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Flax packs a punch

Calla and flax

The long strappy leaves of flax are super stylish in the garden, but check out how they could look in a bouquet. This insanely easy design uses calla lilies and a fine-looking collar of beargrass, but you could also use coloured flax. Just split it in half (or thirds) and loop it into a fancy flounce. See how it’s done here.

Green bells

Bells of Ireland

Green tea. Green eggs. Green flowers? If you have a penchant for green, try this fabulously fresh-coloured bloom. So called because of its green ‘bells’, the lofty bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) is not, in fact, from Ireland. The reference to Ireland comes from the glorious green hue (Ireland’s national colour) and the bell-shaped calyxes (bells, which are a symbol of good luck, are often used in celebrations on St Patrick’s Day). The actual flower is a small white bloom inside the bell.

Flower heads can grow 60-90cm high and have a vase life of 7-10 days. They’re a favourite among florists, and I find they pair nicely with calla lilies because of their upright habit. If you want to collect seed for sowing the following year, leave the flower heads to mature on the stem and collect the seeds once they turn a dark colour and begin to fall out.

You can buy seedlings from garden centres later in spring or you can buy seeds from Kings Seeds.

Edible blooms

Edible flowersNow you can have your flowers and eat them too. Truly! Certain flowers are just as tasty and nutritious as salad greens, such as these pea blossoms, as Sara over at Sara’s Kitchen discovered. For those who haven’t tried them, now’s your chance. It’s still pea-sowing season, so get sowing and you can harvest your own fresh peas – or flowers – in no time. The blooms are delicious – sweet and crunchy with a flavour just like peas. Same goes for the shoots and vine tendrils, which also have a pea-like flavour. Over at Kitchen Unplugged, Gattima has also used edible flowers to decorate her dish of home-made ravioli and figs.

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