Still Summer

The calendar says Sept 4th,


3 days after Labor Day,


the traditional “end of summer”.

In my garden though, summer is still here!


Each morning, I get to enjoy seeing the flowers that still grace the space outside my kitchen door.

And thankfully, my basil is still growing beautifully!


It’s been awhile since I’ve attempted some macro shooting (even though I don’t have a macro lens) and I decided I needed practice. Β You, my dear blogger friends, are my guinea pigs. Β As fall approaches, Β I’ll definitely be practicing more!

In the meantime, I want to thank you for inspiring me with your craft, whatever it may be; for making me laugh; for causing me to sigh with both happiness and in thought, and for being here on WordPress with me!

35 thoughts on “Still Summer

  1. Wow! Your basil is gorgeous (as is your photography!!!!)! Do you make pesto?? I didn’t grow it this year but have in the past and frozen pesto batches……freezes beautifully. We seem to eat a lot of that and roasted garlic (our final yield this year was pretty good!)!

    • I do love Pesto and make it several times a summer, freezing the leftover. It’s so deliciously yummy, I feel like I need to get a mini-food processor and make fresh every day πŸ™‚
      You grow your own garlic? how cool is that! Never tried, but a friend of mine has had good success with it.

    • Oh my, 90 degrees. We’ve only hit that mark a few times this summer (not typical for us). My son moved from Charleston to Atlanta, so my explorations of your beautiful city are on hold for a bit.
      By the way, I’m not sure if you are a reader or not, but my bookgroup just read “The Invention of Wings’, which is about the Grimke sisters of Charleston. Have you been by the Grimke home?

    • Yum! I do love some pesto! In fact, I was just telling Doreen that “I feel like I need to get a mini-food processor and make fresh every day” πŸ™‚

      • Don’t forget the Pine nuts Laurie πŸ™‚ When I used to grow basil we ate a lot of pesto. I don’t grow anything now because of all the bunnies that visit our yard.

    • Thanks Mate (you know how I love to say that … does it totally annoy you?).
      I’m thinking I could have just posted the basil picture πŸ™‚

      • Calling me mate is fine, with my background it is just like a nickname πŸ™‚ I intend to try some macros with a tripod to see how much depth of field I can get, if its any good i will post them πŸ™‚

  2. Your basil looks delicious! It appears summer has returned here in Ontario the past few days. I am certain it is not for long but taking advantage of the warm air while we can!

    • No doubt you hang on to those warm days for as long as possible! I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to do some basil sharing πŸ™‚ come on down if you want some!

  3. It’s all looking glorious today in your garden LB. We are sadly on the downhill slide. I’ve had to empty one pot it’s so gangly and spent. Oh well, it was a fun party while it lasted. I don’t know what the pink flowers are but that’s an amazing shot, love all the crystal clear water beads. It’s like dripping in diamonds.

    I am in owe of your Basil. Look how fresh and green and shiny it is. I’ve obviously only bought it half wilted at the market. Still tasty with dinner but yours is the Farrah Faucet of Basil, sooooo pretty. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the tour and have a great weekend! wok

    • I don’t know what that pink flower is either – a friend gave it to me for my birthday and it’s been just gorgeous all summer. We’ve have so much rain that all my flowers (and I’m no Alys in the gardening department) have just been beautiful!
      I LOVE having the Farrah Faucet of Basil πŸ™‚

  4. Glorious photos, Laurie. I was just thinking about you and your basil the other day. Yours is still going strong.

    Mine flowered while I was in Canada, but I’m pinching the flowers back anyway, hoping to get a few more weeks of production from the plant. That smell never gets old.

    • I wish I could share some of our east coast rain with you!! I’m sure that is why it’s been so prolific this year.
      Ah! That smell! I like to rub a leaf on my pulse points like perfume (although, really, if I think I’m going to attract a man, I’d best use bacon – another fave!)

  5. Good heavens LB – what stunning photos! And are you really expecting us to believe that basil is real? It is so perfectly green and shiny that it cannot be – where are the insect bites, the brown edges, the dusty specks, the dying leaves, the aging plant? What kind of magic are you sprinkling over your garden? I would like some please πŸ™‚

    • It is pretty spectacular, isnt’ it? All credit to Mother Nature!
      By the way, Pauline. A young patient of mine came in today and told me that she’ll be spending 3 months in New Zealand volunteering with an organization called WOOFF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). Have you heard of this organization? It sounded so cool!!

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