The Backyard Larder

A place to explore and buy perennial vegetables and other food plants.

Early Days for Dahlias

My mother grew dahlias in the garden of a house we lived in when I was a teenager; a glowing, island bed of them in a big, green sea of lawn. I admired them (and have a memory of dancing by them at night, alone, by the light from the house windows, suddenly joyful about […]

Daylily Delvings

I went to harvest some vegetables at my annual allotment today. Just as the light was fading, I visited a weedy corner where I knew some daylilies were still hanging out (after I’d moved most of the clump to the perennial plot). If they had looked like this today I might have harvested some of […]