I saw snowdrops blooming today! And the "dawn chorus" of birds isdefinitely swelling. My neighbor is planting peas tomorrow - he has real soil and the air temperatures have been in the 50s and 60s. I am going to try some "Tom Thumb" peas in one of my containers, we have quite literally 3 inches of topsoil over gravel and I will try to plant perennials, but I am not doing a full fledged garden.. I guess we are having an early spring.
I got some Yunnans from Upton's and today's is their ZY47 China Yunnan Imperial Gen Ben Shi. It is billed as a "classic" Yunnan. The dry leaves are very crinkled, mostly black, with some gold buds. It has a deep, nutty, woodsy smell, with a bit of roasted eggplant thrown in. I brewed it for 5 minutes with boiling water, which yielded a very dark brown brew, which again smelled wonderfully nutty and toasty.
The tea has some spice in it, as well as the nuts and toasted/roastedness. There is also a definite vegetal edge - almost an autumnal edge to it. It is hearty, but delicate, you really have to close your eyes and concentrate on the subtle nuances. This is a little difficult to do, as it is a very smooth tea. It is only when I held the tea in my mouth for a bit that I noticed there was also a bit of astringency - just enough to be piquant. An altogether very nice tea indeed.
My cousins are coming for a few days and I need to really scrub my house - one is quite allergic to cats and we have 4 of the little darlings. Wouldn't you know that the kitties who never sleep in the guest room, have all gone in there to sleep all this week? Cats, who can figure?