Ok, so you have a puppy, or two, maybe even some kids and a whole yard outside for them to play in, explore and get into trouble in. Instead of a listing of all the many poisonous plants and flowers out there, I'd like to give you a list of beautiful flowers that you can plant and enjoy without the immediate worry of an emergency trip to your Vet or the hospital in the event of some occasional munching. This does not mean not to call your Drs, nor does it mean not to watch your children and pets. Eating too many blossoms can lead to upset tummies, diarrhea and stomach cramps. This means …………………………… MODERATION!
This listing is not meant to be misleading. Anything in excess can cause problems. This is just a partial listing of some of the non poisonous plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs that can be grown with a DEGREE of safety. As most listings only show what you can't have around your home, I felt there was a need to give you a starting point on those that may be grown. I want you to understand that not every flower is edible and not every part of the flower is edible. Also, florist-bought flowers are not edible either. They have been grown for decorative purposes, and chemicals are used in all phases of their growth .
Most chemicals are not made for human consumption! There are all natural/organically-grown flowers available, or you can grow your own, and look like Martha Stewart in the eyes of your guests as you garnish your foods with lovely flowers or make a delicious and beautiful flower and greens salad or whip up a stir-fry, or decorate a cake with fresh or crystallized flowers.
Some books you can get that are informative and have great recipes are:
“Edible Flowers from Garden to Palate” by Cathy Wilkinson Barash
“Flower Cookery - The Art of Cooking with Flowers” by Mary MacNicol.
“Forgotten Art of Flower Cookery” The Leona Woodring Smith