Love Is In Bloom

Welcome to the Authors In Bloom Blog Hop!

Spring is in the air and so is the scent of delightful flowers that are blooming. Natural aromatherapy is wafting on the breeze!A dear friend, long since departed, once said, “flowers represent the innocence of the earth.” I have come to believe her insight. Flowers are pure, vibrant with color, complex designs and shapes, and provide us with the ever evolving plant medicine such as aromatherapy, flower essences, and vibrational energy healing.

I’ve always been inspired by the lore of fairies and how they tend to flowers, bushes and trees. There is no doubt that certain smells trigger different memories for each of us.

For instance, when jasmine ripples through the window on balmy night air, I think of pleasant evenings spent in an exotic Caribbean hideaway, or the romance and intrigue of India.

Orange reminds me of my childhood, when my “perfume of choice” was cheery, bright, sunny orange blossom. I lived in Florida, home of countless orange groves. It was a happy, sunny, light-hearted time in my life so whenever I smell orange blossom today it triggers joy and that elusive sense of ‘good times’ thanks to my experiences with these flowers.

To Kiss a LeprechaunI recently wrote a novella called To Kiss A Leprechaun. It takes place in Ireland in the spring time. What glorious bursts of flowers and leaves of all colors and varieties decorate the Irish landscape, thanks to the magical fairies that tend to all things green with love and delight.

Eating flowers is a sensuous and enchanting experience, and we don’t do nearly enough of it in my opinion. Recently I bought rose syrup and lavender syrup, and pour them over all sorts of things from blueberry waffles to coconut ice cream.

Here are a few edible flowery favorites, chosen by color, of course!

Yellow is Dandelion, Orange is Calendula Marigold, Pink and White are Rose or Carnation, Fuchsia for Purple and Red, Lavender, Lilacs and Violets for the lighter shades of Purple. Can you imagine anything prettier than Pansies in your salad? They taste divine!

Remember, only eat flowers you know are pesticide free, were grown as edible flowers and make sure you wash them thoroughly and blot them dry. If in doubt, don’t eat them!

Here’s a luxurious refreshing recipe for the spring and summer season:

Rose Garden Salad

5 cups of green, red and purple lettuces, dandelions, wild greens, spinach, Boston lettuce, mustard greens or whatever other greens you prefer. Just make it a good mix and toss well.

1 cup frozen (cooked) peas or fresh if you have them.

1 cup of fresh basil leaves

¼ cup of pine nuts (optional)

The petals of one rose (the stronger the scent the stronger the flavor)


Equal measures of approximately. 1 Tablespoon each of honey, plain or honey yogurt, olive oil, rose syrup. Mince a garlic clove and mix it in. Taste, and if you like, add the juice of half a lemon.


Wash all greens and leafy ingredients and tear them into a bowl. Add peas, sliced basil leaves, pine nuts and about half the rose petals. Mix the dressing ingredients, pour over the salad and toss well.

Bon appetit!

Edible Flower Tips:

Violets are edible, but African Violets are not considered actual violets and are not edible. Please don’t make this mistake. If you want to get into edible flowers, research the topic before you start eating flowers or offering them to others in dishes you create.

Gardening Tip:

There is rhyme and reason to how you plant your garden, just like you think about how to seat your guests at a dinner party. In the same way we seek harmony at the table, some plants enjoy being near each other more than others. Check into the topic of Companion Planting.


Marigolds protect tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and roses from many pests.

Chives protect your roses from many pests.

Radishes can help protect cucumbers

Peppermint can deter ants

Yarrow attracts ladybugs, and ladybugs eat tons of pests that destroy your plants…


There is so much more, and it is a natural and fascinating way to protect your baby plants so they can grow big and nourish you and your family.


Thanks for reading my post! How magical is your garden? Do you have a green thumb or do you get your herbs, veggies and edible flowers from the local market?



Authors In Bloom

Visit each author on the list for the Authors in Bloom Hop!

