Tea Plant – Camellia Sinensis.
It’s really been a long time since I last made blooming branches. I even thought I reached my saturation point after constantly quilling them years ago and that I will have to stay away from anything even resembling a twig. But then Spring comes and one is mercilessly hit in the face with pretty blooms and tender leaves. I guess there is no resisting that, so I obediently taken out my paper strips and trusty wire and began to quill away.
I wanted to try something different than the classic apple and cherry branches, which I feel have been overdone in the quilling world (guilty as charged!) and unfortunately fail to inspire me anymore. To be honest, I don’t remember how I came to decide upon the tea plant. All I know is that I fell in love with its little white flowers and bright yellow stamens. Plus, I love me some green tea! 🙂
After a little bit of reading, I learned that the tea plant is actually a species of Camellia, namely the Camellia Sinensis. Two varieties of Camellia Sinensis are used for commercially producing tea: var. Sinensis and var. Assamica. Black tea, green tea, yellow tea, white tea, and oolong are all harvested from these, the difference being the degree of oxidation of the leaves. Various methods are used to promote and then stop the oxidation at certain levels, specific to each type of tea. The fully oxidized leaves become black tea and the least oxidized become green tea. There really is a fascinating journey from the fresh leaves to the finished product. I will definitely begin to appreciate and enjoy more each cuppa!
The flowers measure approximately 2.5cm in diameter. They should be life-size according to the information I found on the internet. I never had the pleasure of seeing a tea plant in reality, so pictures were my only guide. I don’t know what I will eventually do with the two branches, they will probably end up in a frame with other flowers.
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