We split the batches of meringue to tint them separately with brown sugar and white sugar, then we tinted some of the latter pink, too. For uniform circles, trace a 2-inch bowl or a round cookie cutter on the back side of the parchment. Be sure to have everything ready before you start mixing the meringues.
It's fun to use pistachios for some of these and pecans for others, but of course you can stick with one or the other. It's best to bake them on a dry day; if it's even slightly humid, the meringues may take longer to crisp in the oven. The meringues can be made up to five days ahead and stored in a cool, dry place.
Small black nonpareil candies for the eyes are sold in candy stores. Black mustard seeds may also be used; place these and the almond ears with tweezers. Or use a small round tip to pipe dots of melted chocolate for eyes and noses.
These floral meringues are perfect for spring. With bursts of lemon, they taste as sunny as they look. Don't worry if the petals look messy -- the candied peel at the center of each flower covers flaws.