rose bud tea

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I have been told that these lovely old fashioned roses are over 85 years old and have been growing in our yard on the side of the house since the home was owed by the mayor of our town between 1932 - 1937. We have three bushes, this salmon one, a cream one and a light pink. I love how fragrant they are and look forward to their blooms! This year, our daughter picked these and we decided to press some petals for future spells and charm bottles. I may even use some for incense! 

TEA TIME

I wasn’t gonna post this but several people told me I should, sooooo… why the heck not? It’s not art, but that hasn’t stopped me before. Thanks to @happyleech and @heronfoot for helping me (and also listening to me ramble about tea for about 3 hours, hAHA). Also, I’m biased these are all based on my own tea experiences because it’s really hard to judge/understand a tea if you haven’t tried it yourself.


The team tea party had a gradual start, when Reinhardt decided to join Ana while she was having her usual afternoon tea in the communal kitchen. Later that same week, drawn by the laughter, Torbjörn joined the two with his fourth cup of coffee that day. Others soon trickled in after that, until it became a daily event where everyone joined together for afternoon tea at 4 PM sharp – as an attempt at a sense of consistency. In reality, it changes depending on everyone’s schedule; they’re never quite sure if it’ll be a quiet day with just two or three agents or a boisterous one with the entire group together. (It was also an opportunity to introduce everyone to different teas and drinks from around the world.) Winston made sure to keep the tradition of afternoon tea after he initiated the Recall.

Ana: She enjoys rose bud tea with its light, flowery flavor. It’s relaxing and pleasant to sip during downtime. She likes other teas made from flowers too, but this one is her favorite.

Bastion: Obviously, they don’t drink tea, but they do enjoy sitting with the team and listening to everyone talk.

D.va: She likes roasted almond (with bits added, like apple pieces, etc.) sweetened with honey or rock sugar. She usually likes any fruity teas with honey (she has a strong sweet tooth, after all).

Genji: He likes golden pu-erh. It’s earthy (down-to-earth like him, you could say), but not bitter like normal pu-erh. When he was younger, he hated tea and would gulp down the matcha his family drank every day - now he makes sure to savor it with small sips.

Hanzo: Green matcha, unsurprisingly. He grinds it himself and does the traditional Japanese tea ceremony as well, which he finds relaxing. Sometimes he’ll drink regular sencha tea when he’s in a bit of a rush.

Junkrat: Boba tea, half sweet, of course. Any fruit flavor is fine, but he’s partial to strawberry. If they can’t buy it for whatever reason, then Roadhog usually makes it for him because Junkrat can’t be trusted around stoves.

Lúcio: He drinks yerba mate, preferably using the traditional gourd ceremony. As a child in Brazil, he would often get mate leaves from a local farm, to make and pass it around with friends and family; and of course, he still loves to share it with new friends. Sometimes he likes it with a dash of milk. It always reminds him of home.

McCree: Lapsang souchong (smoked black tea) sweetened with sugar and cream when he’s not feeling like coffee. Apple chai rooibos with some woody pu-erh and cinnamon mixed in, when he wants something lighter or sweeter. Both make him think of life as a vaquero in the desert, on a little farm far away from civilization, something he thinks he’d like to do if he ever actually retires.

Mei: She enjoys jasmine green the most, which is strong and flowery, like her. She brews tea using the Gongfu tea ceremony and loves to share with her friends. It was a good bonding experience with her team in Antarctica, and it helped warm them all up – and it’s always a good ice breaker when meeting new people. She does it less after losing her friends.

Mercy: Chrysanthemum, chamomile, lavender, rose buds, hibiscus, echinacea, dandelion, nettle – anything flowery or herbal, which she loves to share with anyone who will drink it. She doesn’t particularly like black tea.

Pharah: She’ll drink whatever will give her the best pick-me-up, which used to be black coffee, but she grew partial to guayusa when Lúcio introduced it to the team. When she’s actually interested in flavor, she likes spicy chai with cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon topped with a little milk.

