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Monday, March 22, 2021

Flowers You Can Eat

When I visit other blogs, my mind buzzes with ideas for posts. So many memories are recalled, or ideas are sparked, when reading about the lives or thinking about the thoughts of others. Today I saw so many words of wisdom, whimsy, and wit! Maybe that's what the "www" in the blog addresses meant today. Even when the subject matter was weighty, the thoughts sparkled. I even did some screenshots because some of the posts were very valuable, I felt, containing memories of the past, or strategies for improving one's life, by quieting and decluttering the mind.


red bud edible flowers


Nature certainly helps me readjust my attitude. 


If you look at the photo above, in the upper right you can see a bit of my car. I just HAD to have that color, "Black Cherry Pearl." Umm-hmmm, really smart choice for a car in the desert...nope...


At the end of our block in Texas, a house had an absolutely fluorescent pink redbud. Our cattycorner neighbor had a very old, very tired redbud, too, but it had a darker tinge to its blossoms. I should have asked for a twig from that hot-pink redbud, and propagated it.

wild redbud blossoms


Here I have found several little "wild" redbuds, at a small medical center. Did you know that redbuds are also called "Pea Pod" trees? Their flowers are edible, as are their "pea pods" and the seeds inside. 

I think the flowers would look pretty in a salad! Or atop some guacamole. 

multi trunked redbud tree bush form blooming in 2021


I have noticed that with most "edible" flowers, you would not want to have seconds...maybe they are acquired tastes...nasturtiums and violets included, although I used to love "sugaring" violets and putting them on cakes. Oxalis (rabbit grass) flowers are delightful, if you love sour things!

But...it is Spring Break here, and so the school is shut, and I am busy having the old-lady version of a slumber party. My slumber party involves actual slumbering! I stay up late to catch up on the blogs and search for new ones, look at stitching and crafting videos on YouTube, and make myself a cup of decaf coffee to enjoy. Then I stitch while "watching" some British mystery or documentary about ancient times, or read a favorite book. I am re-reading "A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece." I am sure someone would want to "cancel" Miss Breece today, and her book would have never been written. But I love it, not only for the lore, but because it is exceedingly interesting, especially when paired with the copious footnotes her great-neice included in the book. What an incredible saga of an older lady in the frozen frontier!

As the clock ticks on, I almost feel giddy that I can read as much as I want! When I get sleepy during my "slumber party," I doze a bit, then awaken and read some more, or even stitch a bit more, then snooze again. It is so delightful to know I can sleep and awaken naturally, with no intrusive alarm.

Do you have your alarm set to a pleasant sound, or to something that will startle you awake? I have a sweet alarm of twittering birds. 

As always, thank'ee for stopping by.

Kind regards,

Olde Dame Holly

26 comments :

  1. My internal alarms awakens me, usually 5:30, today it was 6:30. I like to watch the sun come up, and hear the birds singing and chattering about. It is quiet..humankind are nestled in their beds. I have several hours of peace before everybody elses day starts.

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    1. That sounds delightful! I awaken very early even on little sleep, don't know why that is, but you're right, it's a peaceful time!

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  2. WWW = Wisdom, Whimsy, Wit! I like that!!!! -smile-

    And I like, that you read blogs, ready to appreciate, what others have written.

    Your words, of coming home on quiet streets, paint a lovely word picture. -smile-

    Only flowers I have ever eaten, were nasturtiums, on salad, in a delightful little restaurant... I'd love to eat pink flowers, on anything!!!

    Hooray for your own Spring Break! Do what you want, when you want! By the way, that is what Retirement, is like. -smile- We are old and retired and no alarm clocks for us. -smile-

    This is a delightful post, by the way!!!!!!

    "Miss BB"
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    1. I can't wait until I can retire for good! I am so glad you are enjoying your alarm-clock free lifestyle! You were brave to eat the nasturtiums...I just gingerly bit off the edge of a petal...

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  3. Oh how I wish I awakened early ready to jumpstart the day. Instead I have the bad habit of hitting the snooze button several time. Even though I am retired, I don't want to sleep my life away!

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    1. Don't fight your internal clock! You must need that morning sleep, so enjoy! You do so much in a day already, hook and create so many beautiful things...

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  4. I totally agree with you that the blog posts of others inspires me. It's like Why didn't I think of that?
    I'm another one who wakes up between 5:30 and 6. When it's not too chilly outside I'll put on the coffee and sit on the back porch watching the day begin.
    It's nice that you have this time off ( a week, is it?) to relax before the last months of the school year. Keep on enjoying!!

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    1. Another early bird! What is your secret? Wish I was a natural early bird!

