The new issue of Country Gardens magazine has arrived, and there are two articles I think will be of special interest to fellow tea lovers. First, I always enjoy seeing the sweet garden sheds that typically are featured on the cover, but I did not realize until I read this article that the cover structure is in fact a "tea cottage." Lovely!
This tea cottage is in Louisville, Kentucky, so of course I'm hoping my Kentucky friend Linda will discover a connection to the homeowner and wrangle a visit so we can have a more in-depth peek inside. I loved seeing the pink ruffle dishes, which the article says the owner once used to celebrate her daughters' birthdays when they were little girls.
The other fun article in this issue is about Flora Danica. Are you familiar with this pattern? I wasn't until I read about it a few years ago. I can't imagine I will ever own a piece, but since this tableware from Royal Copenhagen is considered the most prestigious in the world, I figured I should at least add Flora Danica to my teaware vocabulary! This article features a Maine woman whose father actually painted Flora Danica wares in Copenhagen, and I was fascinated to learn of the work that goes into all these botanical designs. The sweetest part of the story is that she didn't have a complete demitasse service and hinted that she wanted her husband to find her the missing pieces for her birthday. When the set arrived, she turned it over to find that it was signed by her late father. So if you're into tea cottages or collect Flora Danica—or perhaps you're just a dreamer like myself—this is an issue of Country Gardens you're likely to enjoy.