I had to cut down the last of the shungiku- largely because the ailing plant had become a scale and aphid factory. I kept it going for a while because it was feeding the ladybugs and bees, but it was finally time.
Luckily the bees have plenty to snack on besides a giant dying spindly chrysanthemum.
Like potato flowers!
My big old potato bed is a roaring success- which is wild. I also love that my purple potatoes are flowering- purple!
Hopefully I’ll have one or two yummy new potatoes soon before I have to toughen them up. But the potato flowers are an encouraging sight.
Also encouraging- the scarlet runner beans. I can see why some folks plant these as ornamentals- they are gorgeous!
I see many beans in my future.
My cough syrup herb- never used but to feed the bees- is blooming like mad.
So is the agastache I saved from the defunct bed.
But my pride and joy is the African Blue Basil. I have succeeded in perennializing it! And now it is basically the bee zone.
I was going to move it to near the tomatoes but they seem to be getting plenty of buzzing attention without the basil’s help.
The weather is still just flipping between hot and sunny and cool and muggy, but the plants seem to have settled in now that most are in beds.
It’s a strange time of year for this much weather shock- but I’m glad things flower despite it.