The blooms you find in a veggie garden this time of year may not be as obviously spectacular as those in a conventional flower garden, but if you stop and look closely enough, there is still plenty of color and interest for the discerning eye. I realized this as I worked in the garden today. In no particular order:
The mizuna has bolted. Like most other brassicas, the flowers are yellow and remind me of little exploding fireworks.
My Seville orange tree is blooming. I'm crossing my fingers that we'll have some orange marmalade in time for Christmas since we won't have any Meyer lemons this year.
I've been meaning to pull up what's left of last year's scallions but haven't gotten around to it...
I'm glad I didn't because the blooms are really interesting and complex close up.
Last year's sage and thyme are taking over the herb bed and will have to be trimmed back.
The crimson flowered broad (fava) beans have the most stunning blooms in the garden right now.
My white-flowered Windsor fava beans are growing vigorously now. I have to remind myself to water them everyday now that our daily highs are in the 80's. Last year, I didn't do so during a hot dry spell and had a lot of blooms drop as a result.
Last year, I made some flavored vinegar from these chive blossoms. I have to admit that the flavor was a bit strong for my taste. Maybe this year I'll try something different and steep them in some olive or canola oil. This giant cluster of chives is growing alongside my cantaloupe, Imperial artichokes and relocated wild strawberries.
Finally, this may be the saddest looking flower of the bunch but who wouldn't be excited to see the first tomato blossoms of the year?