Travel Adventures for Gardeners
Traveling this summer? Find out what's going on in your vacation spot; visit National Gardening Association's Event Calendar. You can search by date and/or locale, so you can pinpoint events along your travel route. Or find the nearest public garden by searching the Public Gardens Locator.
Favorite or New Plant
Daylilies are not only beautiful, but their flowers are also edible. However, you should take a few precautions. First, harvest them from plants that have not been sprayed with pesticides. Also, note that people with allergies should be cautious eating daylilies or any other edible flower.
Stuffed daylilies. Harvest flowers in the morning soon after they've opened. Wash them gently, then place in the refrigerator. Make up your favorite cold salad to stuff them -- chicken or pasta salad, for example. Set the daylily blooms on a decorative platter and place a small scoop of stuffing in the center. Beautiful! Let guests know that they can eat the blossom ... or not.
Stir-fried daylily buds. Harvest when buds are mature but haven't opened yet. Wash, then steam until tender. Then quickly stir-fry them in hot oil, with or without other vegetables.