I’ve been enjoying gardening this summer because surprisingly the weather has been pleasant where I live in our Bay Area microclimate – with temperatures in the 70s, 80, and sometimes in the low 90s. Flowers have been blooming nonstop and I have been getting a good supply of garden herbs, tomatoes, plums, and apples. Here is a look at what we have been harvesting this summer and enjoying in pastas, pies, and salads.Plum picking in our garden
Our plum tree with loads of juicy plums were majority eaten by the critters. However we were able to salvage some for our family.
Here is an easy and quick plum upside down cake that tastes great with fresh summer plums. Plum upside down cake
Our multiple tomato bounties over the summer.
We kept picking tomatoes as they ripened so as to avoid the critters from getting to them first. Here is a look at our many harvests of tomatoes over the summer.
We never get as many plump tomatoes as our neighbor Jim! I have to learn his secret!!
For the myriad ways to use summer tomatoes check out these twelve tomato-inspired recipes that are always crowd pleasers.
Skillet eggs with heirloom tomatoes and shallots
Heirloom tomato and goat cheese tart
Frederica Cucinelli’s rigatoni with tomato and basil
Mexican mashed pinto beans with fresh cilantro and lime
Butter sauteed tomato and onion on toast
Heirloom tomatoes with salt and pepper
Feta mozzarella salad with cherry tomatoes
Mom’s tomato and onion grilled cheese
All summer long bounty of herbs and kale
Here are a few wonderful recipes that use fresh summer herbs and greens.
Herb and goat cheese fettucini
Kale leek and thai basil frittata
Kale and leek soup with ravioli dumplings
Savory bread pudding with kale,leeks and mushrooms
Our Anna apples turned a gorgeous rosy pink when they got ripe and ready to eat.
I took loads of pictures of these beautiful apples.
The color on these apples – oh my! I wonder if my daughter Sri will be willing to paint a few of these photos??
Here are a few awesome apple-focused recipes that are both savory and sweet 🍎🍏🍎.
Apple and raw mango chutney on baguette
Apple and butternut squash soup
Green apple and sugar snap peas salad
Apples, arugula, and greens salad with bleu cheese dressing
Apple and goat cheese on cracker with honey drizzle
Cardamom spiced warm apple almond crumble
An apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Old English proverb.
Our August is usually very hot and flowers take a hiatus, while hardy perennials seem to shine in the heat. One of the perennials that love the heat and pumps out beautiful purple and yellow flowers in my garden are lantanas. I usually don’t pay attention to these workhorse perennials but in August one can’t help but admire how resilient and beautiful this humble lantana can look.
Begonias are thriving in this weather.
Begonias emjoying the mild temperatures and shining in my August garden.
Bought this beauty at my favorite nursery Half Moon Bay Nursery recently. It positively glows!
Butterfly lilies were the next batch of lilies to bloom in August.
Cut a few lily stalks to enjoy indoors.
Fuchias happy as ever.
Cool weather loving flowers blooming away
Temperatures are getting unseasonably cool around here, it feels like fall already. Even the azaleas, nasturtiums and cyclamen are blooming in August. However based on past experience I can’t get too excited, we get the typical “Indian Summer” creep in September and sometimes even in October. For now, I am loving our mild weather.
Hope you had an awesome August!
Looking forward to a stupendous September!
11 thoughts on “August in the Garden & Summer Harvest Pics”
Beautiful pictures and lots of recipes.
Thanks Basanthi, happy you enjoyed 😊
The abundance of fruit that used to be grown in the Santa Clara Valley was why it was known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight. It is gratifying to see that some still take advantage of the climate here.
TOO much cuteness and beauty for one post. You and your dishes!
Simply gorgeous – definitely a feast for the eyes!! I love it all! I can’t wait to see your garden, Kalpana! Thank you for sharing your pics and recipes!❤️
Enjoy what’s left of Summer!😘
Thanh’s Rose!! Definitely come on over!! I’m loving this cool fall like weather too!!! 🍁🍂🍃
Magnificent !!! I love the way you celebrate Kiran’s daughters as a Loving Athai along with all the Flowers in your garden …. Indeed, children are the Flowers in the Garden of our Heart and they do need TLC
Thank you Vinatha Mami 😘😊
Thanks Swati 😘