I love planting from seed. You do need lots of patience to do so – the plants take a long to flower and bear fruit. This spring I have been photographing my cucumber seedlings for about one month.
May 13: Here is one small one – the cucumber plant has two early leaves, and this it is a dicot (dicotyledon). These first two are called embryonic leaves.
May 20: A cucumber seedling one week later – now you can see a little of one true leaf. Note how big those embryonic leaves have grown.
May 28: After a bit of a drought, we had a wet week. See how big the true leaf has grown. I love photographing plants when they have just a touch of water upon them.
June 7: Now is the time I really need to start adding more of the seedlings to the garden. The cucumber plants are competing for space with the peas. My peas are quite happy, and now some of the cucumber seedlings are growing around them in the garden.
June 8: A few more seedlings need a home (in the ground).
June 8: I planted more cucumber seedlings in the ground today. Sometimes it takes a while for a seedling to get used to the new setting – this is called transplant shock.
Finally, for some color, enjoy a shot of my portulaca (moss rose). I planted quite of few in my front yard this year.
What is in your garden? Even if you don’t have a garden, what would you like to grow?