An early spring plant tour and tea giveaway

by Danielle Charles

Lately I’m finding it harder than ever to get myself sitting inside at the computer to write. It’s just been so lovely this past week, that it takes nearly all my will-power to get myself to do anything other than wander around looking at things in a state of complete bewilderment and awe. It really is very dangerous, actually.  Yesterday I nearly fell into the ditch gazing up at sugar maple in full flower  (hopefully no one else witnessed that),  and then today I came very close to getting run over by a truck while photographing a dandelion! Oh the dangers of being an herbalist…

So for those of you who have already been through this honeymoon phase of spring, you shall have to bear with me.  I am spellbound and in a constant fluster of blissful agitation, afraid to close my eyes for a moment lest I should miss one of spring’s many charms.   It’s a force that can’t be reckoned with. And under the influence of such a force, I can hardly be expected to say anything sensible. So today you get photos.

For it does seem, in only the blink of an eye, that spring has worked its transformative magic over the landscape. Each day my jaw drops at the progress of the leaves and I gaze in complete astonishment as the glimmer of green makes its way up the mountainside nearly before my eyes:

People may argue that fall is the heyday for trees, but I might argue that spring is even more fantastic – though you have to look a little more closely to see:



Choke cherry

Sugar maple

Red maple


Pussy willow

It’s easy, as you can see, to always being looking up with all these beautiful tree flowers to see. But looking down is just as rewarding with all the spring ephemerals to glance in the woodlands:

Trout Lily

Red Trillium

Painted trillium

And the lovely weedy wonders and cultivated flowers:



The beloved dandelion


There you have it, and you can see why a person might not want to blink for the month of May. There is so much to see, and so little time to see it!!

On another note, this is my 100th post on The Teacup Chronicles!  It’s been such an amazing experience creating this blog, and I could never have imagined that through these 100 posts, I’d learn so much and meet so many lovely  people the world over.  I’ve decided to celebrate by giving away a canister of my NOURISH tea (a vitamin, mineral and antioxidant rich blend ) in the first ever Teacup Chronicles give-away as a thank you to my readers for all your wonderful support and heart warming comments. It’s one of my favorite spring drinks – green, revitalizing and deeply nourishing.

To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment on this post, and I’ll draw the names out of a hat one week from today. The can is actually a limited edition (hehe) as I’ve had to change my company name (a very long and uninteresting story about jumping through bureaucratic hoops). Anyway, my online etsy shop is still in the works after some unforeseen delays, and the second I’ve got it up and running, you’ll be the first to know.

Thank you for reading and happy spring!