Today, I am sharing pictures of flowers in bloom in my part of the South. I have admitted before that I am not a gardener but I do like to have something blooming in my yard most of the time. I am also sharing a recipe for Sweet Tea. It just seemed appropriate to share the tea recipe as it is a favored beverage in the South and as part of my offering of Southern Hospitality today, I would be remiss not to offer you a glass of iced tea.
The picture below is a traditional colored crepe myrtle that is so popular all over the South. It is in my side yard and doesn’t get as much sun as the lavender tree in the front yard.
Boarding House Iced Tea
From Mrs. Wilkes Famous Recipes Cookbook (As Much As I Love The Food At Mrs. Wilkes In Savannah, I Especially Enjoy Her Sweet Tea)
3 family size tea bags, Orange Pekoe, black cut (tetley) or 6 small (single serving) bags
Place tea bags in crockery jar or pot. Pour 2 pints of boiling water over bags (cover). Let stand about 5 minutes and drain into serving container. Add about 2 pints of tap water. While tea is still warm, add 1 scant cup of sugar. Fill tall glass with ice and pour tea over ice. Serve with slice of lemon. Makes 1/2 gallon.
This is another view of the lavender crepe myrtle that is blooming in the front flower bed of our house. It had very short limbs when we moved into this house six year ago but now the limbs are longer and flow from the center of the tree.