Living on Local Food
With the current increased interest in both home and local food production, there have been a number of books published recently that pay homage to this way of life. Among the most beautifully written and informative is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (HarperCollins, 2007, $26.95), by renowned fiction author Barbara Kingsolver. Combining personal memoir and investigative journalism, Kingsolver makes a passionate argument for families to grow, cook, and eat together as well as to utilize crops grown by local farmers.
Favorite or New Plant
No highly ruffled petals, no multiple colors, no resembling plants on steroids, the daylily 'Hyperion' succeeds simply by its beauty and grace. Introduced in 1925, it has remained popular since its introduction and remains the standard by which modern hybrids are judged. The slim, elegant, arching leaves are topped in early to mid-summer with 4- to 5-inch lemon yellow flowers on 3-foot stems. The icing on the cake, as it were, is that the flowers not only are fragrant but also are nocturnal -- that is, they open in the afternoon and last into the next day, perfect for those who enjoy the garden in the evening.