Please note, I am not currently taking any new edible flowers orders.
2020 will be dedicated to other horticultural things.
History of The Flower Deli
I spent most of my childhood amongst the sunflowers, marigolds and tomato plants of my parents' beautiful, ever-blooming and productive garden, which set in a life-long love of nature and horticuture. Once I had my own home I cultivated our garden, grew vegetables and herbs and always planted more flowers than I could feasibly fit into the beds. Feeling that I needed to extend upon and formalise the knowledge I had picked up from my dad and from books I later gained my Royal Horticultural Society Principles in Horticulture qualifications and spent a very happy season volunteering in the commercial but family-run environment of Ashdale Nursery in Nottinghamshire. This lovely time lit the spark of a thought of becoming a professional horticulturalist in some way and edible flowers were at the back of my mind.
Since then my interest and love of all aspects of horticulture continued and wove in and out of my everyday life in various ways, as it does with those who gain so much joy from cultivating plants.
In 2016 I estabished The Flower Deli and began growing and selling edible flowers to bakers, chefs and mixologists in Nottinghamshire. The following year there was demand for my flowers further afield, so I set up my online shop and posted punnets of edible blooms all over the UK. It was a dream come true to see my flowers used by culinary artists for occassions of celebration and love. Take a look at my Customer Creations page to see some of the beautiful cakes and dishes. Through my edible flowers business I met some wonderful people, learned more than I could have imagined and got involved in some great local events. In early 2020 I decided that for the time being there were other things I wanted to do and put the edible flower business on hold for at least a year.
These days I apply everything I'm continually learning and everything I love about horticulture and the natural world to a newer, broader version of The Flower Deli.
The Flower Deli now
On these pages you'll see more than edible flowers now. I love everything about plants and the wide range of benefits they can bring from their beauty, nutrition and healing properties. Being a person who likes projects I love to explore other aspects of horticulture and expand my knowledge in more directions. So, right now The Flower Deli is my expression of the things I learn, find and create. It is about plants and flowers for food and joy and gardening for wellbeing and creativity. Head over to the blog to see more.
This certainly isn't the end of edible flowers, I still grow and use them and they feature a lot on this website. I will always love edible flowers!
Using edible flowers
Like any other food, especially when trying it for the first time, we all need to make sure we are using it safely. Here's a guide to using and eating edible flowers.