This year I entered the “Kingdom of Herbs” and am having so much fun learning about herbs, as well as edible flowers and other plants. I’ve always been aware of “herbs” and have grown a few culinary ones to snip and add flavor to our home-cooked meals.
When I was in college I majored in biology but never took any botany courses. I thought botany was boring. Finally at 68 years of age my view of the plant kingdom is definitely awe, wonder and appreciation.
This new love and awareness may, however, become an addiction. My kids already are worried, especially if they have to take care of me in old age. They have visions of a little old lady wandering around outside in the meadows and forests looking for edible plants of unknown safety. But for now, with some amount of sanity still remaining, I’ll stick with herb guide books and I even plan to enroll in an online course.
Last year I planted red clover along the edges of my vegetable beds and they are blooming so wonderfully right now. I read an article about drying red clover flowers for tea. So, I went out to my garden early this morning and gathered a small bowl full of dew-laden red clover blossoms. According to the article it is better to pick red clover flowers when they still have some dew moisture so that they will retain the pretty color.
Hopefully in 1-2 weeks I will surprise, and hopefully delight, my family with a cup of “homemade” red clover tea.