Edible flowers for the gourmand

Posted: September 3, 2013 in Animals, Nature, Photos, Writing
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The sky darkens, thunder rolls. Rain engages in dance with giant hosta leaves. The brown rabbit sits motionless in the yard, ears at alert, eyes watching me at the window. Dinner interrupted. He (or perhaps she– how can I tell?) is still there when I put the blinds down against the oncoming dark, crouched in the middle of a island of dark green hues and various textures.


A few days ago, this same rabbit and three siblings, (friends?), frolicked outside the kitchen window, leaping and twisting madly in the air. Perhaps there’s rabbit-nip somewhere hidden in the bushes. They look soft and adorable with puffball tails, but their idea of a gourmet snack includes edible flowers…mine. A lovely little enclave of colors I had planted where the corner of the driveway intersected the lawn evidently appears to them to be a sushi bar. They seem to choose by color. All the small red flowers disappeared over the course of several nights. Eventually they moved on to other raw bars and natural foods restaurants and my flowers cautiously bloomed again.


  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Janet,

    Rabbit nip indeed. I’ll bet your beautiful garden is an Eden to them.

    Lovely interlude. Thank you.



    • Hi, Doug. Lovely to hear from you. The little critters liked the garden but fortunately, they also eat lots of grass. Otherwise, there’d be nothing left. The animals I find most annoying are chipmunks and deer. In their own ways, small and large, they can devastate almost an entire garden very quickly. The deer ate the flowers only of my daylilies several times. And the brash chipmunk not only climbs onto the vines to eat tomatoes, but digs near the roots of plants.

      Enjoy your day,


  2. Tom Poet says:

    Taste like chicken!

  3. Wonderful descriptions. I’ve been there myself.

  4. Such big brown eyes and pink ears! What a cute shot, Janet! YES. Sweet description! T. (Have you named your new friend?)

    • No name, T. S/he is back in Cleveland while I’ve finally made the move to join my husband in the Chicago suburbs. Move-in day is Thursday. Haven’t gotten close enough to the rabbits here for names, but we’ll see. 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!


  5. vbholmes says:

    Plant depletion is the price one must pay for having the critters around–as compensation, their antics do give pleasure. Great photos, Janet. Look forward to seeing pics of your new environment. Good luck with tomorrow’s furniture arrival.

  6. vastlycurious.com says:

    I see a tiny bit of red coming back! Delightful post!

  7. xpat92 says:

    Hi Janet,
    I hope that you are well.
    I loved this post. I am way too close to the big city to see rabbits. We have very litlle widlife here (birds and occasional hedgehogs).

    What a great idea; eat a bit rabbit-nip and come up kicking your heels.
    Sounds good to me :).

    • Both the house we just sold and our rental house are in the city (suburbs), in urban areas, but there is plenty of wildlife. Near the house we just sold, as they develop more of the land, the animals have less places to go and end up in people’s yards. I looked out one night and saw five deer in our driveway!

      Our move-in day is today and I’m looking forward to that surprise soon!

      Blessings on your day,