Pink Trees and Cherry Tea!


Happy Spring,

Dear Friends!

Today, I am steeping one of my favourite teas – Kyoto Cherry Rose scented with natural cherry and rose flavours.  It is pale yellow in colour with a heavenly aroma and sweet taste.

Would you like a cuppa in my prized vintage China pattern? “Apple Blossom” is a stunning profusion of pink-petaled apple trees.  I LOVE this pattern!  I found it when I wasn’t looking at a roadside antiques barn while vacationing on Prince Edward Island a few summers ago! It was such a thrilling and unexpected find. Isn’t that always the way! I think I must have danced right out the door with my newspaper-wrapped bundles of joy! I hope one day to stumble across a matching teapot to complete the set.  I will just have to keep on treasure hunting…

I LOVE this pattern’s history in that it was insightfully commissioned in the early 1960’s by the Chair of Nova Scotia’s Apple Blossom Festival, then in just its second year. This enduring pattern is an artist’s rendition of springtime in Annapolis Valley when the apple blossoms are exploding all over the countryside. All these years later, the festival remains a much-loved annual tradition there.

I LOVE, too, pink-flowering trees! But you probably could have guessed that already? Each spring, I make a special pilgrimage to a particular street in the heart of our city that is lined with gracious century-old homes on handsome, mature lots.  One home on the street stands out from the rest.  Along its perimeter marches a legion of stately Japanese Cherry trees.  Their entangled branches, thickly laden with exquisite fluffy pink blooms, reach way out over the hefty black fence that rings the property, and bend down to the street like low-hanging frothy clouds of cotton candy!  Delicious, pure pink abundance!  My feet and heart always dance together at the sight.  It makes my day every time!

P1070224Wherever these frothy pink specimens grow in abundance, there is an intense ‘Bloom Watch’ and visitors queue by the hundreds to see the magic of the cherry trees unfurl in a fleeting spectacular show of renewal. Their pink vapour of nature’s perfection fill the landscapes with intense beauty, wonderment and emotion.

To the Japanese, the fallen petals of the cherry blossom symbolize a soldier who has died in battle long before his time. But Spring blooms also represent strength, rebirth and hope for the future…

Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow!” She was so right about that. To plant pink trees is to beautify our communities and to help grow a future without breast cancer…I believe! The seeds of Pink Days In Bloom’s “The Pink Tree Project” in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region are just beginning to be sowed…

Those of you who have been following my blog for some time already may know that I am a breast cancer “Thriver” and that when I was on medical leave a few years ago recovering from treatments, I decided to combine my love of gardening with the overwhelming need to do something, anything, to help fight this disease in some way…

0001GpHere are several links to some of the articles about Pink Days In Bloom in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region that appeared in our local newspaper last year. It’s a bit of a story and I think these next few articles probably best summarize how the seed was first planted and how it has continued to grow and flourish with the support of an amazing group of like-minded, dedicated volunteers and a caring business community:
PHOTO:  Pink Days In Bloom’s Signature Garden Faeries ‘Hope’ and ‘Invincibelle’ with O’Brien’s Boat Tours‘ mermaid mascot, Miss Shell, during ‘Pink Days In Bloom On the Sea!’ in the Town of Bay Bulls last summer…
The Empress Hotel’s world- famous Tea Lobby is a glorious place to enjoy a spot of tea!  You can see some photos of this grand lady in my previous post, THE ELEGANT EMPRESS.
During “Pink Tree Day in the Park” and “Tea Sea-to-Sea” on June 8, at the same hour that we will be planting a pink-flowering tree in Bowring Park, one of our city’s most cherished parks, here St. John’s, Newfoundland on Canada’s East Coast, our dear friends at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia on the Country’s West Coast will also plant a pink “sister” tree on their hotel grounds.
And, while we are celebrating and FUNdRaising over tea and champagne at The Bungalow, The Empress team will host a Pink Days In Bloom Tea of their own and “Sip in Support”. Isn’t that AWESOME!  
On June 8th, you, too, can pick up your cup in support, whether on your iPad, in the office, at the kitchen table, by the pool or wherever you happen to be via a Virtual Tea!  I would love it if you could join us. Simply brew your favourite cuppa and click:  cbcf.org/GetInvolved/Donate.  Ask your family, friends and co-workers to join in, too. It’s that easy!
For TWITTER LOVERS:  On June 8th, Tweet about your tea experience at #PinkDaysInBloom and your Tweets can be seen by guests of The Empress on a screen near their world-famous Tea Lobby, bringing us all even closer together in ‘growing’ a future without breast cancer!
I am so excited about this next beautiful event! THANK YOU to our dear friends at The Empress for sharing in the cause! Please show them your LOVE! ‘Like’ The Empress on Facebook. Or, visit them at Fairmont.com/Empress-Victoria to discover their fabulous get-away packages and legendary afternoon teas…If you haven’t visited The Empress and Victoria yet, it’s a must to add to your bucket list!
Read all about this exciting and meaningful event below! I hope it will help explain why I have been away from my blog these past few months!
I have met so many beautiful people on this journey. Thank you Proven Winners for the ‘Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea’ – a tough plant that is working hard to find a cure, to all the committed volunteers and amazing supporters.  Without you, it would not be possible.  It means so very much to me and so many others. XO  I hope you will join us wherever you are on June 8th for pink trees and cherry tea and for HOPE, AWARENESS AND SUPPORT!
I hope you enjoy the photos of pretty china and the pink tree cookies made by my sweet friend Maria of Petite Sweet! Thank you so much for taking precious time out of your day to visit with me. Please leave your beautiful footprint to let me know that yo were here, and so I can visit you in return!  XO
Wishing you a beautiful day and Happy Mother’s Day weekend,


 Please ‘Like’ Pink Days In Bloom on Facebook.


