Six on Saturday - June 27, 2020

A week of summer gone by already.
The weather in my zone 8b is seasonably hot!  

Here are six things in my garden today for 
Six on Saturday
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1 - Mushroom Family in the Pollinator Garden

I'm not an expert, not even an amateur mushroom identifier, but I think these are
Parasola plicatilis, or Pleated Inkcap mushrooms.  Also called Japanese Umbrella or Parasols.
They commonly appear overnight in short grass, like lawns, and complete their life cycle in 24 hours.

 2 - Wild Basil in the Pollinator Garden

To my delight, one plant was discovered last spring (I tossed some seeds around), and this year it has spread so much, peeking out beneath the taller plants.  Wild basil (Clinopodium vulgare) is a perennial wildflower in the mint family, although not a basil.  It's a native, although I've never seen it in the wild. 

Wild basil flowers similarly to some mints, in what I think of as poodle pompoms!   It has the recognizable flowers of the mint family. 

 3 - Crazy Cayenne Coreopsis

I ordered this from American Meadows earlier this year, and while it's still quite a small plant, it's covered in flowers. 

 4 - Annual Tall Plains Coreopsis

I LOVE coreopsis! 

 5 - Mashenka

The first tomato on the way!
I'm glad I didn't give up when the tomatoes were tiny seedlings.  
I tend to think they'll never amount to anything, and they always prove me wrong.
I'll still think it next year though.

 6 - Strawberry Mint

My favorite mint for aroma is strawberry mint, it smells like strawberry jam!
The bees love this one best, with woolly apple mint a close second. 
It lives up to its invasive reputation.

 I missed National Pollinator Week, which ends tomorrow!  Many state governors failed to officially declare the week this year, but then, they've been pretty busy with other things. 


  1. What an interesting variety this week. I nearly always doubt my tomatoes but they are a success each year. Keep at it, nothing beats fresh tomatoes, well, almost nothing.

    1. I start tomatoes from seed every couple of years. There have been times I do give up, and I shouldn't. They do fine. This year I have three that came up via winter sowing, and they are nearly as far along as the others. I doubted winter sowing would work for tomatoes, but it sure did! The stems are sturdier too.

  2. Superb second coreopsis! I grow 2 in my garden and the flowers also come gradually.
    My first ripe tomato ( 'Black Crimean', often the winner ) was eaten yesterday with basil that I had also sown in the spring: perfectly synchronized! You will have to wait a bit longer to do the same though ...but you will eat them !

    1. I was disappointed none of my tall red plains coreopsis seemed to grow this year. Of course, last year they didn't do well either, so maybe they just aren't as vigorous. Tall plains is really tall! Unless they are among other things to support them I am using bamboo stacks to hold them up. I've never grown Mashenka (or the other, Marshmallow in Chocolate) before, but I expect they'll be good! All fresh tomatoes are good! I am a failure at growing basil again this year. In the ground, in containers, direct seeds, started indoors... mine never works out.

  3. Funny, but those mushrooms steal the show! If I'd only studied my mycology book thoroughly when gifted it at Christmas, I would be able to I.D. it for you. I need to hunt down some strawberry mint as it sounds delightful.

    1. I didn't even try to identify them! I guess could try.
      Strawberry mint is wonderful! Much smaller leaves than others.

    2. It's probably a Parasola plicatilis, or pleated inkcap. Also known as the Japanese Umbrella or Japanese Parasol. It grows overnight in short grass, like lawns, and lasts 24 hours. These just haven't unfurled yet, so looked different from the ones I do get in my lawn!


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