Ah, the goodness, the welcome delight, a fresh backyard garden to enjoy and delight. Flowers with fragrance fill the air, with sweet summer scents, to draw you back there. A rose is a dainty, admired for it’s beauty, but beneath that colorful coat, lies a secret kept neatly. It’s worth in it’s petals fill the air, with a scent so aromatic we gather it with care. Brilliant on it’s stem, it holds it’s head brightly, filling it’s container with blossoms, so sprightly. Gathering the petals, so soft to the touch, for a dainty delicacy, there’s not very much.
An added abundance to fill the larder, flowers are growing, but the work is much harder. Smaller and precious, they fill their space, with fragrance, color, and beauty in their place. Dainty and delightful, smelling so divine, I pluck the petals that grow on the vine. The air in the house is sweet perfume, and extracting the essential oils clutters the room.
The recipes prove, there are plenty of us, gathering flowers, for their values is a must. We eat the good ones, gathered with care, to try a dish of culinary rare. Some salads, some biscuits, some chocolate too, a craving of harvesting a plant or two. This sweet tart taste is the treat of the day, we sit and enjoy rose petal sorbet.
The gathering of flowers, even the dead headed ones, is as fragrant and blissful as these moments become. A headful of perfume, as the passing rose, still lingers its fragrance in my nose. The smell lingers in the air, aromatherapy is here, I wake each morning to it’s presence so dear. Lovely to look at, delightful to hold, there’s something special about the rose.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
August 18, 2017