1. Dianne Venetta (INTL)
2. Rose Anderson
3. Margay Leah Justice
4. Catherine Chant
5. Amber Kallyn
6. PJ Sharon
7. Kaira Rouda
8. Darcy Flynn (US)
9. Katharina Gerlach
10. Amy Saunders
11. DarcyholicDiversions/Barbara Tiller Cole
12. Sheila Seabrook
13. Mina Khan
14. Caron Rider
15. Lakisha Spletzer
16. Christie Palmer
17. Karl Fields
18. Beverly Nault
19. Shelley Workinger
20. Samantha March
21. Cat Lavoie
22. Anita Hughes
23. Karen Baney
24. Sarah Pekkanen
25. Courtney Vail – Gotta Have YA
26. Lisa Lim
27. Candy Ann Little
28. Lynette Sofras
29. Boys on the Brink
30. Dee S White (INTL)
31. Patti Callahan Henry
32. Elizabeth Allen
33. Maria Geraci
34. Linda Andrews
35. Mary L. Laudien
36. Jencey Gortney
37. Ninette Swann
38. Edie Ramer
39. Kate Copsey
40. Kate Austin
41. Best-Selling author Jennifer Conner
42. Anna Patterson
43. Bestselling Author Danica Winters
44. Sharon Kleve’s Romantic Ramblings
45. Jennie Bentley
46. Leanne Tyler
47. Stacy Juba’s One Stop Reading
48. Gemma Juliana
49. Kara Ashley Dey
50. Dey for Love
51. Sara Walter Ellwood
52. Jennifer Lowery
53. Summer Kinard
54. Tracy Solheim
55. Alexa Grace
56. Teena Stewart
57. Cynthia Vespia – Author of Thrills and Chills
58. Caroline Doherty de Novoa – Dancing with Statues
59. J.D. Faver
60. Laina Turner – Being Fabulous is a Skill
61. Lise Saffran
62. A Cozy Readers Corner

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24 Responses to Love Is In Bloom

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  3. bn100 says:

    Thanks for the recipe

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. Renee B says:

    Thanks for the gardening tips. I love Marigolds and didn’t know that they protect tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries and roses from pests. The same with chives, radishes, and peppermint. I don’t know what Yarrow is but I do like lady bugs. I’ll be checking out companion planting real soon. Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win.
    reneebennett35 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Hi Renee,

      Thanks for stopping here on your hop!
      It’s like garden magic, isn’t it?
      Plants are like people in some ways.
      They find their preferred groups and stick together.
      Enjoy the blog hop!

  5. Mer says:

    Thanks for the tips! My garden’s very basic this year, but maybe next year I’ll throw in some flowers for garnishing. A pansy salad sounds so pretty!

    • Hi Mer,

      I’m going to eat some pansy salads this summer.
      The colors alone will be a feast for the eyes!
      Enjoy blog hopping and thanks for stopping by…

  6. Savannah miller says:

    I never knew Chives protected roses! I will have to start planting mine there I have a really yummy twice baked potato recipes that calls for chives and now I”m really craving it lol!

  7. Sharma Darby says:

    I raise a small veggie garden. I have corn, beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Sharma Darby

    • Sounds like you have a green thumb Sharma.

      There’s great satisfaction from taking your veggies straight from the ground to the kitchen, and you can’t beat the taste.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Jeannie Platt says:

    I have eaten flowers, dandeilions in wine, marigolds in salads, Didn’t know i could eat my favorite flower (lilacs)… Loved your gardening tips on pairing thank you for being part of the hop.

  9. JanD says:

    I haven’t eaten flowers before.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

    • The first time I ate flowers felt very strange, almost like I did something taboo. They are so pretty to look at, why eat them? I got over that quickly. Don’t eat them often, though. I save them for special occasions.

      Thanks for commenting, Jan. Hope you’re having fun on the blog hop.

  10. Thanks for the recipe & the gardening tips! I have eaten flowers before, but haven’t really made any of my own dishes. Must remedy that! Also, will check your To Kiss Series out, sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. sarah p says:

    I would be open to trying edible flowers…. I think your novella looks like a great read, thank you! 🙂
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

  12. Meghan Stith says:

    Mmm… yummy recipe!
    Spring is bloom and I love the flowers that come along with it. The warm weather, the happy people, the blossoming of roses and sunflowers. Sunflowers have to be my favorite flowers. They are so happy reaching towards the sky. Their petals are like eyelids opening wide to look upon the great blue sky above. My mother makes the best cheesy cauliflower soup that I adore in the springtime. It’s thick and creamy and I could easily eat gallons of it!
    Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  13. Thanks for the recipe, looks so good! I’m following you on Twitter and I hope you’ll stop by my post, too!

    ninette.swann at

  14. Daniel M says:

    never done anything with flowers as far as food goes – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  15. I’m going to look for lavender syrup now; I imagine it’s similar to violet mints, which I love. 🙂 Good to *meet* you, Gemma!

  16. Shadow says:

    Great recipes! Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing and being apart of this fantastic hop! 🙂

  17. Gemma Juliana says:

    Congratulations to Sarah for winning the Amazon Gift Card! Thanks to for tweeting about the blog post. Thanks to everyone who participated. -Gemma

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