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SALAD  LEAVES  and FLOWERS.

Different sorts of salad leaves are becoming very popular instead of just having lettuce leaves with our salads. Many of these salad leaves bring different tastes, colours and textures to the plate. Several seed catalogues have packets of mixed varieties of salad leaves for you to grow and pick individual leaves as they reach a suitable size.


Basil. Normally used as a herb flavouring, but also used as a salad leaf to provide a wonderful aroma. Best grown in a greenhouse.


Mustard oriental leaves. If you like a peppery taste, you will like the different types of Mustard leaves. Some of the varieties are Red Giant, Red Feather, Green frills, Pizzo. Red giant is a large, vigorous plant which quickly goes to seed. Therefore, use successive sowings.


Rocket. Another leaf with a sharp, peppery taste. There are several different sizes and shapes of Rocket leaves. Most varieties have serrated leaves but some have rounded leaves. As most varieties quickly run to seed, it is best to make successive sowings. Wild rocket can over-winter with some cloche protection.


Sorrel. If you like a sharp, bitter taste then you will like Sorrel. It is a perennial and will benefit from a bit of cloche protection in the Winter. Red Veined Sorrel is very attractive.


Variegated Land  Cress. This is quick growing, hardy bi-annual, with peppery leaves. Will self seed and provides an early Spring crop of leaves, if given cloche protection.





















Flowers for Eating and Decoration.


Borage flowers. The vibrant blue, sometimes pink, flowers can be used as decoration.


Chive Flowers make attractive decoration for salads.


Lavender flowers add both colour and aroma to a salad.

FLOWERS FOR DECORATION SALAD LEAVES SELECTION RED MUSTARD LEAF WILD ROCKET BASIL RED VEINED SORREL LEAF CHIVE FLOWERS VARIEGATED  LAND  CRESS