Friday, August 1, 2008

More veggies

My okra has really had a struggle this year. First, ants were colonizing aphids at an impressive rate on the flowers and tender, new growth. Then, the chipmunks got it:

I loathe chipmunks.

Finally, the few surviving plants are beginning to bloom:

I really love okra. It's an amazingly versatile plant that's got great flowers. I grow it for an ornamental annual and for my SO who loves to eat it. It's easy to grow and I direct sow it a couple of weeks after the last frost. It loves our crappy soil and I can't find anything to dislike about that!

If the flower reminds you of a Hibiscus, that's probably because it should. :) Okra and Hibiscus are cousins, of sorts, but okra definitely win in terms of flavor.


Gallery Juana said...

Thanks for coming by my blog.

Since living in an apartment, I really miss having a yard and garden.

I enjoyed seeing all the plants on your blog.

Sandra Evertson said...

There is always something so soothing to see handing working it the earth! Lovely photos!

BlossomingTree said...

I'm not an okra eater but my DH loves it. They do have pretty flowers.