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  1. Top Tips For Tuesday: Make Your Own Flowering Tea

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    Lovely cups waiting for lovely tea. You know what’s not fair? I woke up ill this morning, that’s what. Well, I say ill, it’s just the flu really. And by the flu I mean more of well, more of a cold really. A slight cold. Oh all right then. I’ve got a bit of a sniffle, happy? But I still reserve the right to whine about it. I came into work and everything. So now that I’m sniffling and snuffling my way around Clare Florist Towers (n.b. Clare Florist do not in fact have a tower. Yet.), the one thing I really want is a big steaming mug of tea. And a tower. But in the meantime...

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  2. Scent down memory lane

    Reading about how much impact the smell of a hibiscus flower had on Dallas Wiens , the first full face transplant recipient, recently I was reminded of just how valuable our senses are, and how we can often take them for granted.  I love how a simple whiff or taste of something can take you right back to a time or place and really bring that memory to life. It got me wondering? what tastes and smells do that for you? From talking about this in the office, I've just been reminded of a post we did a while back on Edible Flowers .  The number and variety of flowers and flavours is...

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  3. Other Interesting Uses for flowers...

    We all know how wonderful flowers are; as gifts, to brighten a room, to celebrate a certain occasion, to evoke a special memory and even to eat - by jazzing up a plate of food. For hundreds of years the healing proprieties of flowers and plants have been exploited in herbalism, naturopathy and homoeopathic remedies. These medicinal properties of flowers and plants are usually consumed in the form of a flower tea, or mixed and made into a compress or poultice (applied externally) or are made into an essence or oil which can be heated for it's vapour or used externally. Here are a few examples...

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  4. Taste of Edible flowers

    The annual Taste festival is doing it's rounds around the country. We went at the weekend and had a fabulous day out in the glorious sunshine. There were loads of mouth watering dishes to choose from and I noticed lots of the chefs were using edible flowers as garnish. Here we have compiled a list of flowers that are available just now either in the garden, forrest or even amongst our own bouquets. So once you have looked at the flowers you can eat them! Aliums - The flowers are stronger flavoured than the leaves, great in egg dishes such as omelette's. Carnations - sweetish spice flavour...

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