Reaper: He likes black tea with extra cream and sugar and a bunch of different mixings: caramel, almond, chocolate chip, vanilla, pumpkin spice, peppermint, candy cane – but separately, not all together. He’d rather drink Mexican hot chocolate, though. He stopped making them after joining Talon, and now Sombra does it for him.

Reinhardt: When he’s not chugging alcohol, likes rooibos or honeybush sweetened with honey or sugar cane, with some extra dried fruit or flowers added in (he likes his drinks very sweet, just like he is). He drinks it often in his downtime with Ana, and they like to share.

Roadhog: Anything sweet or flavorful; he’s not picky about flavors and doesn’t really care. It usually ends up being whatever Junkrat gets for him when they get boba tea.

Soldier 76: He drinks roasted barley tea when he needs a substitute for black coffee, with added things like carob and roasted chicory root. He doesn’t use cream or sugar – but he likes to use stevia leaves when he wants something sharply sweet. (Some people think he’s a weirdo for using sugar but not cream.) He drinks tea and coffee for the taste and out of habit, not the caffeine - he doesn’t need it, not after the Soldier Enhancement Program.

Sombra: She likes peppermint tea (she loves peppermint flavored anything) sweetened with honey, cane sugar, or stevia leaves, and maybe with a dash of chocolate or other flavors added in. She’s the one who makes the tea and Mexican hot chocolate for Widowmaker and Reaper because they won’t do it themselves (she makes it better than they do anyways).

Symmetra: She drinks tulsi (holy basil), which she grows herself whenever she can. She also likes light teas, particularly white teas like silver needle, or whatever Mercy is sharing at the time. On a good day, she might enjoy chai with cream but no added sugar. (An extra thing: It’s not a tea, but she won’t drink bhang.)

Torbjörn: He likes dandelion tea for the taste. He lets it seep until it gets cold, taking sips while he works – but he would rather drink strong black coffee. His wife sends him care packages with teas from all over the world, which he shares with the team.

Tracer: Unsurprisingly, before joining Overwatch, she liked regular black tea with cream, sugar, and a dash of lemon, and not much else. Once introduced to the world of teas by the team, she found she likes a whole variety of different kinds. She’s not picky, and she’ll  gladly try anything.

Widowmaker: On good days, she drinks white teas, particularly Baihao Yinzhen (silver needle) and Bai Mudan (white peony). She used to drink black teas in the morning instead of coffee, before joining Talon. She only drinks it now because Sombra makes it for her.

Winston: He likes fruit teas sweetened with a lot of honey or sugar, and sometimes with hibiscus added. He drinks a lot of it; it helps curb his peanut butter cravings a little.

Zarya: She likes Russian Caravan tea best (a blend of oolong, keemun, and lapsang souchong), sweetened with a little cream. She always drinks it after training, as a little reward for all the hard work she put in.

Zenyatta: He obviously doesn’t drink it, but he learned how to make it for others who can. He was the one who taught Genji how to properly make tea (because it’s a bit more than pouring boiling-hot water over leaves). He makes the best tea in all of Overwatch and has memorized everyone’s favorite kinds. He uses the opportunity to talk with others while he brews and shares it. (He won’t say it aloud, but he does wish he could try it too.)

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Roses and Clematis around my garden this afternoon:

Top: Clematis ‘Twilight’ still going bananas on that obelisk.

Second Row, Left: Mystery pink hybrid tea rose that pre-dates our living here. It must have been planted awhile ago, though, because its trunk is bigger around than my wrist!

Second Row, Right: ‘Veilchenblau’ climbing rose. The flowers are very tiny, but it is a fast grower, so if you are looking for a climber that won’t take a long time to establish, this is a good option.

Bottom, Left: ‘Nostalgia’ hybrid tea rose bud. Note how the areas relatively untouched by the sunlight are still white. Beautiful color-changing bi-color rose. My favorite!

Bottom, Right: ‘Handel’ climbing rose putting out a lovely bloom in spite of aphid attacks. I’ve had to kill aphids off all my roses daily, which sucks big time.