July Wishetwurra Farm Up Close

Early July is a good time for nearsighted people to explore a garden.

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Wild sweet peas. Lathyrus.

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.

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You saw the aphid?

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.

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Dry spell corn, after a foggy night. Watering itself! Moisture has condensed on the leaves and run down the stalks to the earth near the plant’s roots. You can see the dark patch made by this collected water.

In early July, tomatoes are getting near.

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These “Premio” tomatoes (from Fedco) are whitening. When a tomato starts to whiten it’s a sign of the red to come.

The first ripe tomatillo has burst its sheath.

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Here’s a pollinator, probably from the wild colony that lives under one of my outbuildings, coming in for a squashblossom landing.

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 Thanks to all this bee traffic, the squash is producing exuberantly.

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.

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Honeybees adore poppies, as you can see by the number of visitors in this single blossom. 

An easter lily, from a long-ago easter, comes up again, and again, year after year.

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In which we have Easter in July.

Another plant which volunteers is the leek. Garlic also volunteers enthusiastically. Many wasps and bees particularly love alliums, so not every plant gets deadheaded.

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Leek flower, budsheath bursting.

Another self-sower is the blackeyed susan, the rudbeckia.

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We’ve planted various varieties in the past, so every volunteer puts out a different flower. This one is particularly dark and impressive.

A to Z.

Alliums to Zinnias.

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We’ve at least four or five different zinnias this year. Here’s a patch of the old “Cut and Come Again”.

Over the last few years I’ve been appreciating zinnias more.

Their colors are strong.

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They’re a fascinating flower, particularly as they are opening.

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I love the extending, unfurling petals, and the feathery structures in the center of the opening bloom.

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