This week it’s not my garden that I feature. Today was a peculiar day in Oklahoma City. Thunderstorms were hovering. One didn’t really know if was going to pour all day, or do nothing at all. (As it turns out, it just spit rain on and off all day.) My son Cooper is always up for an adventure. The two of us woke early and made a visit to the OSU in OKC Farmers’ Market.
Many European garden bloggers participate in Six on Saturday, and may not be aware of the American program of ‘cooperative extension services.’ Each state within the United States has a college/university that sponsors a cooperative extension service that provides citizens with all kinds of information regarding agricultural sciences and natural resources. In Oklahoma, the cooperative extension service is coordinated by Oklahoma State University (OSU). There are extension offices in every county throughout the state. There is a website with a wealth of information. My go-to-resource is the area for Fact Sheets – where you can find a concise overview regarding a wide variety of subjects. Today, I picked up one I had not seen before, addressing “Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Carpenter Bees, and Sweat Bees.”
Within the Oklahoma City metro, I believe the OSU extension hosts the largest farmers’ market. It is open every Saturday from 8am until 1pm. And so …. Six things. In a garden. On A Saturday.
1 – Sunflowers. The farmers’ market is held at the OSU in OKC facilities, and so the grounds are part of the campus. Adjacent to the pavilion where the market is held, there is a garden. I always find something interesting growing here. Today, I loved this large area of sunflowers.
2 – Unknown Plant. This fascinating plant was also in the garden area adjacent to the pavilion. I have no idea what this is, but I love it. The foliage is large and has a purple tint. The spike-like balls actually develop into flowers. (See comment below. Plant identified as castor beans. Thanks to myownlittleallotment!)
3 – Red bell peppers. I am a fan of red bell peppers. I have one plant in my garden. I can’t imagine tending to a garden that could produce this many perfect bell peppers. Gorgeous!
4 – Purple Hull Peas. My family knows that I am a sucker for the colorful. Why have green hulls when you can have purple?
5 – Armenian Cucumber. My family also knows that I am a sucker of the unusual. Wow!
6 – Zinnias. This was clearly the flower of the day at the farmers’ market. Every color in the rainbow. Absolutely beautiful.
To see what other gardeners are featuring this week, check out the post and comment section in this link: Six on Saturday. Until next time …