As promised, I am sharing some information about some other plants which are growing right now, in mid-summer---edible plants, too!
Creeping Bellflower. She's considered an invasive weed, but you can find this one growing on many lawns, depending on the area. The flowers look like bells and make a pretty sight in the garden. The other good news is that her leaves and flowers are edible! I like to use her leaves in soups, stews and in green juices. You can also use some of the smaller or younger leaves in salads. The flowers don't taste much, but do pretty up a salad real quick. Her root is also edible <- I think roots from younger plants might taste better as some of the ones I tried were rather fibrous and tough.
Day Lily. This flower, like Creeping Bellflower, can often be seen growing in many a-garden. Flowers come in many different colors and only the true Day Lily (Hemerocallis fulva) is said to be edible (the orange colored one). I have tried different varieties and they do taste differently according to their coloring. Because they have a laxative effect, you should limit your intake to 1-2 flowers.
I like to add the closed buds and opened flowers to stir-fries, soups and stews. You can also stuff them as you would squash blossoms or bell peppers (with rice, quinoa, etc.), steam them with other veggies, or dip them in your fave tempura batter and then fry them up. The flowers are a good source of iron and Vitamin A, among other things :)
Note that the leaves are only edible when young (under 5 inches) and can have a sedative/hallucinogenic effect when eaten in large quantities. The young white tubers in the fall are also edible. You can read more about that and other info from Green Deane, foraging expert, Here.
One last thing about Day Lilies: as her name "day" implies, each of her flowers are open for only ONE day, so harvest them when you can :)
Hollyhocks. Hollys are another ornamental flower that you can see in many gardens. The flowers come in many colors, from pinks to purples to white and even black. Being in the same family as Mallow and Marshmallow, you can use all parts of Hollyhocks exactly as you would for Mallow/Marshmallow. That is:
Hollyhocks are perennials so they will come back year after year. They are tall flowers, so best to plant in the garden and not in a pot (unless it's a VERY tall pot to accommodate her long taproot). You can purchase seeds from Richters. You can read more her medicinal, edible and other uses Here and at PFAF.
Hope you have been enjoying me posting about different plants! These flowers can be seen as "edible ornamentals," so think twice about what's growing in your garden--you never know what Other Benefits your beauties may be able to bestow on you!!
Keep smilin', sunshine, because the days are long and hot and the weeds are flourishing everywhere :)
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