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Edible Flower Ideas

Sunday, May 06, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy May! Let us have some fun! The old saying goes that "April showers bring May flowers." Thereby this month with be dedicated to a variety of things to do with flowers (and/or gardens, and/or gardening). These may include, but not exclusive to, jokes, hints, notes of interest, quotes and if I can figure out how ... pictures. Perhaps it will "spark" some ideas.
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emoticonEdible flowers as a garnish make any dish look special on your table, but be sure the flavor of the flower compliments the dish. Here are a few ideas to beautify your recipes and perk up your taste buds:
Place a colorful gladiolus or hibiscus flower (remove the stamen and pistil) in a clear glass bowl and fill with your favorite dip.
Sprinkle edible flowers in your green salads for a splash of color and taste.
Freeze whole small flowers into ice rings or cubes for a pretty addition to punches and other beverages.
Use in flavored oils, vinaigrette's, jellies, and marinades.
One of the most popular uses is candied or crystallized flowers, used to decorate cakes and fine candies.
Asthmatics or others who suffer allergic reactions to composite-type flowers (calendula, chicory, chrysanthemum, daisy, English daisy, and marigold) should be on alert for possible allergic reaction.
emoticonBEWARE!!!!!!!!! Never use non-edible flowers as a garnish. You must assume that if guests find a flower on a plate of food, they will think it edible.
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OPALMOON 5/7/2012 4:11AM

    Great ideas!

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DJ4HEALTH 5/7/2012 12:08AM

    I know that there are lots of flowers that you can eat but you do have to be careful of some of them.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 5/6/2012 10:30PM

    When I was 5 I ate some flower leaves in Hawaii which turned out to be poisonous. I had a very high fever and my hair fell out in chunks. My eyesight went bad overnight, too. So, do be careful.

It was plumeria, btw.


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Ladybugs As Pest Control?

Saturday, May 05, 2012

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emoticonLadybugs are beneficial insects in flower and vegetable gardens. They eat soft-bodied pests, such as aphids, whiteflies, mealy bugs, spider mites and thrips. Each consumes as many as 5,000 during its lifespan. Purchase ladybugs from a local greenhouse or garden store. Marigolds, butterfly week and goldenrod attract the beneficial beetle. Other beneficial insects are ground beetles, honeybees, praying mantis, wasps, yellow jackets and spiders. These insects eat harmful pests and help with pollination.
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LAURAKOHORST 5/6/2012 2:48AM

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my niece is trying to get rid of them in her house. lol too funny

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OPALMOON 5/6/2012 1:34AM

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MJ7DM33 5/6/2012 12:49AM

  I always liked ladybugs!!! Thx for sharing!!!

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Some Of The Unwritten Rules Of Gardening

Friday, May 04, 2012

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emoticonUnwritten rules of gardening ... by David Hobson
1-The best way to garden is to put on a wide brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.
2-Compost is best aged a little like a fine wine. I mean, would you prefer to drink a nice 97, or something that was made last Thursday.
3-When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
4-A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
5-Spring does not arrive until the ice is out of the compost heap.
6-Winter does not arrive until the ice is IN the compost. Until then, all bets are off.
7-Any self respecting rock will break at least one shovel before accepting its new home.
8-A good compost pile should get hot enough to poach an egg, but not so hot it would cook a lobster.
9-Gardening requires a lot of water most of it in the form of perspiration.
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AUTHORINNEWYORK 5/7/2012 8:43PM

  The Tips" 3-When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. " Was not written by the person who posted this article. In fact, more than 13 authors online have claimed to have written it. When the source of a phrase, quote, tip, and other unique piece of information is unknown it is standard to state: Author Unknown, or at least do not use it to simply fill up space. Please remove it or edit so the rightful author can have credit to their own idea. Thanks a Teacher in Ohio.

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OPALMOON 5/6/2012 1:34AM

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NASFKAB 5/4/2012 11:23PM

  great

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WILLOW49 5/4/2012 10:26PM

    Love it!

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LAMARY9 5/4/2012 9:55PM

    Smart lady :) I like this and will put some of it to work tomorrow. . . on my grandson! I'll bring him lemonade.

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Chrysanthemums ... Ha! Ha! ... Did You Know?

Thursday, May 03, 2012

emoticon emoticon emoticonHappy May! Let us have some fun! The old saying goes that "April showers bring May flowers." Thereby this month with be dedicated to a variety of things to do with flowers (and/or gardens, and/or gardening). These may include, but not exclusive to, jokes, hints, notes of interest, quotes and if I can figure out how ... pictures. Perhaps it will "spark" some ideas.
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"What kind of flowers do you give to King Tut? Chrysanthemummies"
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"The Chrysanthemum, the Flower of Happiness, was so revered that in Japan only the nobles could grow it. It has been grown for over 2,000 years all throughout in the Far East. It has come to mean love and truthfulness. We may see it carved on the throne of the Emperor of Japan and on many Chinese artifacts."
- Flowers: Myths, Legends and Traditions
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"The chrysanthemum, also known as the "Autumn Flower", is one of the four "honourable plants". The others are plum, orchid and bamboo which are symbols of nobility. In most ancient essays and poems, writers use the terms "jade bone, icy body, pearl petal and red heart" to describe the flower. For on cold autumn days, when all other flowers were fading away, only the chrysanthemum was able to flourish in the cold winds. The combination of beauty with strong character made an ideal personality in the eyes of romantic Chinese scholars."
- Chrysanthemum - Flower of Honor
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SWEETLIPS 5/4/2012 11:09AM

    Loved this and I love flowers- thanks so much for the information.

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DMF2012 5/4/2012 7:55AM

    Interesting, thanks for sharing

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NASFKAB 5/4/2012 12:52AM

  great

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ANHELIC 5/4/2012 12:11AM

    Great Blog. Keep up the good work. I look forward to them every day. emoticon

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Forgiveness With Flowers ... LOL

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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A man walks into a flower shop "I'd like some flowers please." "Certainly, Sir. What did you have in mind?" He shrugs "Well I'm not sure, I uh, I uh, I uh..."
"Perhaps I could help. What exactly have you done?"
--Anonymous
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