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The earth laughs in flowers.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ah, May! May is an exquisite month here - about as near to perfection as it gets with warmer-but-not-too-hot temperatures and glorious, soul-quenching color. To celebrate this vibrant season, I have been enjoying Mayfest at Lakewold Gardens where there are currently 800 species of rhododendrons and exquisite Himalayan blue poppies in bloom.

May also holds the official day that we honor mothers. In honor of Mama Nature's bountiful and wildly creative side, this issue features edible flowers. Depending on where you live, the three flowers featured may have already bloomed, be out in their full glory, or not yet have blossomed in your area. Hopefully you'll be able to seek out at least one of them to more fully appreciate. Mama gives so much and asks for so little in return. It seems a shame, if not a sin, to take such beautiful and useful goodness for granted.

Yours in flower power,

V is for Vitamins and...
These shy beauties pop up in early spring, are full of Vitamins C and A, and are equally good at soothing a hot, dry throat and a wounded heart (figuratively and literally). Learn more about the gifts of violets.
Lovely Lilacs
In contrast to the more demure violets, lilacs are natural attention-seekers; you have to work pretty hard to ignore them when they're around. Their fragrance is heady, distinctive and a wonderful addition to kitchen creations from iced cupcakes to cordials. Read more about how to make lilac cordial.
Everything's Coming Up Roses
"Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns." - Marty Rubin. It's a bit early for roses, but I'm waiting with childlike anticipation (which means not very patiently) to make one of my favorite foods EVER. Read more about two heavenly recipes featuring rose petals.   
Feeling a bit run down, anxious, or "I can't even"? Try a free Healing Touch mini-session between noon and 5 PM on May 18 at Intuitive Mind in University Place.
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