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|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.
I 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.
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.
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?
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