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These are the violas I planted on top of the hyacinth bulbs on our deck. I love these cuties, they are so delicate and yet so hardy at the same time. They will usually over-winter here, dying back with frost and then reblooming again as it starts to thaw out. I will let you know if the bulbs come through or not!
 

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The flowers are edible as well, so don't forget to use them as garnishes in your food presentations.
 

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The flowers are edible as well, so don't forget to use them as garnishes in your food presentations..
yes, but be sure you do not use any chemicals on them if you plan to use them for garnish and possible food. I used they alot, but no one ever ate them.
 

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We do strictly fruit garnishes, I can't stand to cut anything from outside, I feel like I'm murdering them!
 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns.
 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
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catlady said:
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
Some ornamental plants are extremely toxic. If they are not of an edible variety, there could very well be cross contamination of your food from the toxic flowers. If your guests DID eat one of them (or attempt to) it would not be a pleasant way to finish breakfast.
Check this out: Edible Flowers or Foliage
You might also see if your county extension agent has literature on what plants are safe and which are not. Also, might look to see if your health department weighs in on the subject.
 

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We do strictly fruit garnishes, I can't stand to cut anything from outside, I feel like I'm murdering them!.
What? That is what all those beautiful flowers are for...to cut, bring in and enjoy.:)
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I hear ya! I just enjoy them more in their natural setting. I have trouble pruning too, I know it's good for them but I still cringe when I do it! I'm a natural born tree hugger

 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
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catlady said:
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
Some ornamental plants are extremely toxic. If they are not of an edible variety, there could very well be cross contamination of your food from the toxic flowers. If your guests DID eat one of them (or attempt to) it would not be a pleasant way to finish breakfast.
Check this out: Edible Flowers or Foliage
You might also see if your county extension agent has literature on what plants are safe and which are not. Also, might look to see if your health department weighs in on the subject.
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All of the ones I used were edible. And I don't use chemicals on any of my stuff.
Here's an interesting link.
Here are a few samples of my garnishes.


 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
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catlady said:
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
Some ornamental plants are extremely toxic. If they are not of an edible variety, there could very well be cross contamination of your food from the toxic flowers. If your guests DID eat one of them (or attempt to) it would not be a pleasant way to finish breakfast.
Check this out: Edible Flowers or Foliage
You might also see if your county extension agent has literature on what plants are safe and which are not. Also, might look to see if your health department weighs in on the subject.
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I was a county extension agent for 20 years :) I have no worries as we are now retired and closed.
 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
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catlady said:
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
Some ornamental plants are extremely toxic. If they are not of an edible variety, there could very well be cross contamination of your food from the toxic flowers. If your guests DID eat one of them (or attempt to) it would not be a pleasant way to finish breakfast.
Check this out: Edible Flowers or Foliage
You might also see if your county extension agent has literature on what plants are safe and which are not. Also, might look to see if your health department weighs in on the subject.
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I was a county extension agent for 20 years :) I have no worries as we are now retired and closed.
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catlady said:
I was a county extension agent for 20 years :) I have no worries as we are now retired and closed.
So you KNOW which plants to use to poison PITAs!

 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
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catlady said:
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
Some ornamental plants are extremely toxic. If they are not of an edible variety, there could very well be cross contamination of your food from the toxic flowers. If your guests DID eat one of them (or attempt to) it would not be a pleasant way to finish breakfast.
Check this out: Edible Flowers or Foliage
You might also see if your county extension agent has literature on what plants are safe and which are not. Also, might look to see if your health department weighs in on the subject.
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All of the ones I used were edible. And I don't use chemicals on any of my stuff.
Here's an interesting link.
Here are a few samples of my garnishes.


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BEEEYOOOTEEEFUULLLL!!! And now I am starving, those parfaits look amazing!
 

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You can garnish with violas? I've heard of using nasturtiums but not violas.
I always add a sprig of fresh mint to garnish our strawberries and cream fruit course. Though, you have to be careful garnishing with certain herbs because some people are allergic to them and that, unfortunately, they always forget to mention when asked about dietary concerns..
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
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catlady said:
I garnished with all sorts of flowers & herbs from my garden. I never saw anyone eat any of them...
Some ornamental plants are extremely toxic. If they are not of an edible variety, there could very well be cross contamination of your food from the toxic flowers. If your guests DID eat one of them (or attempt to) it would not be a pleasant way to finish breakfast.
Check this out: Edible Flowers or Foliage
You might also see if your county extension agent has literature on what plants are safe and which are not. Also, might look to see if your health department weighs in on the subject.
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All of the ones I used were edible. And I don't use chemicals on any of my stuff.
Here's an interesting link.
Here are a few samples of my garnishes.


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catlady said:
All of the ones I used were edible. And I don't use chemicals on any of my stuff.
Here's an interesting link.
Here are a few samples of my garnishes.

Yummy looking pictures and it looks like you were using your Fiesta! I would never eat any flowers on/beside my food.....they look great on the plate, but it just seems strange to eat them
 
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