She has a relatively new website that's developing beautifully called Bumpkin in the Burbs that has interesting, fun and uplifting content. (Link's embedded for your navigation ease.)
We also connect well due to both of us having great love for our gardens and consistently adding to our knowledge of the flora and fauna that live in them.
Scroll down here, and you'll find more of her guest articles. Like me, she tends to have a wandering mind, and the proof of that is her topics!
Today we're privileged to glimpse some very nice things in her garden and expand our knowledge of their edible qualities.
A peek inside my little corner of the world
What kind of work do they do? What are their hobbies? What are their surroundings like?
The answers to these questions allow me to see the things I have in common with other people, and also serve to educate on things that I know little or nearly nothing about. There’s so much to learn from other people!
In this edition of Your Turn, I wanted to share a glimpse into my own surroundings of South-Center/Western Kentucky.
You’ll see that Vicki and I share a love for gardening, and we're both raising a Passion Fruit vine. Mine is a smaller, wild version of hers but the similarities are striking. The fruit is edible once it begins to yellow and turn wrinkled. It has a delicious flavor, but there is very little substance to it.
Day lilies are a common flower in my area, too and their blossoms are edible.
One should only eat a little, as they kind of encourage one bodily function in particular. If you’re not sure what I mean, I’ll pass you the toilet tissue.
They’ve stopped blooming now, but they were beautiful a few weeks ago.
Here’s a few that are a part of my really overgrown front flowerbed.
Rose of Sharon
The blossoms of okra, hollyhock and hibiscus are all in the same family and can be eaten as well.
One of my bushes is a pale purple, while the other is more on the pinkish side. I also had a white one, but someone I know (the husband) cut it down because he thought it was an unwelcome rogue bush. I could still spit nails whenever I think of it!
Squash blossom omelettes?
Another flower I’m seeing a lot of right now are the blossoms on my squash and zucchini plants. These, too, are edible and quite delicious! I use the male blossoms (the female blossoms are the ones that bear the squash).
A little dredge in egg wash and then a flour/cornmeal mixture and sautéed in a bit of butter (or olive oil to be a bit healthier) makes for a wonderful breakfast accompaniment for eggs.
This actually belongs to a yellow zucchini that I’ve ended up with. Aren’t these pretty?
I took a picture at his house that struck me as lovely, although you will see very few berries.
Are you a gardener, too? If so, what are your favorite aspects of it?
Thanks for visiting today. I'm interested (and I'm sure Vicki is too) in any of your own related gardening thoughts or ideas you'd like to share in the comments below.