A cute little seedling at just the seed leaves stage, near the dew covered spiderweb. Who me?Briar can pretend to be majestic and noble!Still closed mostly Open!We saw several Scleroderma earthballs. A prairie verbena purpled leaves for winter but still alive. Last year’s branches of queen’s delight (Stillingia), the limestone species. Briar sat nearby as Mom tried to get a picture of the Stillingia stems too. So tinyUnfurling leavesMom has been seeing Cymopterus blooming in other nearby sites but in this site they were just emerging.
We had to get the lone red oak trimmed back by the power company. This resulted in a pile of fresh oak logs. The Chef was inspired by a book we listened to recently called To Boldly Grow by Tamar Haspel. It is available from the Norman Public Library as an audiobook. And what was he inspired to do? First, The Chef chose several big logs. He wants to grow… mushrooms!After a household discussion and reading about shiitake requirements, The Chef leaned some conduit over rebar and old concrete blocks near the compost structure. The Chef drills holes for the plugs. Paula taps the mushroom plugs into the drilled holes. To the left you can see the beeswax candle the Chef made for this purpose. The plugs are sealed in with clean beeswax. We ended up with five logs full of mushroom plugs. We shall see what happens!
I thought I saw something in a firewood piece.It was a mason wasp!The Chef made a delicious dinner. BLT with farm share tomatoes and Paula’s sourdough bread. The okra and peppers side was breaded and pan fried, with both farm share and garden okra, topped with cholula hot sauce.These corrientes cowpea leaves seemed maybe diseased because they were covered in light yellow speckles, so I removed them.Some sort of fungus maybe on the basil? It is the round dark spot I’m pointing to with my snippers. I have been removing them. If anyone knows otherwise, I’d let a leaf miner live.Trimmed all the basil this evening for the Chef to do a pesto batch.This corrientes cowpea stem is flat like a ribbon.Side view of flat stem of cowpea. A mystery.Last but definitely not least, the giant green-striped cushaw squash.I’m not sure if Briar was concerned or unimpressed.We got out the bathroom scale for this magnificent beast. The squash weighed 14.5 lbs. Last year’s big squash was barely 7 lbs.
Oops. We disturbed this big beautiful toad.The toad hopped over our onions to nestle down under some bean plants. We turned the soaker hose on after we were done harvesting to make sure any other plants we disturbed weren’t too upset, and hopefully that will keep the toad safely into the cooler night too.Three kinds of onion!The shadiest bed has Inca pea beans planted over Thomas Laxton sugar peas which we removed as they were getting mildewy. Now the pea beans have room to grow.Our supervisor chose a shady, cool corner.Left are the dried Thomas Laxton sugar peas for next season. To the right are Oregon sugar pod II (the original kind I had) from earlier this spring. I am going to bleach them to prevent transfer of the mildew to next season. We also put the plant waste in the city yard waste bins as their composting gets much hotter than ours.
Bird’s nest fungi, that is!!!The Chef noticed these this afternoon. Very excited.A William’s pride apple!!!I realized there are multiple kinds of horse crippler cactus. Mom helped me identify this as Echinocactus horizonthalonius (the common and widespread subspecies), based on it having eight ribs. The flower closed in the sunshine today. Apparently it needs a second individual to make fruit, ie it’s self sterile (also known as self incompatible).Some kind friends brought us a big obsidian rock!I put it near the baby two leaf senna. I think the black and yellow will look very nice together.A small pokeberry growing in backyard.A Texas dandelion accidentally brought from home! Yay!
Weird fungus in front strawberry bed where sweetgum roots are rotting.Potatoes!Some eggs on the house.Dayflower. Someday I’ll figure out if it’s the native or non native species.A mystery that came along from Texas.It turns out these tiny things are seedheads, so I completely missed it blooming.I looked at it in the microscope to confirm they are seeds. Abby suggested a Nutallanthus sp which looks right. I can’t believe I somehow missed the flowers! Maybe while I was at home in Texas in April?A non native rye. It’s pulled now. Thanks Jeanne!Mystery grass, up close of seedheads. Abby has identified as Vulpia sp, but that genus contains both native and non native species.The same Vulpia sp, outside.Guest cat Shackleton wanted and got a leash walk today.He loves a good dust patch.At the end of the water hose is a small Datura wrightii that I figured I should plant while we have our probably last spell of cool weather for the spring. I left its sibling in a pot until I find out if this spot has enough sun.A baby Dalea purpurea (purple prairie clover) in the prickly pear planter! This was from a free seed packet from prairie moon. I didn’t use any inoculum.Abby very kindly gave me one of her two seedlings from her Rudbeckia maxima! Really excited to watch this one grow!!
The Tupperware experiment Ashy Sunflowers have a few more sprouts as of 04/26. I need to move them more carefully as the last two I tried to plant promptly shriveled up and died.Texas mallow coming up!The other individual of Texas mallow coming up!Now on 04/28, an Ashy Sunflower actually sprouting from seed! I believe this was one that got stratified.04/28 rock garden is looking good.Penstemon grandiflorus from prairiemoon.com as bare root seems to be growing!The Astragalus (ground plum) not looking as good again.Finishing up the 04/28 pics, the culinary sage is blooming in the rainbow garden!
Moving some things out of plant window to outside, I found two ashy sunflower seedlings in the experimental warm humid container! I have planted them in potting soil now. I will keep them inside for now as I imagine they will need a careful hardening off.