Summer is almost here and that means that it's time to pick my flamouri blossoms(aka "linden" or "tilio") for tea . I've been keeping a close watch on the trees and their blossoms, listening for the low hum of the bees busily buzzing around them. I recall the previous owner of this property telling us that the trees usually started to blossom around the fourth of June each year. Like clockwork, they did. So, for the last two weeks I've been enjoying the sweet fragrance of our two flamouri trees.
Both of the trees are near the house so the light, warm breezes carry the fragrance of the flamouri to wherever I seem to find myself. As I sit here and type this post, the cool night breeze delivers a light floral scent throughout the house. Dreamy.
One of the trees is right near the balcony of my bedroom, which is wonderful as I wake up to the heavenly scent as well.
I've harvested some of the blossoms but not quite as many as I'd have liked to by now. The problem is that our trees were pruned a bit too high last year and even with a ladder, it's difficult to reach most of the flowers. What works the best for me is when I arm myself with kitchen shears and a bucket so that I'm not wobbling too much while on the ladder. It's a simple thing to do and the reward is priceless. Three years ago I couldn't have imagined that I'd be doing something so simple and rewarding...and loving every minute of it.