Early July is a good time for nearsighted people to explore a garden.
We’re not troubled by being able to focus far away, and can get right to the business of seeing what’s in front of our noses.
Plants have so many adaptations that help them survive. In the tropics, where too much water can be a problem, many leaves have “drip tips” that help to shed rain. In drying climates, some plants are able to collect water and direct it to their roots. Squash does this. So does corn.
In early July, tomatoes are getting near.
The first ripe tomatillo has burst its sheath.
Here’s a pollinator, probably from the wild colony that lives under one of my outbuildings, coming in for a squashblossom landing.
I got a pinch of poppy seed from a friend years ago. They now self-sow in the garden, and each year we let some of them bloom. If we didn’t weed the “volunteers” down to a few, we’d have nothing but poppies in the garden.
An easter lily, from a long-ago easter, comes up again, and again, year after year.
Another plant which volunteers is the leek. Garlic also volunteers enthusiastically. Many wasps and bees particularly love alliums, so not every plant gets deadheaded.
Another self-sower is the blackeyed susan, the rudbeckia.
A to Z.
Alliums to Zinnias.
Over the last few years I’ve been appreciating zinnias more.
Their colors are strong.
They’re a fascinating flower, particularly as they are opening.
I love the extending, unfurling petals, and the feathery structures in the center of the opening bloom.