Clear skies, cooler days and it's time to start thinking of fall clean up. The spring and early summer perennials are dying back and even starting their basal growth, so the first place I always look is the xerigarden.
It is one of my best two-season spaces, with the sedum just getting ready to burst into bloom and the agastache and salvia finishing their cycles and ready for a trim back. This year, that also meant cleaning up the herb garden that now shares the space.
|The smaller of the two basil plants.|
Mostly I have kept it under control, but there were still two huge basils that I had planned to pull out. It's time for pesto making!
|The larger basil waiting to be "picked"|
Apparently basil loves the cooler, more rainy summer that we have had. The proof is in the size of these plants. Most summers I am lucky to get them to survive, much less thrive. But this year I had plants that looked like woody shrubs!
Note to self: more water for future summer.
|Strong new stems coming up.|
And I learned something new. As I starting hacking off big branches to get back to the ground so I could pull up the plant .... I discovered new growth at the base! I have strong new stems growing. So a change of tactic and I left those new stems for late season picking. (I put in a new plant two weeks ago, but these are ready for picking now.)
Tomato Pie for dinner and pesto for ... well, pesto! It's that time of summer!