Sunday, September 24, 2017

zea

a little bit of the morphology of a "wild and weedy ancestor" and its domesticated offspring...
dense yellow #2 in the field by the supermarket...
and northern tepehuan treosinte in my yard...
and again in the same order..
and again...
and one last time...
corn flowers ( tassels...i am corrected time and again...however it is a male flower )
and one from the teosinte...the family resemblance is strong in many ways...the way the ears emerge from the stalks is very close to the same...however since teoasinte has no cobs it can have multiple ears emerge from the same node as in the eighth photo...there are several examples of multiple ears on the plants...nothing uncommon about it...one thing is sure...teosint has much more interesting support roots...

Friday, September 22, 2017

first day of autumn...

...was a lot like the last day of summer...warm ( first photo )...the nasturtiums ( second ) the wild strawberries ( third 0 and the newly hatched winter rye ( fourth ) seem to be at peace with the temperatures and the latter two are actually taking advantage of it to prepare for winter...the zea mays parvaglumis ( fifth ) on the other hand is unhappy and exhibiting some leaf curl from transpiration ( sixth through eighth ) for the first time i can recall this season..the northern tepehuan teosinte continues to produce combination silks and flowers ( ninth and tenth ) as well as ears ( eleventh and twelfth ) including several tandem ears ( thirteenth and fourteenth )..it is supposed to cool by the end of next week...one hopes for a gradual descent into autumn temperatures in the interest of viable seed...hope is pretty much a human condition..it is often deferred...we wil see what happens.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

summer's last day

it has been warm here ( first photo )the last day of summer and the warmth is forecast to go on for a time...at least the next week...summer may be meteorologically finished tomorrow but it seems to want to linger...given the past few years it may want to linger beyond the end of the month..or possibly the year...so...counter-intuitively i will begin with winter rye...the small patch that i planted five days ago is up and looking robust ( second ) although i cannot see any tillers yet ( third ) still if the warmth continues both the rye and the wild strawberry daughters...
9 one for Jean )will have ample time to become well established before actual winter weather sets in...the northern tepehuan teosinte ( fourth ) has better defined ears forming today ( fifth through eighth ) and even a tandem set of ears ( ninth )...warmth extended deep into autumn is not a good sign or an especially good thing in terms of destructive insect survival and an overall warning shot across the bow of the species..it might lead to viable teosinte seed...it might lead to some other things less benevolent...we'll see...stay tuned...finally the zea mays parvaglummis in the last photo looks well...it also shows no sign of flowering any earlier than it did last season...we will see about that too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

some spuds and an ear

another yukon gold in a bucket ( first photo ) finished up so i harvested the tubers ( second photo with a couple of egyptian walking onions ) and cleaned them up ( third )...that accomplished i went out to have a look at the teosinte...more silks and flowers emerging ( fourth, fifth , and sixth ) and i am beginning to see more defined structures that will eventually be ears ( seventh , eighth, and ninth )...and i discovered and ear ( tenth ) that has separated from the stalk...so, hopefully, we are on our way to seed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

daughters ramps and silks

the new york import wild strawberries are producing daughter plants beyond my expectations ( even though i have grown strawberries before and knew their reproductive vigor )...the daughter plant i pegged in a buried flowerpot ( first photo ) has taken root and is leafing out well..i will be moving it to the bed with the transplanted daughter i put there ten days ago ( second photo 0 it is doing well and the daughter it in turn has produced ( third ) is taking root as well...the population is growing well...i got twenty more ramps yesterday ( fourth )...some large ( fifth ) and some smaller ( sixth ) i put them in a temporary spot in the ramp bed until the seeds are all in...my plan is to remove the ramps, turn, aerate, and compost the soil, and replant..i am aiming for more plants and will be seeding the bed with some of the hundreds of seeds i have recovered so far...finally, you didn't think you could avoid photos of teosinte silks did you?