P1070144P1070147P1070151P1070163P1070153A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water. – Ancient Chinese proverb



Hope yours is a blue-sky kind of day…

I’m happy to be sharing today in honour of Mother’s Day at Inspiration Monday, Make It Pretty Monday, Tea Time Tuesday, Return to LovelinessMartha’s Favourite, The Scoop, Inspire Me Tuesday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Do Tell Tuesday, What’s It Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Wake UpWednesdayWhat We Accomplished Wednesday, Before and After WednesdayHope in Every SeasonCottage Style Party, Home and Garden Thursday, Share Your Cup Thursday, Simple and Sweet FridayFeathered Nest Friday,  Show and Tell Friday, Fabulously Creative Friday, Shabbilicious Friday, Saturday Show OffWhat To Do WeekendsPink SaturdayThe Charm of Home, Bouquet of Talent!

  1. Mary Andrews
    2014/05/10 at 11:40 am

    Hi Linda
    Beautiful pictures and fabulous concept for your newest project in the park. I am part of the group of women who are re-activating the YWCA in St. John’s and tomorrow at the Rocket Room, we are having a Mother’s Day Tea. It is more a way to get the message out that the YW is back stronger than ever (than a fundraiser) and a way to celebrate Mothers at the same time. Your friend Susan Sharpe is being very generous with her time and talents. When I get through this week (we have just gotten back from visiting the ‘€œOntario family’ for five weeks, so we are still in catch up mode), I would love to connect…Have you retired? Maybe we could enjoy a cup. Hope everything is well with you and yours on this sunny morning…

  2. 2014/05/12 at 9:57 pm

    This is a stunning post! Your china is just wonderful and I have never seen anything even close to it. No wonder you were dancing!

  3. 2014/05/12 at 11:37 pm

    The pink blossom teacups are perfect to go along with the Pink Tree Project. I planted the Invincibelle hydrangea when it came out and I’m hoping my Beauty of Moscow lilac will be established enough to have flowers this year.

  4. bethnpenn
    2014/05/13 at 8:09 am

    What a lovely post today. As a BC survivor I appreciate so much all the work being done.
    I absolutely love the fairy costumes!

    • 2014/05/13 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Beth!
      Thank you for visiting me and for leaving your lovely comment here. I hope you are doing well and that you will ‘Like’ Pink Days In Bloom on Facebook where you will find tons of gorgeous images and beautiful inspiration. Blessings to you and your family. Please keep in touch!

  5. 2014/05/13 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Linda,
    I love the history of this pattern! I adore Blossom Time china and I have one plate. I am keeping my eye out for a teacup too. My aunt has a whole set of this beautiful pattern and I ooh and ahh over it every time I see it. What a find on PEI! Your post is so pretty and filled with inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us and joining me for tea. Hope you have a delightful day.


  6. 2014/05/13 at 5:47 pm

    Happy Pink Saturday, Linda. I am so glad you joined us this weekend, and I hope you will be back often. I am thrilled to read that you are a thriver. Your post is filled with beauty and inspiration. It touched my heart.♥ Thank you for sharing.

  7. 2014/05/15 at 2:02 pm

    Such a beautiful tea in honor of breast cancer awareness. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 2014/05/15 at 2:31 pm

    Linda I will feature this today at Home Sweet Home!

    • 2014/05/15 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Sherry!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment and for sharing at The Charm of Home’s “Home Sweet Home” linky party #170! I really appreciate your helping to get the word out about this upcoming coast-to-coast event and enjoy your blog!

  9. 2014/05/15 at 10:54 pm

    I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Today I received word that all 6 of the genes they tested for mutations came back normal, good news for me, and my children. They are going to test 12 more newer genes related to breast cancer. Trying to learn why I got it at 36, might never know why, but I want to be educated for my kids. Your pics are lovely, and the event looks amazing. Congratulations on being an amazing survivor. Hope to see you at the Anything Goes linky tomorrow. http://www.bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

  10. Pondside
    2014/05/17 at 11:29 am

    What a wonderful idea. I will get some friends together to go to the Empress – heading off now to look for details.

  11. 2014/05/18 at 11:19 am

    So many wonderful things in one amazing post! The dishes are just gorgeous, and the cookies are over the top, but the work that you are doing with breast cancer is what is truly inspiring. God speed, I pray we find a cure soon.

    • 2014/05/18 at 11:26 am

      Thanks, Patti! Your enthusiasm encourages me.
      And, YES, please together we CAN do this. I really believe that.
      What’s It Wednesday is so much fun. LOVE your spring door!
      Blessings to you,

  12. 2014/05/19 at 12:04 am

    I’m so behind in visiting. Thank you for coming to my blog and seeing my apple blossom post. Yours is beautiful, and I didn’t know the history behind the china. Those fairy costumes are so delightful! The cookies are gorgeous! What a great idea about planting trees, too. It was inspiring to hear your story.

  13. katelaineransom
    2014/05/19 at 12:39 pm

    LOVE the teacup- gorgeous pink blossoms – I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  14. katelaineransom
    2014/05/21 at 5:56 pm

    Beautiful! Perfectly pink post – I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday.

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