Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Days of Lilac, Redbud, Dogwood, and Violets

I was up before dawn this morning, chomping at the bit, to get outside and pick violet and redbud blossoms before heading to the library to present today's programs.

Violet Blossoms
The first thing I did was pick enough violet blossoms from our back yard to make a batch of violet jelly. I made it for the first time last year and it turned out beautifully! Next to grape jelly, I'm pretty sure that violet is my favorite! 💗

Redbud Blossoms

Next, I picked redbud blossoms from our neighbor's tree...with her permission, of course! 😆 (We've got a redbud, but it's so tall now that I can't reach the blossoms.) 

Redbud Blossoms
I put the violet and the redbud blossoms in jars to start infusions for jelly-making.

Violet and Redbud Infusions
I've never made redbud jelly before, so this will be a first. I will post the recipe and pictures of how it turned out later. 

While I was out and about, I stopped to click this picture of my mother's dogwood tree. It is in full bloom and so beautiful!

And, last but not least, this vase of lilacs (that I, actually, cut last night) graces our kitchen table and the smell of them fills the room. Lilac is definitely my favorite scent of all time and I love the spring season! 💗

What about you? Has spring sprung where you are? If so, what's blooming? What wild edibles to you and your family enjoy? And how do you prepare them?

Until next time...

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