Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer 2011

The summer has been very hot and dry until now, early August. The ring of pansies photo was taken earlier before the season changed and tastes of drinking the spring's fresh green teas turned to sipping long iced teas. There haven't been too many days in the back yard. The humidex has been in the high 30's and even higher. Tea plants enjoy high humidity but are fussy about their soil, drainage and amount of rainfall. Still, new growing regions are found every year in countries such as Bolivia  and Argentina that are not the traditional countries one thinks of for tea plantations.
I have a thought that maybe these new tea countries will embrace traditional tea culture. Their tea industry orders equipment and labour from countries of  traditional tea producers.  Perhaps, tea art will be transplanted as well as the little tea cultivars. Perhaps their nations will find merit in producing tea as it is high in antioxidants and perhaps their populations will become healthier. Perhaps the world will find peace.