Edible flowers

 Calendula and german chamomile flowers.

Calendula and german chamomile flowers.

After a longer-than-usual break from blogging I am back. It has been a busy month. Organising our backyard permaculture retrofit has been an absolute pleasure. We will definitely be running one again. Such a wonderful way to connect Lawson and Blue Mountains locals and creating local community resilience. We are now sharing beautiful Red Ancona chickens with Ann, Mark and their children, who live two blocks down the road! Their food forest is well under way and they have a brand new vegetable patch, all built by local workshop participants. What a great way of creating circular, local economies!

Now that I have a little more time, I am focusing on my plan to convert the Lyttleton vegetable garden into a vegetable and edible (and medicinal) flower garden. We were lucky to inherit self seeded calendula and borage from the previous owner, but we've expanded our collection by adding dahlias (edible flowers and tubers), aquilegia (sweet edible flower), Californian poppies, rosellas, nasturtiums, violas, zinnias, okra, snapdragons, perennial beans, cornflowers, anise hyssop, mint bergamot, salvias, edible chrysanthemums, german chamomile, red clover, edible sweet lupin, and angelica. The result is an ever-flowering garden, where the buzzing of bees is so loud you may need to speak a little louder...

 Shunjiku: edible chrysanthemum.

Shunjiku: edible chrysanthemum.

 Common sage flowers.

Common sage flowers.