As I was out in my garden yesterday, I was struck by the charm of the edible ornamentals that I had planted around my rhubarb. In mountain gardens, where cool season crops are the mainstays, the typical vegetable garden is just variations in the key of green. While this can be quite lovely in it its own right,
|Swiss chard and lacinato kale|
|The bright stems of some swiss chard can be another great splash of color for the mountain gardener.|
However, none of these have quite the effect that flowers do. So, in the spring, I planted seeds of borage, sunflower, nasturtiums, violas and calendula in the garden, around the emerging rhubarb. These are all great edible flowers to jazz up summer dishes and salads, but they are also just plain beautiful in the garden! Plus, the bumblebees are having a grand time buzzing around the borage. The hummingbirds are partial to the nasturtium, and I've seen hummingbird moths and butterflies in the sunflowers.
|Calendula, sunflowers, borage and nasturtiums around my rhubarb.|