I haunt Union Square in the same way some people might go to pubs or car showrooms or department stores.
I pursue the natural and seasonal and things that won't last long like...
the slightly tired peonies with their debutantes-after-the-dance limpness...
the pretty field daisies
and the last-of-the-season lilacs.
Such pretty chive flowers! A long conversation with the chive farmer while sheltering with Frances from a sudden downpour. I said I thought you had to remove the flower heads. He said you should break them apart and sprinkle them like confetti on salads. Who knew?
Which brings me to the currently super-popular edible flowers.
To be honest, they photograph better than they taste. (Thanks to Lisa Lewicki Hermanson for telling me how pretty things look shot through plastic!) Can't remember what this is.
Or this - though you can eat it.
Nasturtiums are peppery and a little goes a long way.
Years ago there were sugared real violets - here pansies.
and more pansies.
A little pansy print approximately life-size.