Is it cheating to put a post about flowers in a kitchen gardening blog? Hmmm, not sure but I’m going to anyway – my excuse is that the flowers are attracting bees to pollinate the edible parts of the garden. Also this is my last Photo-Vember post and as I have posted every day (except for the evening I spent in A&E with my partner and his dislocated shoulder) I’m feeling rather pleased with myself. Thus I should be allowed a bit of an indulgence.
It’s funny I hardly grew any flowers last year, but thanks to pressure from a flower loving 5 year old this year I have (or in many cases she has) planted quite a few. My personal favourite is Cosmos – I love the foliage and simplicity of the flower itself:
I have been very taken with the sweet peas my daughter sowed for me at Kindergarten as a Mothers Day present – the colour is lovely (and a nice break from the pink my daughter normally favours):
These dianthus are probably more representative of my daughters normal colour preference:
I do think that flowers work well planted amongst the veggies – I particularly like them against the texture of the herbs – in this case Snap dragons with Thyme:
Marigolds are thought to repel nematodes and so are often planted with tomatoes (although there are a lot of differing views about the truth of this). I planted some just in case it works but also because I like them.
One of the simplest flowers I have in the garden is also one of my favourites – I have been enjoying these seaside daisies for months now:
And just so you can see that these flowers are just punctuations amongst the green of the veggies – towering over them in the background are chillies and potatoes.
All I need now is to have a few more chillies ripening and then I can get my colour fix in a lovely digestible form.