This is the time of year when I spend a lot of time going through my photos from the past year as I start to put together calenders, Christmas cards and photo books to give as gifts this holiday season. Therefore, I've been putting off my 'real work' and instead immersing myself in a visual history of the last 12 months. As I re-organize and review all my photos (over 2000!), it's a good time to weed out similar images, but I also find that it inspires me with new post ideas! Hence today's post - on flowers from my veggie garden.. I did toss in a few flowering herbs, but most are my veggies in flower. I tend to not let too many veggies go to flower (and eventually seed), because space is valuable and once something has stopped producing, want to re-plant that bed ASAP. Yet, occasionally a few specimens are allowed to produce seed - like the mache below because it is such an easy way to ensure a non-stop harvest.
On a similar note, I've also been quite busy with writing - I have 3 big deadlines looming in just a week and I really need to move the progress of book #2 along a bit faster.. Book #1, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener will be hitting stores in just a few weeks (Woo hoo!) and the excitement of the upcoming 'official' book launch (early Feb) and all the other events that are booked is beginning to set in!
I will have another exciting announcement in just a day or so! But for now, I hope you enjoy these veggie flowers..
|A single mache plant will produce thousands of seeds!|
|The flower buds of Giant Red mustard taste like broccoli.. yum!|
|Everyone loves chamomile.. especially the pollinators!|
|Evergreen long white green onions are super cold tolerant for winter harvesting and produce pretty summer flowers.|
|The pole beans - before the deer came!|
|'Sylvetta' arugula - also very cold tolerant for winter cold frames.|
|The soft blue blooms of endive is one of my favourites.|
|'Painted Lady' pole beans - I love the bi-coloured blooms|
|It's hard to capture the intense yellow of zucchini flowers - we grew 7 types this summer!|