We had a father’s day cookout at my dad’s house on Saturday and the storm swept through the area that evening and made it very difficult to grill outside. We managed but I didn’t get a chance to take any picture of the foods. After the storm had passed, I went outside to photograph his garden.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/25307646 w=515&h=290]
I uploaded my video in HD format, if you have a slow internet connection please watch in Youtube.
I was surprised to see how tall his corns got, his garden takes on a different height with all the string beans climbing the trellis and reaching the top.
I missed part of elementary school education in the US and read about the corn from Lee’s library book. The corn plants have both male and female parts, the male part is known as the tassel (picture below). The tassel usually consists of several branches that looks very much like rice pods, and it has many small male flowers. Each male flower releases a large number of pollen grains, each of which contains the male sex cell.
The female floral organ is called an ear, my dad calls it the corn. The immature ear consists of a cob, eggs that develop into kernels after pollination, and silks. Pollination occurs when pollen falls on the exposed silks. Following pollination, a male sex cell grows down each silk to a single egg and fertilization, the union of the male and female sex cells occurs. The fertilized egg develops into a kernel and inside each kernel is a single embryo of a new plant. These are small white Asian corn.
My sister’s tomatoes are huge.
The storm had broke off one of the branches of the Thai eggplant. It was extremely high wind if you had a chance to watch the beginning of the video.
It has been very dry and we got about 2/3 inch of rain. Even though it ruined our cookout plan, but none of us were complaining since we desperately needed the rain.
The cucumber plants need a lot of water to bear fruits that will stick.
It has been several years since my dad planted the string beans here. This is a good spot since it gets plenty of sunlight during the day.
There’s the string bean.
It was the 21st week of blooming when the lower branch flowers fell off. I think the top branch flowers still have a few weeks to go.