Southern Stroll in the Yard

Submitted by Christi

I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone. Here we are, almost to the middle of August! Susan, over at A Southern Daydreamer is once again hosting Outdoor Wednesday.


Things have certainly changed in the yard. Here is what is going on.


So much basil and thyme. I think it is time to make pesto!


Here is the garden now. Remember when it used to look like this:


This is today’s harvest:


Lots of okra! Glad to see my little cherry tomatoes producing.


I have zinnias growing at both ends. Somebody tell Gollum that there are no bodies in the garden. If you haven’t read her book Crazy Ladies, just ignore that! This okra is ready to harvest:


This corn will be ready soon:


Of course, the crepe myrtle is in bloom. It is the one thing that blooms no matter how hot it gets!


Then there is the beautiful Rose of Sharon:


The ferns on the porch have really enjoyed the rain:


And, a few pretties to bring inside.


So many things to see when I stroll through the yard. It is worth fighting off the mosquitos!

For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Isaiah 61:11

Today’s Lagniappe: Maque Choux
A Cajun dish made with corn. This is a variation of an earlier version that I published. This one is made with fresh corn.

6 ears corn, husked and cleaned
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 large fresh tomato, chopped
1/4 cup milk
salt to taste
cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
8 strips crisply cooked bacon, crumbled

Cut corn off the cobs by thinly slicing across the tops of the kernels; place in a medium bowl. Cut across the kernels again to release milk from the corn, add milk to bowl. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and green pepper, cook until onion is transparent, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Combine corn, tomatoes, and milk with the onion mixture. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook 20 minutes longer, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Do not boil.

Season with salt and cayenne pepper. Lower heat, cover skillet, and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer. Stir in green onions and bacon. Remove from heat and serve.

26 Responses to “Southern Stroll in the Yard”

  1. Carrie Says:

    Your garden’s bounty is a great reward for your careful tending.

  2. Amisha Says:

    Lovely pink flowers!

  3. James Says:

    That is a really great garden. Just beautiful!

  4. Carol Says:

    I add smoked Gouda cheese in my recipe and then stuff bell peppers with the mixture and put them on the grill. You have to save the tops of the peppers and put them back on when you put them on the grill. Tasty!

  5. Claudie Says:

    Yes Bee Balm that’s it! Thank you.
    Now Maque Choux is cabbage in French… but I don’t see any cabbage in your recipe? Just wondering.
    Your garden is beautiful. Would love to have that first bite of corn.
    Thanks for visiting and I love your blog.
    Love Claudie

  6. joyce Says:

    Garden is coming along nicely. Recipe sounds delicious. All I had for dinner tonight was corn since it is so sweet and delicious this time of the year and pretty filling too if you eat 3 ears at once:)

  7. Giovanna Says:

    I love okra and it’s so easy to grow!
    Almost too easy, they can be crazy growers if your not careful!

  8. [email protected] Says:

    Wow! What great vegetables ! Those look delicious. You have quite the gardener’s green thumb.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, today!

  9. Maryrose Says:

    Great pics, I enjoyed the stroll through your garden. Next year … I keep saying … I will have a garden too. Until then, thanks for sharing yours.

  10. Ebie Says:

    Hello, Christie, your garden is so beautiful. Love the corn. And I use a lot of basil too. May you have a bountiful harvest!

  11. Regina Says:

    I love the verse in Isaiah. Amen.
    Your yard is bountiful. Nice post.

  12. Riet Says:

    What a beautiful garden. Basil is so wonderful in all Italian food.

  13. Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm Says:

    What a lovely garden. Thank you for sharing all the bounty!

  14. Happily Retired Gal Says:

    What a lovely post! Your garden is a blessing and your photos a gift. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog too.
    Hugs and blessings,

  15. Mary Says:

    You have bounty and beauty. Thanks for sharing both with us. I’ll be trying your recipe this weekend.

  16. KBeau Says:

    Interesting that you’ve cut crape myrtle to bring inside. I’ve never had any luck with this. It always seems to just shed all of the blossoms.

  17. Janie G Says:

    Your garden is looking so strong and healthy! Love it.

  18. angie Says:

    reminds me of old fashioned summers

  19. Sherry Says:

    This is a great post. I love the corn and tomatoes. I would take 12 corn on the cobs,and some of the tomatoes. They look so wonderful. I cannot believe you can get them to grow and I can’t. Ofcourse you probably do not have the hot Phoenix temps that we have been having. Everything has burnt up in my yard. Thanks for sharing. Please stop by and say hi. Country Hugs, Sherry

  20. amy Says:

    Such a healthy garden!!! Just lovely.

  21. Rhonda Says:

    I am jealous of your garden!!!
    It is just lovely.

  22. Jennie Says:

    Your garden looks lovely. I posted my herb garden today also stop by if you get a chance.

  23. jeanne Says:

    Your garden is flourishing so well. Do you sing it’s praises or is it Miracle Grow? BIG smile. It all looks so wonderful. My mother ALWAYS planted zinnias in her garden. Mostly so she could have fresh cut flowers in her home all summer long. I haven’t planted zinnias as I know it would make me cry. One day I will. The corn is looking good.


  24. Marsha Says:

    A beautiful look into your garden…I laughed over the bodies in the garden comment 😉

  25. Kathy Says:

    Your garden is just beautiful! We were planning one this year, time got away from us, and now with the drought we’ve been having I sense divine intervention! Loved the Crazy Ladies reference, that’s exactly what I think now whenever I see zinnias!

  26. Christi from Charm & Grace Says:

    Your yard is eerily similar to mine. My hubby brought in 4 large tomatoes and some okra pods this afternoon. And this year we have had a ton of bell peppers. As for blooming things… I actually have knockout roses and crepe myrtles blooming. LOL. If only it would rain a little more my hybrid teas might join in on the act.


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