Friday PhotoEssay

The end of another week has arrived! It has definitely been a soggy week, as we measured at least 2″ of rain in the garden. Things are continuing to wind down as the temperatures are a little cooler. It doesn’t bother me, since the spider mites don’t grow as fast in cooler weather either!

Bee on BasilThe bees are enjoying this African Blue Basil that is blooming like crazy! For that matter, I’m enjoying it too! I cut a couple stalks for a bouquet on my desk.

Purple RussianYou know, I had totally written the Purple Russian Roma off, and even condemned it to imminent death. I don’t know if we just assumed the worst of this plant, or if it has decided to shape up in the cooler weather. I’m now also tempted to send a sample to the Plant Pathology Clinic to see if they can culture any fungal pathogens from the plant. Maybe our guess that it has Fusarium Wilt was premature. At any rate, there are a bunch of green tomatoes on the plant now!

PupaI found a friend on the basil that I cut for my bouquet. There was this bright green chrysalis on one of the branches. I broke that part of the stem off and tucked it back under the basil plant. Hopefully our marauding robins don’t find it for a snack.

Garlic Chive BudsThe garlic chives are budding out. If they are allowed to bloom, they will have rather showy, white, round balls of flowers.

Queen Red LimeAre you tired of Zinnia pics yet? This is one of the Queen Red Lime flowers. I’m not quite sure what to make of this variety. It was a dusty pink with some green most of the summer, and now it is this bright fuchsia color with no “lime” to speak of. I will admit that I find this one prettier than the dusty colored flowers.

Have a great weekend!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 21, 2009, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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