Category Archives: Flowers Galore

Flowers are such an important part of any garden set up, whether it is a sustainable edible patch, native or purely ornamental. This section is all about some of my favourite flowering annuals, perennials, climbers, shrubs and trees plus the benefits of flowers and their role in our ecosystems.

Edible Flower Shortbread Biscuits

So this Easter I decided we’d change it up a bit in the kitchen and pop our aprons on and do a bit of baking but not before we donned our hats and secateurs and went outside for a stroll around the garden to collect some ssential ingredients.

Edible flowers in the subtropics
Organic fresh edible flowers ready to use.

Flowers that were edible is what we were looking.
We found;
Pineapple sage, roses, basil flowers, rosemary, chillies, pentas, clitoria blue pea, zinnia, dahlia, salvia, lavender, marigolds, sunflower petals and more.
Now that we are coming into autumn we’ll be planting calendulas, violas, pansies, cornflowers, for more edible flower variety.

Zinnia edible flower
Zinnas and Sunflower

Sunflower edible flower and seeds


As requested by popular demand via my facebook gardening page.
Below is the process on how to create these floral delights.

Flower collection

Edible flowers from our garden
Collecting edible flowers from our garden.








Step 2:
Basic shortbread recipe:
60g unsalted butter – softened
30g icing sugar
100g plain flour
edible flowers
egg white
Note: I double the recipe to make a bigger batch of biscuits.

1. Cream the butter until smooth. Add in icing sugar and mix until well incorporated.
2. Add flour and mix well.
3. Roll the dough into a cylinder and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30min.
4. Whilst the dough is cooling. Place the edible flowers of choice onto a sheet of baking paper, cover with another sheet of baking paper and the place something heavy on top (I used books) to flatten the flowers.

pressing edible flowers
Edible flowers laid out on baking paper to be pressed

5. Take dough out after 30minutes and slice into 7mm discs.
Place the cookies onto baking paper on  a baking tray.

Edible flowers being attached to biscuits with egg white
Flowers being stuck to biscuits with egg white.

    6. Brush egg white onto cookie surface. Place edible flower on top.
7. Pour egg white on top of the flower and press down gently with the back of a spoon. Repeat with all biscuits.


8. Bake for 13-15 minutes at 170 degreesC.
9. Eat 🙂

Edible flower shortbread biscuits ready to eat.
Edible flower shortbread biscuits ready to eat.

All the excess flowers we had picked I just popped into a plastic container and popped them in the fridge. They should last a few days in there, until I make another batch.

Lavender in the Subtropics

Maybe it’s my French heritage but I just love lavender, but in subtropical climates it can be tricky to work out which ones are the most successful to grow. Continue reading Lavender in the Subtropics