Six on Saturday - August 29, 2020

The end of August, a few weeks until Autumn.

The days are noticeably shorter, the nights much cooler (50s), and while it still gets into the 90s (next week has a run of 100s), the shorter days make it so the house stays cool without the AC.

On this last Saturday in August, here are my Six.
Thanks to The Propagator

for hosting this weekly gardening event.

Also, #5 is very pink, so...
"Anything Goes" Pink Saturday

1 - Black Cumin

You may be forgiven for mistaking black cumin for love-in-a-mist, as it too is a Nigella, 
Nigella sativa.
I don't care for love-in-a-mist, and the only reason I have black cumin is back in April, for the bloggers' A-Z Challenge, I included Nigella sativa as one of my herbs starting with N post.  I tried to grow all the herbs I wrote about, A-Z.  I got most of them!
The seeds are used medicinally and culinarily.

They open white but within a couple of days are bluish purple.
I think it's interesting how some have so many more petals than others.

 2 - Caterpillar in the Calendula

It may be a type of inchworm, but it wasn't "inching," so I could be wrong.
There was so much frass (caterpillar poop) on the leaves I knew there must be an entire family of these fellas, so I pulled out the end-of-season plant and tossed it in the compost heap so they didn't spread to other unaffected plants in the same bed.

 3 - Bees in the Artichoke

I love how the bees crawl in and out of the anemone-look artichoke florets!
There's a skipper butterfly on the right-hand side too.  This is the last artichoke flower this year.

 4 - Pineapple Tomato

I was happy to find one of my three mystery Wintersown tomatoes is 
a Pineapple Tomato  This is the first time growing that variety.  It germinated in a Wintersowing jug, the first time I've tried it that way,  as I didn't believe it would work with tomatoes.
The tomatoes are really pretty, with red swirled into the yellow, and quite heavy, very fleshy.
But...  they don't taste like vine ripened summer tomatoes should taste, I was very disappointed.
I can't quite put my finger (or tongue) on what they do taste like, but there is something familiar to them.

5 - Pollinator Garden Cosmos and Coneflowers

The Candystripe cosmos are gorgeous, and now that they are blooming more the bees actually prefer them to the purple coneflowers.  Earlier in the summer the coneflowers were all the draw, but now they are not even a close third in popularity, coreopsis coming in second to the cosmos.
I've wanted coneflowers for so long, so it's hard to admit they are a bit underwhelming.
Candystripe are my favorite cosmos, each flower is a little different from it's plantmate.

6 -Mystery Plants

Mystery solved by JL!
Oenothera, or Evening Primrose

I've been watching these two grow all season, in two different beds. It's possible they are
something new I grew from seed and don't recognize.  They could also be volunteers.
Anyone have an idea what these could be?
They are growing like some perennial's first year, or biennials, with a flat rosette.
 They are fairly large, close to a foot across.

Have a safe and happy weekend.


  1. I saw your link on Pink Saturday. I love the caterpillar! These pictures are all stunning. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and letting me know you were here! There are SO many of the Pinks to get through, it takes me some time!

  2. Great Cosmos, still no idea on your mystery plant? Will look forward to finding out like you, probably when it flowers.

    1. Yes, flowers will tell. Then, I'll probably say, "Duh! Of COURSE that's what it is!"

  3. Gorgeous pictures!I don't like caterpillars in my plants! Happy Pink Saturday!

    1. Neither do I! It's funny though, we plant things on purpose for butterfly caterpillars to come eat, but then try to stop others!

  4. Could the mystery plant be a type of verbascum? There's one with yellow flowers that looks like that at first. Does that nigella seed around? I made the mistake of letting Love in a Mist loose in my yard and I don't think I'll ever be rid of it. That is such a pretty Cosmos!

    1. I suppose it could be, if there is a non-fuzzy kind that volunteers. The fuzzy kind is wild around the area, I've admired it up along the river from Gold Hill. There are a few formal turnout areas we like to stop by, it's so pretty out there.
      I have no idea about this nigella! I still have some of the seed left from sowing this year. It's fine where it is though, if it wants to come back.

  5. Your mystery plant looks like an Oenothera to me.

    1. I think you're right! I DID have some seeds this past wintersowing season, and in my notes wrote I planted a very few small ones, "places." I also would have thrown leftover seed in the area one is growing. Mine look just like some online, right down to the purple in the leaves. Thank you.

  6. I also grow pineapple tomatoes, on the other hand mine are much darker yellow than yours. The flesh is juicy and sweet. Maybe yours wasn't ripe enough yet? In any case, it's one of my favorites . A problem, the plant only gives 3 or 4 fruits and are very short.

    1. Odd for a tomato to bear so few fruits. Not much point in all those months of care. I think it was ripe, but will leave others on longer in case it wasn't. My plant is big, would be bigger if it were in the ground, but I have it in a large container.

  7. I did mistake your Black Cumin for love-in-a-mist - thank you for the explanation. To be honest I don’t appear to have many caterpillars in the garden, I do have zillions of snails, but we did find a bright green one in the salad that my dear husband insist he washed thoroughly. Yuk.

    The bees are loving that artichoke - they’re so busy and efficient. I have tomato woes too but that’s for another day. I have read that the tomato’s flavour improves towards the end of the season, so I hope you get some that you really enjoy.


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