For Marilyn Mirabelli, tea sommelier and blogger extraordinaire, these Amaryllis flowers:
My way of saying: welcome back!
Marilyn injured her foot last fall, and has steadily been working at her recovery.
Marilyn — you may recall — is the Canadian grande dame of tea and I was delighted that she read my book. Her tea company, Simply Splendid Victorian Afternoon Teas even created an apple cake in my honour.
Then, last summer, I fretted about an upcoming interview on national radio to everyone who would listen to my wimpy whining.
Marilyn knew that the interview would likely stir up very painful memories. She kindly offered to be nearby. And she created an afternoon tea party for the CBC Radio team and me after the interview. It was the perfect thing to do.
Marilyn: we have missed your posts about tea and tea lovers, as well as your comments on this blog.
These flowers are to say: we wish you a full return to both afternoon tea and blogging — soon.
p.s. The Amaryllis bulbs may re-bloom next winter, if I let the leaves grow after blooming, through the summer months. I stop watering in late August, let the leaves dry, then store the bulbs in a cool dark place for 3 months. Doesn’t always work, mind you, but these enormous flowers are great in the pot or a vase, and are an inexpensive jolt of colour in winter.