"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My Favorite Flower

Sanguisorba minor (Salad Burnet)

14 comments:

kelli said...

oh that is a pretty flower. thanks for sharing!=)

Emma said...

Sigh, another gorgeous edible plant I will have to add to my list ;)

Diane@Peaceful Acres said...

Beautiful! It reminds me of the red bee balm.

vrtlarica said...

Lovely flower, and also very therapeutic. Do you use it as a medicine?

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

What a lovely plant, yet another I will have to add to my wish list:)

Mr. H. said...

Thanks all - My wife found our first Salad Burnet plant in the form of a 10 cent seed packet at a $ store a couple years ago. I had never heard of the plant so I thought I would give it a try.

Salad Burnet is an extremely cold hardy perennial thats leaves taste like cucumber...the young ones are best. I must have walked by it a million times in the garden last year before I finally stopped to take notice of that tiny but oh so fascinating little flower.

I don't know exactly why but I just love the way it looks, like some little alien spaceship you might see on the "Muppet show" or something.

The best part about this plant is that you can have the essence of cucumber in your salad all year.:)

Heiko said...

Yours looks much prettier than our wild version here. Maybe it's because of the close up and I never looked close enough...

LynnS said...

Neat photo, Mike. You did show us how alien it appears!

I didn't know it was super hardy but then I don't live near the North Pole like "some" do. lol

LynnS said...

Okay, this is truly nutz!!! I just went to your main page to check on the temp (while you are still sleeping, I might add).

It is 3:39am in Idaho and the temp is 36-degrees.

It's July 1st!!!

Mr. H. said...

Heiko - It's amazing what is missed by us giants when we don't look really carefully.

Lynn - Yes, it is very cold out this morning...not at all conducive to good pepper and tomato growth. Brr, I bet there is even some frost down by the lake. I ended up planting a ridiculous amount of peppers and tomatoes this year so that if I only get a few fruits off each plant I will still be doing good.

kitsapFG said...

I don't think I have ever heard of this plant before - so thank you for sharing it and the info on it in your comment.

Mr. H. said...

Laura - Salad Burnet is a great plant and very hardy, it loves our crummy weather too.:) I posted a few pictures of the foliage a while back -

http://subsistencepatternfoodgarden.blog

spot.com/2009/04/dimes-worth-of-salad-

burnet.html

villager said...

It makes a great herbal vinegar - even more useful than Chive Blossom vinegar I think. I love that cucumber flavor!

Mr. H. said...

Ha! I knew that someone else would be familiar with this wonderful herb. Using it in vinegar is a great idea and one that I will remember for the future...thanks.:)

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