Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Cukes

I went out in the garden Saturday and became intrigued with  everything  the cucumber tendrils wrapping themselves around the wire fence. The cucumber plants were slow to take off this year, but now they seem to be growing about a foot a day.

cucumber plant

cucumber tendrils

cucumber tendril

cucumber tendrils

cucumber tendril

The tendrils obviously curl, but when I looked closely they seemed to be curling in two different directions. To make a long story short, here is a link to a great little video about the movement of plants in general and the “curliness ” of the cucumber tendrils in particular:

Unwinding The Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Go ahead and call me a plant geek, but I love this stuff.

Garden Glory in July

Monarda 'Cambridge Scarlet'

Bee Balm (Monarda) ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ in the sunny border.

hydrangea 'Endless Summer'

Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer’ , cool blue like nothing else in the garden.


Lots of Echinacea in “Jo-Anne’s Garden” near the Outreach Center.

globe thistle and day lily

Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) and Day Lilies (Hemerocallis) thrive in a hot and sunny spot.


An unknown-to-me pollinator on Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) west of the greenhouse.