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Weekly photo challenge Close Up

This  basil has green leaves with lovely white blooms. This  basil has purple blooms. See these pretty purple flowers on the basil plants? Yeah, they need to go. Basil wants to bloom as summer progresses. To keep the plant lush, pinch off the bloom stems as they appear. The blooms of some basil plants, are so gorgeous that I rarely pinch them back to prevent flowering. The bees and butterflies are big fans of basil blooms. If you want to save seeds from your basil to plant next year, however, it’s time to let a few plants flower. You can continue to harvest from part of the plant and just let a few stems bloom, if you like. close up on tiny delicate blooms on basil