The real glory of autumn planted pansies is their color in late winter and early spring. At the time of year we’re tired of brown and winter, they are in bloom. After the last winter snows, along with spring flowering bulbs, pansies are a blast of color. Their flowers are a sign spring is coming.
There's no shame in admitting it: Mid-August may be the point in the summer when you throw up your hands when it comes to zucchini. The vegetable is both the joy and bane of gardeners and cooks. Joy because there are so many possibilities — bread, fritters, stuffed blossoms and ratatouille. And bane because the plants never seem to stop growing, producing squash nearly nonstop until you're up to your eyeballs in the green things.
Kate Workman, author of The Mom 100 cookbook and blog, knows that pain.