This has been a really hot and humid August, normally the peak of the heat is gone by now, but not this year. Of course the plants love this, but it means we haven’t gone hiking as much as we like. My tomato plant in the pot is finally showing signs of ripening fruit, plus the parsley is going wild. I really love the yellow calibrachoa flowers with the parsley, the green and yellow draw the eye to the lush corner.
I had to add a cage from an old bird feeder to the front flowerbed for the huge and heavy Cherokee Purple tomatoes to have a place to rest. The weight was pulling the branches down and breaking them over the top of the support cage.
Nearby, the wonderful pink daisy, a gift from a friend, bloomed again. Surprising as I thought it was done. The color is just stunning. Thank you, Bonnie H!!
All of the white begonias continue to bloom, both in the bed and on the veranda, growing nicely.
The torenias are winding down. I need to get out and pinch out all the dead blooms. They would likely bloom profusely again if I would.
The few blooms now still attract the most lovely of pollinators. I think this one is a Spicebush Swallowtail, with the orange spots underneath and blue on the open wing backs.
This beauty dined on the dianthus pollen for quite a while.
I like the red leaves on this pink begonia, but it hasn’t grown as large as I hoped. I think it is getting a bit too much sun, the ones in pots on the veranda are bigger.
I put some garden lime on the hydrangeas to make the flowers more pink. The blooms came out this icky color at first.
But the latest one is this lovely color!
My phlox is preparing another show, a few blooms are showing up and I expect three large heads of flowers in a few more days.
Impatiens and begonias spill over the pots on the veranda near the front door.
The two African violets love the humidity, and have doubled in size. They also bloomed nicely, now on the downside of the blooms.
The largest pot has three plants, but I am still disappointed in the flowers here. The lobelia has refused to bloom and the begonia hasn’t bloomed in a month. The coleus at least has some interest with the variegated leaf.
But over in the east corner, the red geranium fairly glows next to the white petunias. In the back, the yellow daisy has bloomed again too. Pink coleus is getting very tall, and pink petunias spill over the edge of their pot.
Bringing the bounty into the kitchen, parsley and an heirloom tomato are set out for a salad.
Fresh parsley leaves are scraped from the stems, chopped and added to lettuce for a nice contrast in greens.
Spinach is added, and the heirloom tomato is cut into bite size bits. Lovely colors!
A few days later, two more tomatoes are harvested for dinner.
We ate those, and then harvested these beauties on Thursday.
I nipped out to one of four basil plants for a few leaves.
Caprese salad is so lovely with homegrown Cherokee Purples and fresh basil from the veranda. Lightly dressed with a homemade balsamic viniagrette, it made the perfect first course for a grilled dinner.
Back in the garden, the Better Boy tomato is coming along, looks like I’ll have some slicers soon.
One more look at that parsley, I am just so pleased with its growth.
What is growing in your garden? Are you harvesting tomatoes and veggies?