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When is National Garden Month?
The month of April is always National Garden Month

Beautiful blooms and blossoms are not just for beauty in our garden.  Nature has provided us with flowers for eating and herbal plants that's just perfect healing.  Note: Not all flowers ae edible.
See common edible flowers

Flowers in our Salads
Fresh green garden salads are even better when sprinckled with flowers.

Flowers in Flavored Oil
Flower Oil will keep for up to three months.  These oils can be made with edible flower petals steeped in sunflower oil, olive oil, or other oils for about a week and then removed. Different edible flowers and oils can be used to create unique flavors.

Flower Vinegar
Edible flower petals can also be steeped in vinegar for three to four weeks and then removed. The flower vinegar can then be used in dressing or whenever vinegar would normally be used.  Different edible flowers can be used to create unique flavors.

Flower Butter
Flower butter made with flower petals can be frozen for up to three months.

Frozen Flower Ice-cube
Edible flowers can also be frozen with water in a standard ice-cube tray. The flower ice-cubes can be left frozen and used in drinks or any other dish that would normally contain ice-cubes.

As a flavoring in Sugar
Edible flowers can be blended into sugar for about one week (and then sifted out), leaving the storable sugar flavored for future use.

Crystalized Candied Flowers
Edible flowers can also be crystallized using egg white and sugar. The candied flowers can be eaten individually or used as a garnish for a cake; but only remain fresh for about two days.

Flower Seasoning
dried and used for seasoning, used in drinks, jellies and syrups, crushed or chopped and placed in soups and stews.

Flowers for Healing

Some flowers are high in nutrition. Roses — especially rose hips — are very high in vitamin C; marigolds and nasturtiums also contain vitamin C; and dandelion blossoms contain vitamins A and C.

Daisies / Daisy (Bellis perennis quills)  wikipedia
Bellis perennis has astringent properties and has been used in folk medicine.  Definition of astringent: An astringent (also spelled adstringent) substance is a chemical that tends to shrink or constrict body tissues, usually locally after topical medicinal application. The word "astringent" derives from Latin astringere, meaning "to bind fast". Two common examples are calamine lotion and witch hazel.

Dandelions (Taraxacum)  wikipedia
officinale leaves, roots, flowers, petals, buds) Dandelion contains luteolin, an antioxidant, and has demonstrated antioxidant properties without cytotoxicity.

Pot Marigolds (Calendula officinalis )
The ointment of this herb is thought to cure a range of skin problems from burns to acne as it has properties that reduces inflammation, controls bleeding and soothes irritated tissue. Use externally or topically for minor wounds, eczemas and cysts as well as diaper rash and cradle cap in infants.  Clinical evidence is scanty but one study suggests that calendula can speed wound healing. Another study found that calendula helps prevent rashes caused by radiation therapy.  The Romans used Calendula mixed with vinegar to season their meat and salad dishes. Calendula blossoms in wine were purported to soothe indigestion, and the petals were used in ointments that cured skin irritations, jaundice, sore eyes, and toothaches.  Like sunflowers, Calendula's flower heads follows the sun.

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