Friday photo – 2013’s “also rans” part 1

Each Friday I’ve been putting up what I thought was the best photo of the week, usually with a story relevant to the time of year – what’s in flower, what work I’m doing, what’s being harvested, how the whole system is operating. Some weeks it’s an easy choice, but some weeks it’s been very hard to choose. So for the end of the year, here’s a selection of photos that would have made it in had there not been something that just tipped them out. This is the first half – second half tomorrow.

A green caterpillar approximately 12-15 cm long crawls diagonally across the photo. It has a curved horn at the tale and little black spots above each leg.

July 2013. The caterpillar of what I think is a hawk moth – it has the little horn on the tail, the spots along the side and the funny head. And the size.

Small green leafy herbs standing spritely across the frame. Most leaves are missing bits. There are several mostly-out-of-focus small brown shapes which on close inspection turn out to be snails.

August 2013. Little snails are feasting voraciously upon my fenugreek. There go my dreams of having enough spare leaf matter to make aloo methi.

Seen from above, a small matlike plant forms a green circle studded with tiny white-and-yellow daisy flowers.

September 2013. I don’t know the name of this weed. Every time I see it I mean to look up if it’s actually a kind of chamomile or just a really irritating prickle plant.

A young soft green leafy lettuce sprouts in a rosette amongst strap-like blue-green daffofil leaves and darker green tiny thyme leaves.

October 2013. Lettuce seedlings volunteered to grow in the primary tree bed amongst the thyme and daffodils. None grew in any of the beds where I planted it.

Little plastic trays holding cardboard-esque seedling punnets filled with wet black dirt. Two squares have large seeds unfurling into seedlings.

October 2013. I planted a large batch of warmth-loving seedlings, mostly melons and cucumbers, and also a few kinds I should have done back in August. These are purple king beans and purple salsify, meant for planting under the Cercis siliquastrum.

A dill flower head seen clear and close. The structure is very like an umbrella that has been blown upwards by strong wind. It consists of many small umbels each containing a seed on its own stem. The effect is of a fractal umbrella made of smaller and smaller umbrellas.

November 2013. Dill is from the plant family usually known as Apiaceae, but once known as Umbelliferae due to their distinctive flower head structure.

Spikes drift from left to right, each carrying many little gnarled knobby green seeds along its length.

November 2013. I allowed the silverbeet to bolt at the beginning of its second warm season, having grown it for almost a full year at this point. I could have continued growing it but was resting the bed.

Many heart-shaped green leaves, deeper colour at their centres and each with a pale ring around. Some are shadowed by leaves behind them.

November 2013. I love the shape and colour of the Cercis siliquastrum leaves. I think it’s wondrous how they glow deep at heart and then bright at edge when you look through them towards the sun.

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