Mike and I spent part of last weekend working outside in the beautiful weather and getting our gardens and garage cleaned up for winter. The veggie garden was looking pretty sad so I pulled out everything that was done producing, found a couple of hidden carrots, gave Lincoln and Abby a couple of green bean stragglers and picked all the basil that was starting to turn yellow from the cool nighttime temps.
We whipped up a huge batch of yummy pesto and enjoyed pesto pizza and salmon with pesto and then froze the rest in the lidded ice cube trays that I bought to make baby food, before that idea went out the window. We have a bad habit of making the pesto and never using it so we need to make an extra effort to actually get some use out of the two trays full of green goodness.
In the front flower bed I planted a few mums for some fall color. I moved one of my Stella D'oro lilies to fill the whole where my columbine died out and hopefully bring some color to that side of the bed when it is lacking in the early summer. I also planted a bunch of daffodil bulbs. I have been missing my early spring color so I finally did something about it. Hopefully they do well because the last ones I had died out over the past few years. I bought a mixed color bag so I'm excited to see what blooms I get in the spring.
August was pretty uneventful in the garden. Even though there was tons of color from my Black Eyed Susan and purple coneflower, not much else happens. Now I have all the late bloomers to take us into fall. The Black Eyed Susan that has been blooming for months along with an Autumn joy and a mix of mums will keep the garden colorful for a little while longer.