunroom sounds beautiful!

Terri HarpLady

I have a rule regarding the kumquats in my house, which is that I’m the only one allowed to eat them, unless I offer somebody one. I know that sounds incredibly selfish, but like the ‘little red hen’, I do all the work taking care of the plants around here. Also, when I first brought the tree home it was covered with fruits, & one of my sons was very excited & immediately started popping them in his mouth like they were going out of style. In a matter of moments he would have desecrated/dessimated the tree, so I started the rule. Originally it was something like, “you may eat one each week”, but some people have no sense of control, plus they look ripe & sweet long before they actually are. They are usually still fairly sour until right around my birthday, & people who sneak one before then decide maybe they don’t really like them after all…it’s my little secret…sweet comes to those who wait. :)

boychik

So true;)

MsWhatsit

It’s the lengthening days, I think, that are getting your plants so excited. I’m having a similar response from the plants in my windowsills, only without the fruit.

Terri HarpLady

Yup, & even though it’s pretty cold here today, it’s sunny in my sunroom!

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boychik

congrats on blooming! i love Kumquat and can eat the whole box

caile

Your sunroom sounds beautiful!

Terri HarpLady

I have a rule regarding the kumquats in my house, which is that I’m the only one allowed to eat them, unless I offer somebody one. I know that sounds incredibly selfish, but like the ‘little red hen’, I do all the work taking care of the plants around here. Also, when I first brought the tree home it was covered with fruits, & one of my sons was very excited & immediately started popping them in his mouth like they were going out of style. In a matter of moments he would have desecrated/dessimated the tree, so I started the rule. Originally it was something like, “you may eat one each week”, but some people have no sense of control, plus they look ripe & sweet long before they actually are. They are usually still fairly sour until right around my birthday, & people who sneak one before then decide maybe they don’t really like them after all…it’s my little secret…sweet comes to those who wait. :)

boychik

So true;)

MsWhatsit

It’s the lengthening days, I think, that are getting your plants so excited. I’m having a similar response from the plants in my windowsills, only without the fruit.

Terri HarpLady

Yup, & even though it’s pretty cold here today, it’s sunny in my sunroom!

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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St. Louis, MO

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http://www.harpsinger.net

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