Normally, July in Illinois is not a rainy month. Hot & humid, yes. Wet, no.
Normally, we are wanting a good rain. Not so much this year.
I am thankful my gardening is done predominantly as a hobby and for enjoyment, rather than for our livelihood … such as the grain farmers.
This morning, in between (and even during) sprinkles, I took the camera around the garden patch at my house. The pumpkins are at Mom’s place this year, so I’ll get photos of them another day.
The ornamental corn is starting to tassel. The tassel is considered a “flower.” It will drop pollen onto the budding ears’ silks. The sticky silks catch the pollen. A pollinated silk forms the kernel. One silk for every kernel. That’s what I’ve been told … I’ve never actually counted. 😉
I was glad to see the ornamental corn tasseling before the popcorn. I did not plant them at the same time, hoping to avoid cross-pollination. However, ornamental popping corn may have been fun, though?
My sister decided we needed to add sweet potatoes to the fall fun. She said we needed to plant plenty. Since she was helping, we bought two batches of slips … 35 or so plants! They are doing well; beginning to vine. I have taken to mowing between the garden rows!! Too wet to till or hoe.