Friday, July 24, 2015

The State of the Garden

This time of the year the garden tends to change constantly, as some plants flower and wilt rapidly in the heat, plants preferring cooler weather decline, and heat-loving tropicals begin to really take off.

The garden as seen from one side...

... and as viewed from the other

Four o'clock (Mirabilis jalapa)

A pale yellow gladiolus...

... and a pure white one

The second of the 'Hopi Dyeseed' sunflowers to bloom

A tall single stock (Matthiola incana cv.) with some sort of seedling leopard lily (Iris domestica) hybrid - maybe a Pardancanda of some sort? - beginning to bud behind it

Pale pink balsam (Impatiens balsamina)...

... and a red one

A dwarf cultivar of swamp rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

A new flush of blossoms from Rosa 'Gruß an Teplitz'

The more "utilitarian" plants in the garden - that is the vegetables, herbs, and grains - are coming along as well, and are really not any less pretty than the explicitly ornamental things in the garden.

A flower of the Kashmiri eggplant (Solanum melongena 'Kashmiri Brinjal')...

... and an incipient fruit

 The 'Poona Kheera' cucumbers are beginning to set fruit as well

A male squash blossom; hopefully female ones will follow soon

The 'Duborskian' rice is heading; the other varieties will take a while longer

There is also some cool wildlife; yesterday I encountered this little fellow on a flowering parsley plant:

A fancy caterpillar on the parsley

Based on a quick Google search, I suspect it is a caterpillar of the black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes), one of our loveliest native butterflies. I also periodically come across the praying mantises that call our garden home, and which are slowly growing until by the end of the summer they will be by far the largest insect denizens of the yard. It makes me glad that our city garden, a bit jungle-like and organically cultivated as it is, makes a hospitable environment for these little friends.


  1. Nice to see what's going on in your urban garden, lots of lovely blooms!


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