Friday PhotoEssay

Apparently I failed at publishing this last Friday. I swear I hit the right button, but the computer didn’t think so. It’s amazing how much faster things grow when you are away for almost a week! It has been 7 1/2 weeks since we planted a lot of the veggies in one of the two winter trials. Everything is looking great! Of course, it is still pretty warm, so the growth of most of the plants really hasn’t slowed down much.

The beets planted in the fall trial garden are looking great! Dark green leaves, no disease, and the beets are beginning to size up. The gold beets are a little bit shaded out, but the red beets are going to be winners.

I’m not sure what to make of this plant. It is a Thunbergia Vine (sometimes called Sunflower Vine). Everything I knew about it indicated that it should thrive in the summer and have lots of blooms. However, the vines were slow growing and it has just recently started having a few flowers. There must be something about the spot it was planted in that it didn’t like.

Do you know what that is? If you guessed that it is a bud of a Bachelor Button, you’d be right! These plants are definitely benefiting from the long, warm fall.

The radicchio I transplanted last week has really taken to it’s new spot! Each plant has 2-3 new leaves that are darker green, thicker, and overall healthier. They are even starting to show some of the red streaks.

The ‘Yummy’ Pepper plant is loaded with peppers that are very slow about turning orange. At least this grasshopper is using the pepper as a landing pad and eating a stem of the plant rather than eating the pepper itself!

Many of our annual flowers are done for the season, but this lantana is still looking great. Lantana is such an interesting flower, with the florets opening from the outside to the center and the colors changing as the flowers age.

That’s it for this week. 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 October 25, 2010, in PhotoEssays and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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