I am happy it is September, and I know fall is coming because my toad lily is preparing to bloom. These buds are growing larger, and cascade down the leaf fronds. I have three pots of toad lilies in a three tiered stand.
There are going to be a lot of blooms this year. The leaves are turning brown in a few areas, and I think it is because they got too much sun. This is a shade loving plant, and next year I need to move it to an even shadier area of the veranda. Still, it seems happy enough to bloom.
For your critter watch, Wilson came back for a visit. My Sweet Babboo saw him and tried to get a photo, but he runs off quickly when spooked, too fast to get a good focus on the camera. He eats a lot of acorns, but thankfully leaves my garden alone.
The garden is winding down, and I gave up on the squash. I pulled up all the plants and cleaned out the planter box.
Two basil plants are covered in leaves. I’m using those fresh wherever I can. Later, I think I will transplant it into a pot, and keep it going in the kitchen. I can always freeze the leaves if that doesn’t work out.
There are still tomatoes on the little grape tomato plant. These have been so sweet, delicious!
Some larger tomatoes will be ripening soon too, on the last Better Boy vine.
Recently, I decided to roast a bunch of ripe ones in the oven. I had more than we could eat!
I use a low temp of 250º for about 6 hours. I scraped the tomatoes into a jar, added some olive oil and some of my fresh basil, and let it cool.
A few days later, I used the roasted tomatoes on a homemade pizza. I spread the tomatoes on top of a pizza crust dough with a bit of added sauce from a jar, then topped it with sausage, mushrooms, green onions, spinach, and fresh basil. After this photo, I added the cheese.
Baked for about 15 minutes, yum!
A complete meal in a slice, LOL! Fewer dishes to wash is a good thing.
Today is the first cooking contest, so I’ll be baking my coffee cake and finally getting to the fair. I can’t wait to see if any of my entries impressed the judges enough to earn a ribbon. We’ll see!