Going to Seed

It’s been an odd month in the garden. Over the past thirty days, it’s  been too hot and too cold (for June), some plants have flourished  while others haven’t, and some things have already started going to seed.

Maybe our memories aren’t perfect,  but it seems that plants going to seed has happened later in the season.  But here we already find ourselves with, for instance,  needing to plant more arugula because most of the plants are going to seed.

021arugulaflowers
All the white flowers, that’s the arugula.

We also have a mystery green that’s doing the same.

It's the spindly plants left and right.
It’s the spindly plants left and right.
And a close-up of their flowers.
And a close-up of their flowers.

It’s hard to predict what the rest of the season is going to be like weather-wise, but we do plan to plant more lettuces and such. Hopefully it won’t get to hot.

Moving on with further unexpected flowerings, the radishes that we replanted in one of the back barrels are looking especially pretty.

More fun than a barrel of radishes!
More fun than a barrel of radishes!
Very pretty flowers they have.
Very pretty flowers they have, in purple and white.

The initial idea here was to see if we could get any of the small radishes from the barrel in which they were originally planted to grow anymore. Seems that instead they really took root. This is only surprising  because, for about the first two weeks after we replanted them, they wilted and looked to be on the edge of dying. Now, they look quite different indeed!

And finally, we have our volunteer carrots. Two of them that we just never thought to get rid of. As we watched  them grow, at first we noticed that they didn’t appear to be growing all that all. But we left them alone.  And now,  several weeks later…

Almost looks like we meant for this to happen.
Almost looks like we meant for this to happen.

…wow! We didn’t know that carrots produced flowers that we associated with Queen Anne’s Lace. But go figure that Queen Anne’s Lace is nothing but a wild carrot, so there! Not only are they pretty, but they’re helping to bring in pollinators, like bees, so that’s great.  And more importantly, for our purposes, these large plants are helping to hold up the netting covering this bed, so it’s a two-for-one deal!

These flowers attract all sorts of bugs, from bees to flies wo whatever these guys are. A9ctuall, we should probably look them up...)
These flowers attract all sorts of bugs, from bees to flies to whatever these guys are. (Actually, we should probably look them up…)

Other than that, things are plodding along. We continue to chase rabbits out of the yard, and it looks like something (ahem *a squirrel or several* ahem) completely killed the corn in its barrel. That stinks, because for awhile there it was looking promising. Too bad we didn’t think to cover it. In the past we’ve thought we were too paranoid with the netting. Now, we will use ALL THE NETTING! Well, not now…next year…Maybe.

The marigolds are just starting to bloom. :)
The marigolds are just starting to bloom. 🙂
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