Joy to you and to your garden too. The blessings of spring turn to summertime things, as the fruit sets on the vine. Welcome to summer and to a harvest of plenty, as fruit and vegetables and flowers grow. Smell the aroma, the scent of your haven, a garden is paradise on earth, if it’s laden. Bees and butterflies, birds of a feather, pollinate the flowers of trees and heather. Your garden of earthly delight. A recipe to try something new, a dandelion ripens its head, just for you. The colorful, showy, large yellow flower, is filled with nectar for pollinators to swallow. Lovely and fresh, it’s springtime bouquet, fills our pantry on many a day. Weeds begone, they belong in the past, harvest this flower, they might not last.
Now, in the garden, my roses bloom, a new source of food, has just found room. Flowers and scent, the aroma is perfume, my cooking has escalated to aromatherapy blooms. The delicious petals, the fragrance and color, I dine with delight at my new found wonder. Taste the petals and taste the blooms, flowers are delicious and filled with perfume. Soaps and lotions, smell their scent, we dine in splendor with what the earth sends. Herbs which were weeds, fill our bowls, and flowery syrups delight our souls. Needy and hungry we scrounge for more, as the delectable bites, need time to mature.
Another flower fills the garden quickly. Lilac is a source of food for our pantry. Brilliant and purple it’s showy head, casts spells of flavor upon our heads. Heady and delightful, the flowers of the pantry, change our world from dowdy to fancy. Look at us, look what we dine on! The sumptuous garden of flowers to thrive on. Gourmet for us all, as we ponder our dinner. Calorie count? We’re really not thinner. Jams and syrups, wine and souffle, a delight from the garden, will always make our day. Recipes to share, summer is here, as we wait for the berries to ripen each year. But this year is different, it has a new taste, as flowers and petals garnish our plates. Fragrance and cordials, liqueurs and jams, petals and soaps and aromatic plans. The earth with abundance spreads joy to us. Gather and enjoy, the new harvest is a must.
The tender shoots of weeds to pull, become the salad, we all know. Herbs and flowers with syrupy dressings, are a feast of plants which were pulled as a menace. Come and enjoy, the new harvest is here. Brilliant and colorful, it speaks to our ears. Listen to that sound, from great mother Earth. Eat and be joyous, quench your thirst. A tasty drink, a scone, a tart, will all change our world right from the start.
Eat and be healthy, enjoy the new view, flowers for consumption has just made the news. Carefully selected, a bright sight to behold, in comes the new, to replace the old. Caution to the wind, eat your garden, but be cautious to indulge in only the good ones. Don’t poison yourselves on inedible plants. Eat only what’s good for you, not the bugs and the ants. Eaten correctly and enjoyed wisely, the new bountiful garden will savor your meals. Live wisely.
written by Dr. Louise Hayes
June 27, 2017