All Things Gardening forum: What are some good flower edibles to have in your garden?

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 5:12 PM CST
What are some good flower edibles to have in your garden? Right now I only have chamomile seeds, hibiscus seeds, and poppy seeds. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated :)
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greene
Jan 22, 2017 7:15 PM CST
Let's start by finding out where you plan to grow these and work from there. Thumbs up
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 7:49 PM CST
I'm not comfortable with putting my city down, but I did put my state and valley. I can grow some things in my kitchen for now until we get to our new place since my dogs have done a good job guarding the things that are currently in there. We'll probably stay in this town or move to the town over for a while, but we don't know how long we will be staying in the valley since it depends on where work and schools send us. So, I can work with heat lamps and things like that for now.
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plantmanager
Jan 22, 2017 7:56 PM CST
I used to love growing Nasturtiums. I used their flowers and leaves in my salads.
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 8:00 PM CST
Thank you for the recommendation :)
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pod
Jan 22, 2017 8:11 PM CST
I like Nasturtiums too but they sure don't like growing here as it gets hot too quickly.

My favorite edible flower is Roselle ~ Hibiscus sabdariffa. They like the heat, are tasty blooms with almost a citrus zing and their fruits make an excellent tea that is high in vitamin C.

Other edible flowers I grow are mostly herbs. Their blooms will add seasoning to your food.

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 22, 2017 8:29 PM CST
Thank you! Spring is just around the corner so it'll be here before you know it!
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Nickyn
Jan 23, 2017 12:56 PM CST
I like Nasturtiums too!

Also - Calendula and Violets and Borage flowers.
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Jan 23, 2017 2:56 PM CST
I should probably make a second thread asking this, but what do you use your edible flowers for? I think I read that wild daisies are edible too.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Feb 5, 2017 7:01 AM CST
I grow celery just for the leaves. Does that count? I'm not used to eating flowers. LOL!
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 5, 2017 2:04 PM CST
I saw some candies with edible flowers in them, so it go me thinking what other edible flowers are there? They kind of looked like cherry blossoms, but i wasnt 100% sure on it
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KarenDA
Feb 21, 2017 12:33 AM CST
I like nasturtium, lavender, and rose.
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RpR
Feb 24, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Oh these are all good in salads when young:
Burning Nettle
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Dandelion
Purslane
Oxalis
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DaisyI
Feb 25, 2017 6:13 PM CST
I put nasturtium flowers in my salads. They are spicy! YUM!

Some roses taste good but you have to look for them (taste for them?) - they seem to be the dark red ones. Wild Violet flowers are sweet but so tiny, they are a pain to pick. Pineapple Guava (a tree) has really good flowers. Calendula are edible but, again, you have to taste to see which plants you like.

All of these will grow really well in the San Joaquin valley.

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RenaeC
Feb 25, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Thanks Daisy, I'm currently actually looking at garden seeds right now. I'll look for more roses and look into the other's too. :)
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katesflowers
Feb 25, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Can anyone recommend the correct chamomile for tea. The one I'm growing smells heavenly, but not so good as tea.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 25, 2017 7:08 PM CST
I think you have to go to the nursery when the roses are in bloom and taste them. Smiling I had just a couple in an entire row (it was the barrier to keep small children from falling off the retaining wall) of 20 or so, that tasted good.
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