Gardening for Good, 10th night

“Earth laughs in flowers” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flower Arranging with Mary

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Fun and full evening of enjoying the bounty of the harvest.

We began our evening with harvesting produce in our garden in preparation for setting up a “salad bar” where we each made a zip-lock back full of salad for the next day. Some of the produce was given to us by garden friends. Thanks, Sue, for the Swiss chard, squash, and tomatoes. The Swiss chard and bachelor button flower petals made for a lovely colorful bowl of greens that we used as our starting place. We each chose our favorite ingredients to suit our taste. Emma brought one of our lesser know salad ingredients to the table. She brought purslane that she had weeded our from our garden. Purslane leaves contain more Omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant, and contains many other vitamins, minerals, and fiber. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/purslane.html

Our mini-workshop for the evening was Flower Arranging. Mary, who has years of floral experience, guided us in creating glorious flower bouquets to take home for ourselves or to share with someone as a gesture of appreciation and affection. The language of flowers is an amazing and beautiful way to communicate. Thank you, Helen, for sharing flowers from your garden for us to use at our mini-workshop. The palette of colors was an artist’s delight.

While most flowers will not find their way into our daily diet, for many people, flowers are a lovely ingredient in our daily soul food.

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