This will be a quick Six on Saturday, as I’m running late. Weather is typical for June: currently 84 F (28.9 C), 70% humidity. Expecting a high around 90 F (32 C).
1. Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’ with creeping cucumber
‘Jacob Cline’ is reputedly one of the best clones of our native scarlet beebalm. As advertised, it seems to be very resistant to powdery mildew, but what I had not anticipated is how vigorously it spreads through moist soil. From a single 8-inch pot, the plants have spread into a 10×20-foot clump constrained mainly by mowed paths surrounding the bed. “Hummingbirdbalm” would be a better common name.
Even M. didyma can’t compete with the invasiveness of creeping cucumber (Melothria pendula), an annoying weed that crawls over everything and makes the flowerbed look even more overgrown and messy than it would otherwise. The tiny cucumber-like fruits are edible when green, but they’re reported to be a powerful laxative when black and fully ripe.
2. Gladiolus ‘Boone’
Gladiolus ‘Boone’ is one of the old glads that have survived for many years around southern homesteads. This clone was found at an abandoned site near Boone, North Carolina and is now well established in the horticultural trade. I got mine from Niche Gardens in Chapel Hill. It is roughly on the same scale as the yellow Gladiolus that I suspect is G. ‘Carolina Primrose,’ and is significantly smaller than my Gladiolus ‘Eno Orange.’
3. Zea mays (sweet corn)
Youngest offspring brought home a single kernal of sweet corn from a “farm-to-table” field trip at school. We didn’t have a good bed to grow it in, so I stuck it in a large pot along with some tomato seedlings. So far, so good.
4. Canna ‘Flaming Kabobs’
Here’s one that I have featured before. You get to see it again, because it is my favorite canna and is the first to bloom this year. I was worried that it might not survive last winter, but it came through with flying colors when several other cannas succumbed to the cold and snow.
5. Verbascum chaixii (nettle-leaved mullein)
Another repeat, but it isn’t easy coming up with six new plants for every Six on Saturday. I wish my V. chaixii plants would seed around a bit, but so far I haven’t found any volunteer seedlings.
Are we getting bored of box turtle pictures yet? Never! Here’s a juvenile that I almost stepped on.
And last, but not least, turtle butt!
This lady (I assume) was trying unsuccessfully to hide under some Stokesia laevis (Stokes’ aster) in the garden area at my workplace when I went outside to eat lunch on Friday. So, it’s in a garden, just not my garden.
I think she is a river cooter (Pseudemys concinna) looking for somewhere to dig a nest.
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