Friday, August 18, 2017

blooms and reproduction

one of the potato plants in the asparagus bed has bloomed ( first photo ) and, if we are fortunate, it will produce fruits like its cousin the carolina horse nettle has ( second )...just for the sake of a morphological comparison if nothing else...while we are in the asparagus bed ( third ) let's note it is looking robust and that there are still berries ( fourth and fith ) that will mean some asparagus from seed next season...unlike the deeply rooted asparagus, the shallower jerusalem artichokes look a bit water stressed ( sixth )...they were thoroughly watered and will perk up soon enough...despite being rather mercilessly trimmed ( seventh ) some flower buds were left behind and have begun to bloom ( eighth and ninth ) so there is the possibility of seed heads yet...it is not too late i'm thinking.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

it's my blog...i'll be as corny as i like

the corn in a buucket ( top photo ) is finally starting to flower ( second and third ) which may mean ears after all...it is also showing signs of transpiration even though the ambient temperature is not all that warm ( fourth and fifth )...the northern tepehuan teosinte is in full flower 9 sixth ) and i am looking for silks to appear soon...the teosinte, despite being in the same sun is not looking perspired...its leaves are uncurled ( eighth )...the last photo is of one of the teosinte stands ( there are two and a single plant in a back bed )with the northern tepehuan on the right and the zea mays parvaglumis on the left all between five and six feet in height.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

13 zea

the zea season, both ancestral and descendant, is moving along ( albeit more slowly for the "wild and weedy" ancestor )..the filed of dense yellow #2 out by the supermarket is in full flower ( first and second photos ) and the silks are moving from light to dark as they dry after pollination and as the ears mature ( third and fourth ) the fifth photo is of leaves on a stalk of field corn and the sixth is of leaves on a stalk of teosinte...the seventh is of support roots on field corn..the eighth of the tiered support roots on northern tepehuan teosinte...the tenth photo is another corn flower ( some are sticklers for calling them tassels...i am not...a flower is a flower and serves the same reproductive function [within parameters] as any other ) and the eleventh ( sense a pattern? ) a flower on the northern tepehuan teosinte...today's foray into morphology...finally the twine on the stalk of zea mays parvaglumis that fell over four days ago is still holding it up and, as i had imagined, the plant is showing nos sign of having suffered damage over its fall...still booming along

Saturday, August 12, 2017

my turf

the top two photos are what a stand of jerusalem artichokes are supposed to look like closing in on the middle of august and a solar eclipse...including the blooms in the third and fourth photos which are losing or have lost their petals and are maturing into seed heads...not probably the most aesthetically pleasing process, however a natural one...the fifth and sixth photos are some potato bloom out back and the seventh is of some fruits i hope the blooms will emulate...still sixteen of them...no attrition yet...and ten of those i have netted so i am hopeful of mature fruits...the eighth photo is of some aphids feeding on the sugars in the sap of the northern tepehuan teosinte...and the last photo is an opportunist waiting to eat.

beans

i was working in the back yard and found myself in need of some supplies so i went off to the big box home improvement store's garden center and stopped off at the bean field along the way...if you look closely enough in that monochromatic landscape you might just detect some "weeds" poking up through the bean canopy...but no volunteer corn to be seen since the spraying...this os unfortunate from my point of view since volunteer corn and its reproductive capacities are of some interest to me...and even though the beans are blooming and some are sprouting pods they aren't terribly riveting attention wise...or at least won't be until after harvest and we have a look to see how many of the missed beans germinate in a suicidal attempt to grow before winter...you'd think there'd be a dormant period...like "natural" seeds...but we aren't dealing with those.

Friday, August 11, 2017

ghosts of otto

a trip to the community garden on campus after work brought a mixed bag of results...on the plus side the asparagus ( first photo ) is doing well and patience over a few years has ended in the reward of "berries" for the first time in several season ( second and third )...there will be an expansion of the n w indiana asparagus population...down the row in my bed the onion flower ( fourth ) has produced mature and, hopefully, viable seed ( fifth ) as well as a contrast in allium morphology with the ramps seeds in my yard...the uprooted teosinte ( sixth ) is still trying to show some resilience though this late in the season the prospects seem dim...at fist glance at the stand of jerusalem artichokes ( seventh )you may detect a difference from previous photos...the reason lies in the fact that someone has deliberately hacked off the blooms and , more importantly for me, the maturing seed heads i was planning on collecting...i was and still am prepared that the teosinte incident was accidental or an act of "weeding" by a well-meaning soul..this however seems more like deliberate vandalism driven by someone's ( or some institution's ) sense of aesthetics...intrusive leaps to mind as an adjective...part of what i had planned to gain from this bed has been destroyed and i find it lamentable...so much for the marketplace of ideas...otto's efforts to limit the garden seem alive and well after his departure.