Happy Flower Friday!
Brought to you by Rosy and the Gang!
This Friday we walked around the Oregon Trail Museum.
That got us to thinking about the seeds and plants that our ancestors brought out west!
Heirloom flower seeds like Zinnias, Love lies Bleeding and Marigolds.
Here is a little bouquet that we made from our garden with heirlooms.
There are some purple sage flowers and hollyhocks.
Guess what the 3 pink spikes are?!? Hint....the foliage is edible.
(answer at the end of this post)
Our first stop along the Oregon Trail is the Oregon City Brewery.
They have the best fries and you really work up an appetite along the Oregon Trail!
Tummies are full, now back to our heirloom seed story.
The settlers also brought lots of edible seeds.
The Cinderella Pumpkin (Rouge vif d'Etampes) has been popular since the 1800's!
Here is the answer to the mystery pink spikey flowers...…..
Drum roll please...…..
It's an heirloom variety called Purple Orach Mountain Spinach.
It's related to lambs quarters / spinach and is said to be very-very healthy!
We think it tastes yucky and only add it to dishes as a colorful garnish!!
It self seeds and comes back every single year...go figure, something that tastes yucky lives on.
But, it does make these pretty pink flowers...BOL.
Flowers, Food and
Wyatt & Tegan
Wow we would never have guessed spinach! We do love Hollyhocks, although Gail feels their proper placement is in front of an English thatch-roofed cottage.ReplyDelete
What a surprise to read that those are spinach flowers! They sure are pretty and we love your little bouquet and your pumpkin arrangement!ReplyDelete
We never knew spinach had such pretty flowers. We like to eat it occasionally. Ghostwriter remembers preparing spinach when she was a kid. It had to be washed carefully to get all the dirt and grit out. No pre-washed greens in those days!ReplyDelete
Spinach? Well, we would have NEVER guessed that. Bet those settlers wished they had those lovely chips waiting for them at the end of the trail.ReplyDelete
Looks like you had a wonderful time! I love the pretty flowers, and those old names!ReplyDelete
Flowers, Food and weekends are 3 of our favorites too!! Thanks for teaching us all about the beautimous types of heirloom flowers!ReplyDelete
Rosy, Jakey & Arty
Pink spinach??? Now we have seen everything. Wonder what Popeye would have thought about that - BOL!!! Beautiful flowers, and that looks like a nice place to visit.ReplyDelete
Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber
A very informative flower post. We had no idea that spinach grew pretty flowersReplyDelete
Hazel & Mabel
Well hope you got some of those fries! We eat lots of spinach in our houseReplyDelete
I hope you got some of those fries! We eat lots of spinach in our house.ReplyDelete