Some people call this a weed. Not sure the name of this plant but it grows wild in untended areas and thus, could be considered a weed. This picture shows it about to bloom. I’ll post a panned out view when it fully blooms to show its leaves and give a better perspective because it grows around here everywhere. Since the plant seems to thrive in densely packed clay that was used as fill in the new front parkway area I let these grow out to see what they look like. There is nothing wrong with keeping weeds that flower out into something. Who knows: maybe this weed can be turned into a medicine? The front parkway has several variety of weeds growing out to their full potential. They provide contrast to the “wildflowers” I planted from seed packets. These weeds are the true wildflowers. There are certain classes of invasive weeds I pull like chickweed; weeds that creep along and choke other plants. Weeds that stay to themselves I let be unless they’re in the way of something else.
Tomato update: Picked first tomato on main roof August 1 with a little Blossom End Rot (BER). There have been lots of little BER throwaways but they are becoming less so hopefully a good crop will come soon. No sign of mites; perhaps because there has been so much heavy rain. Mites seem to thrive in dry environment. Some browning of leaves on sucker branches which I have been cropping. Nothing bad so far. Fingers crossed and updated pics are forthcoming.