As more light shines in the daytime more flowers come to life. Some of our spring flowers are coming to the end of their season.
There are summer flowers blooming everywhere from the meadows to the hedges and the rivers and streams
The red clover and fuschia are beginning to bloom across the countryside along with the rather unlikely suspect the hawthorn is flowering, however be careful as when you are plucking these flowers they have a tendency to fall like cherry blossoms littering the undergrowth with its tiny white petal, wild garlic and leek flowers are still going strong but are coming to the end of their seasons.
While most flowers this time of year are perfectly edible some are harmful if ingested in large quantities, or if eaten raw, though may be eaten if cooked.
As always be sure of what you are picking before you eat it. Also keep an eye out for wild berries starting to flower at the moment wild strawberries are flowering at the moment if you know where they are.
We are using a variety of wild herbs and flowers in our restaurant in the square Tralee Croí. Come in and experience homegrown and wild food like no other.
Follow on Instagram and Twitter @chefpaulc and the restaurant Instagram and Twitter @croitralee and on Facebook @croirestaurant