I’m taking a page out of Robin’s book (ooh, another idiom! ) with my post title today. Robin has a habit of occasionally naming her blog posts after odd search engine terms used to find her blog. That search engine term I’ve got up there for the title has got to be about the oddest I’ve ever seen in my search terms! And I had absolutely no idea what to title my blog post today, so there you go.
I have a few things I wanted to share with you today. I noticed a little battle of the seasons going on in my backyard, so I took some photos to document it. The balmy warmth of summer is definitely a thing of the past around here (day time highs are in the 50’s and 60’s, nights in the low 40’s) but some of the plant life in my yard is not quite ready to go to sleep for winter.
I have a barrel planter in which I grow chives, basil and parsley. It is right at the bottom of the stairs of my deck, so it is convenient for snipping fresh herbs for cooking. I used a lot of my parsley last week when I made that tabouli salad, so I was surprised to see it looking like this:
It is as fresh and lush as it has been all summer. Basil, however, I think curls up and squeaks “goodbye” as soon as we go anywhere near 40° – those would be the brown sticks in the background.
I also noticed my butterfly bushes are still strongly pushing out fresh, new leaves:
The bushes themselves look huge – bigger than they looked in the summer, even in the absence of all the beautiful blooms.
We haven’t had a killing frost yet in this area, so would you believe I even picked a few tomatoes from the garden today? They weren’t perfect, and some weren’t perfectly ripe, but I think they will do nicely later this week when I make my sister’s version of panzanella. I love panzanella and have made it many times – I can’t believe I never thought of using bacon like she does!
I got the idea for them from this site, and then tweaked them to my own liking. I’ll be bringing them to their new owner at work tomorrow and I’m excited about it.
I finally started working on my photo hunt today (happy, Michaela? 😉 )… hope you are working on yours too! I am looking forward to seeing them.