by Janet Lee Harrold
This time of year your backyard is probably bursting with blooms that are unknowingly treasures that can be gathered together and made into a bouquet that can be gifted to someone who may be in need of a smile or an unexpected gift of thanks. Perhaps you may want to drop it off to a nursing home and ask the front desk to pass it along to someone who doesn’t have any family members or hasn’t had any visitors lately. Your act of kindness is sure to make their day. If you are a bit nervous about arranging the flowers-don’t be, I’m sure the lucky recipient won’t mind one bit, but just in case, here are a few simple tips. Take the time to add seasonal and whimsicle blooms to any waterproof container. Maybe you have a vintage vessel laying around the house, or a recycled glass vase. (I’ve even used an empty pickle or pepper jar) Remember to embrace nature by using splashes of texture and color from your garden. Using blooms that are fragrant are always a welcomed treat.
On a side note don’t forget to be kind to yourself, another pleasant surprise in the garden just may be the fresh basil that you planted to make Grandma Angelina’s famous tomatoe sauce recipe, alternatively, think about how a fresh sprig of herbs can totally transform your next cocktail. If the thought of a Blueberry Thai Basil Mojito appeals to you, then you will want to try the following recipe:
Blueberry Thai Basil (Serves 1)
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh Thai Basil Leaves
- 1 Tbsp. Agave
- 2 oz. Light Rum
- ¼ C. Fresh Blueberries
- 2 tsp. Lime Juice
- 6 oz. Sparkling Water
- Optional: Extra Basil for Garnish
- Place the basil leaves, agave, rum and blueberries into a highball glass and muddle until there are no whole blueberries left.
- Add the lime juice and sparkling water into the glass, stir then add the ice. Serve.