This is not how we normally look at these flowers, stems and vegetables (fruits). They might look strange out of context. That was sort of intended. ‘Six on Saturday’ allows more freedom of creativity than the simple illustrations that I use for the gardening column. The last two are closeups of the same two gladiolas that were featured last week. Perhaps they show color better.

I should try this again for next week.

1. Lily of the Nile is the ‘Fourth of July Flower’. It blooms for the Fourth of July, and the florets radiate from the center of their floral truss like fireworks. I will write more about this at noon.P00704-1

2. Epiphyllum stems, like the stems of other cacti, do all the work of foliage. Because they are flat, they actually look like big and weirdly arching leaves. New tip growth is still rather blushed.P00704-2

3. Zucchini is too productive. I neglected to go down to harvest it for two days or so, and then found that some fruits had gotten as big as bowling pins. They are fortunately not too tough yet.P00704-3

4. Red willow is a weedy tree that I should not be growing intentionally. This is special though. I brought its cuttings from Reno. It will be coppiced, and not allowed to grow as a real tree.P00704-4

5. Gladiola got enough attention last week that I got closer pictures of them this week. This one seemed to be more purple or less blue last week, with just a bit of white, like elderly Grimace.P00704-5

6. Gladiola are more fun when someone else selects bold colors that I would not consider. This flashy orange and yellow bloom is exquisite, and looks like Grimace’s friend, Ronald McDonald.P00704-6

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:


36 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Closeups

    1. Yes, they get a bit too productive. I planted them when there were many of us working here, but there are fewer of us here now. They get taken if I put them out on the edge of the road.

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      1. Fortunately, I really love them – brushed with olive oil and grilled; eaten with a bread roll – a very simple lunch!

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      2. Actually, I just got some for lunch about an hour ago! They are not my favorite, and will be even less appealing by the end of summer, but they are so reliable and so productive.

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      1. Yes, ‘zucchini’ is the American word for a particular ‘courgette’; even though ‘zucchini’ is supposedly an Italian word for ‘little squash’ (because it is harvested while immature).


    1. Thank you. I would like to take the credit for them. They did this last year too. I do not know how long they have been here, but they are strangely perennial.


  1. Lovely shots. I like to look closely at flowers. And while I don’t like it when zucchini get big, I do know what to do with them. Turn them into Nature’s one-pot meal by roasting and stuffing them. Yum! Happy Fourth!

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  2. GREAT SIX and good job with the close-ups. When I lived in Mississippi I had a lot of trouble with borers and the zucchini. So, when I came back here to Missouri I planted a whole 50′ row. There were no borer issues but I had a terrible time giving away all the zucchini. Take care and thanks for sharing!

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    1. Gads! A fifty foot long row would be WAY too much. It is not easy to store. We canned it a long time ago, but it was just mush. Pickling worked better, but there is no need for SO many pickles. I grow only three groups of three plants here, which produces a good volume for those who work here. I could actually grow a bit more, but there are yellow squash too.

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      1. We chopped it up finely for canning, hoping to fry it in patties. It sort of worked, but tasted ‘canned’. Once drained of the liquid that separates from it in the canning process, it is probably not at all nutritious. Zucchini is not my favorite anyway, and is even less appealing if it tastes canned.

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    1. They are about finished. I am impressed that these have been perennial for a few years. Only a few last past the first year, and almost none last past the second year.


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