Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – 15 July 2020

Each month on the 15th garden bloggers around the world post what’s blooming in their gardens. Here’s what’s blooming in mine. Thanks to the May Dreams Garden Blog for the idea.

There’s not much to report this month as far as what’s “blooming” right now. I mean, the tomatoes are getting flowers and so is the cucumber, but they’re not super exciting to look at, at least as far as flowers go; but they do make me excited for the future harvests. And speaking of harvests, last night at dinner we had lettuce, chard, beets, and peas all from our garden. Plus, our carrots are now ripe according to the almost-four-year old.

Back to the “blooms” though: the purple petunias and the dianthus are still blooming. The salvia needs to be deadheaded, and the Jupiter’s beard is looking raggedy but still is technically blooming.

The Asiatic lilies bloomed at the end of June, but they’re not currently blooming anymore.

orange and salmon asiatic lilies

My hanging baskets, though? Those are what I want to talk about today. When I got them at the end of May they were quite leggy and a little sad, to be honest. With a bit of deadheading they quickly looked better, but it wasn’t until I cut them way (and I mean way) back that they really have started to flourish. They’re full of leaves and full of flowers. Sometimes you have to cut the extra “stuff” way back in order to truly enjoy the abundance.

photo of two hanging baskets - white petunias and pink and white calibrichoa

There’s probably a life lesson in that. Have you been learning any life lesson’s from your garden? Share them below.

– silicle or silique –

silicle (sil-ickle) and silique (sil-eek): two-chambered (loculed) fruits on species belonging to the mustard (Brassicaceae) family; when opened, a central septum (or wall) between locules is revealed, to which the seeds are attached.

As far as I know, the only plant family with silicles or siliques is the mustard family. I have always found it a little amusing that there are two names for essentially the same thing, the major difference being the shape. A silicle is a short, wide, flattened or rounded fruit; a silique, on the other hand, is long and narrow.

closeup photo of blue mustard siliques
These are the siliques of blue mustard (Chorispora tenella).

For help remembering which is which, just remember that a silique is “long and sleek”, and a silicle is everything else (heart shaped, spherical, or a flattened circle).

The photo at the top of the post is of the silicles of field pennycress (Thlaspi arvense).

Suburban Weeds: the path

Near our house is a place we call “the path”. It’s a short stretch of paved path (from about 100 S to 500 S) next to the Lake Creek canal. Being near water, home landscapes, and a couple of ag fields it has quite the assortment of plants present.

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– marvelously monoecious –

monoecious: having male and female flowers/flower parts on the same plant

This might be a good time to talk about flowers. Some flowers have both male (stamen) and female (pistil) parts in the same flower. These are considered “perfect” flowers. An “imperfect” flower is either only male (staminate) or only female (pistillate). A monoecious plant can have either perfect or imperfect flowers, but if they are imperfect both the staminate and pistillate flowers will be present.

The opposite of monoecious is dioecious, where the plant has either staminate or pistillate flowers, but not both. If you find yourself getting the two mixed up, it can be helpful to know that both terms are derived from the Greek “oikos” which means “house”; when combined with “mono” (one) or “di” (two), you get:

 monoecious = one house


dioecious = two houses

In other words, in a monoecious plant the male and female flowers live together in one house (or plant) while in a dioecious plant you will only find one or the other.  

The catkins in the photo are from an alder (my guess is Alnus tenuifolia) I saw on a hike. The male catkins are the pendulous ones while the female ones are more cone-like. Earlier in the spring they would have appeared fuzzy (the males) or small and green (the females), but as they pollinate/get pollinated they turn brown and harder.

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – 15 June 2020

Each month on the 15th garden bloggers around the world post what’s blooming in their gardens. Here’s what’s blooming in mine. Thanks to the May Dreams Garden Blog for the idea.

I wasn’t sure if I would participate in the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Days posts this year since I’m not in my “own” garden. But, I do have a garden, and I do have things blooming, so here’s a peek into my little rented patch of ground. Since I didn’t plant most of what’s blooming, I don’t know exact cultivar or variety names.

What’s blooming in your garden?

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