Chatting with plot neighbour Joe the other week I noticed a nearby plant covered with vivid blue flowers. On asking what it was he said a chicory plant which he was going to collect the seed from. I’m rather impressed with it so he’ll give me some to sow and grow.
Later I wondered what other vegetables people grow just for the flowers.
I have a Globe artichoke which is at least four feet high and has several flower heads forming.I’ve also got two clumps of Jerusalem artichokes which are growing well and will hopefully flower later on. Both of these are impressive plants to grow.
Another plot neighbour Trevor had let some salisfy flower recently and kindly gave me some seeds.
Over on the Allotments 4 All forum I asked the same question and among the replies were carrots, parsnips and parsley.
I’m sure that there are people who feel that it’s a waste to grow any vegetable just for the flowers but it seems that some of us are quite happy to do so!
A weed that I’m sure that everyone would rather not see on the allotment or in the garden is hedge bindweed which can grow to ten feet and tangles itself round everything. However I do let it grow on the wild area as it does have lovely all white flowers that the bees love.
There’s also some field bindweed which has smaller, and rather pretty, two-tone flowers growing under, and through, the pallet patio.
Have a good weekend!