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  5. I have never EVER been a morning person and thought it unfair that life was structured around the schedules of people who are LOL. When I set an alarm, it has to be a blaring type or very, very, loud music....if it is a pleasant sound, I will find a way of working it into one of those semi-conscioius dreams that you have between sleeping and waking. In recent years, though, I have become a very dysfunctional sleeper. As tired as I may be, I cannot seem to sleep...and if I do manage to fall asleep, it isn't for long. I am anxiously awaiting for dark eye circles to become in vogue. I've eaten a variety of "flowers"...pansies, violets, nasturiums, etc. and you're right, they are somewhat of a "once and done" kind of thing. We did enjoy sucking on honeysuckles and purple clover flowers as a child...and wintergreen leaves... Now you're the one bringing back the memories LOL. I love your version of "slumber party"! Enjoy the rest of your spring break! ~Robin~

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    1. I am sorry to hear about the sleep problems. That can wreck your health! I hope it gets better. You may have to seek out a sleep specialist! I had forgotten about honeysuckles, I LOVE them!

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  6. Oh, those pink blossom trees are sooooo pretty. I used to see them every Spring where I used to live lined up gracefully on all the streets. It was such a sight. It's nice to hear that nature helps you in some ways. I haven't had an alarm in a very long time, but can you believe I'm naturally an early bird, and get up as early as 5:00? I love how you mentioned www. Our blog friends certainly have all those traits, don't they? I enjoyed reading your charming post today, Holly. Enjoy your Spring break.

    ~Sheri

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    1. I envy natural early birds like you!...I am suspicious of myself, that I wake up early on days with no work...and am so tired in the morning on days with work...!!! I bet those rows of redbuds were so pretty.

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  7. So pretty I have only eaten violets and nasturtiums and just in a salad. Glad you are enjoying your time off. I am back to work tomorrow after my 3 days off.
    cathy

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    1. Remember that bumper sticker? "I owe, I owe, so off to work I go" ha ha. I am glad you had a little time off!

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  8. I love my redbud tree and its heart shaped leaves. They do grow wild here in Michigan. Never have I eaten flowers, but know there are quite a bit out there to do so. Janice

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    1. I might try one tomorrow...I didn't know they could even grow wild in Michigan! Hardy little tree!

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  9. We once put pansies in a picnic salad. One guest's young son was so distressed he would not eat it, even when the pansies were removed.

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    1. Gracious! Traumatized by a blossom! Kids can be very sensitive.

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  10. The Hannah Breece book sounds intriguing. Especially the part about how it would be cancelled nowadays, lol. I got a Mother Goose book at the thrift store yesterday because I loved the illustrations. When looking at it more carefully at home I was thinking the same thing. There were several non-PC aspects to it. But I still love the illstrations, so it will stay on my shelves! I have a habit of reading books about life in the wilds of Alaska every year or so. I love to experience it vicariously! I love your slumber party idea! I love documentaries about the olden days in England and other cultures. I'm a light sleeper, so it doesn't take much of an alarm to get me up. Fortunately, being retired, I don't need one most of the time. :)

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    1. The Hannah Breece book has some of Hannah's "unenlightened" opinions in it, but people really should look at what she DID and not just a few snotty remarks! I hope you will find a copy; it is an extremely interesting book.

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  11. My favorite flower to eat goes with its leaves. We always called it sheep shower. Some call it wood sorrel. It has a pickly taste. It's good to pick and snack on as well as in salads.

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    1. Yes, that's a type of oxalis! I love the sour flavor, but beware; I chewed so much of it I got a kidney stone as a child!

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  12. I love Oxalis. I always suggest growing your own edible flowers, so you know they haven't been doused with harmful chemicals. I had no idea you could eat redbud flowers. They are certainly lovely.

    I've been having trouble with blogger. I keep getting error messages when I tried to visit blogs yesterday.

    Sounds like YOU are enjoying spring break as much as the children. I'm always up when others are sleeping in the states. I am more in tune with my European friends and when they are awake. However, for the past two days, I can't seem to stay awake more than a couple of hours until I fall asleep at my computer desk. Enjoy your spring break, Holly.

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    1. I think there is something going around; everyone seems to be falling asleep at odd times! Was just speaking to a neighbor about it. Blogger acted oddly for me yesterday, too. I would go to type a comment and it would jump up to the top of the page at the first keystroke.

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  13. What an awesome post...all about things I love..."words, wisdom, and whimsy."

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  14. I didn't know you could eat redbuds, their vibrant color would be a showstopper! I get loads of wood chips from the county, I learned that a small chip of redbud will grow in a heartbeat beat, I mulched my rose garden and ended up with a good 50 redbud weeds!

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