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What Happened to July?

One of the nice things about July is that the ginger plant blooms. This is probably the last year I get to see this one do it. It's growing by the front door & some of the stalks reach 8-feet in height. This year there are about 16 stalks. Ginger Bud

A ginger plant like this is a truly wonderful thing. I tend to cut all of the stalks down to the base in November when they are looking a little reedy. So during the winter the root looks kind of like a nasty scar. People who are unaware of what a wonderful thing emerges from the homely mess will give me a questioning look like "why do you have something like that by your front door?" Then come February or March or April the new shoots start to appear. Oh boy, such anticipation. You count the tiniest green bumps and try to calculate how far away you are going to be able to smell it when it is in full bloom. Ginger Bud

The shoots grow out & unfurl their leaves. Alternating left, right... left, right. At a certain point the buds develop at the ends, tightly wrapped with scale-like "leaves" that spiral around it. The scales continue to lengthen and flair out from the core of the long bud. They curl lightly around and protect the flower blossom that is developing inside each of them. In a few days the flower blossom grows beyond its protecting shell and unfurls itself. From the bottom of the bud to the tip they emerge, taking 5 - 10 days for the show, each day blowing more & more of their perfume over the yard. A healthy plant with a dozen or more stems can put on a display that lasts for 3 weeks.

Ginger Blooming

The ginger flowers open from the bottom up. On this plant they are 12- 16 inches in height. They smell glorious. When you have a plant with 12 or more stalks there is a huge scent cloud that skulks about waiting to pounce on you every time you walk by.

Rick Turner

I stopped over at Rick Turner's shop again. This is how you store a lot of instruments during the time they are getting finished. You can see a lot of guitar's that are not Rick's. Those are instruments Addam Stark is working on.

Found on disused telegraph poles across the country, These old insulators come in a wide variety of shapes & colors. Far from being a forgotten thind there is a National Insulator Association and many interesting and informative Glass Insulator reference pages.


Yum, waffles. What do you put on yours? More rusty objects to pack up & put away.

My favorite hydrangea is also doing its thing. It is a big one, with flowers that can be a foot or more across composed of dozens of smaller flowers, each of which has a tiny flower in its center where all of the business gets done.

Hydrangea Blossom

The bud of the flower within the flower within the flower. tightly closed

Hydrangea Flower

Different stages of the individual hydrangea blossom opening... Always fascinating. Go ahead, spend an afternoon with a flower.

Hydrangea Petals

And they change! When this hydrangea first opens the petals are pale & creamy. They develop into purple, turn green over the summer and then burgundy in the fall.

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