Edible rose petals and lemon verbena leaves crystallised by Ballymaloe House’s head pastry chef JR Ryall. PHotograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve spent the summer eating flowers. Sweet William, aquilegia, cornflowers, elderflowers, scarlet broad bean and runner bean blooms, peppery nastu(...)

To a non-gardener, the idea of cutting back a growing plant as a way of encouraging it to grow, seems, quite understandably, like an inexplicably odd (...)

Medical herbalist Kelli O’Halloran. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Of all the plants that I grow in the garden, there are a few that are particularly dear to my heart. Among them are pot marigolds (Calendula officinal(...)