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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mysterious Growing Things

Some flowers had been planted by the previous occupant of this abode and are starting to make themselves known -- other plants come from the envelopes of wildflower seeds obtained at Whole Foods and scattered around the first week of May.

Today I learned the difference between a potential wildflower, and crabgrass, so the process of weeding the wildflower jungle has begun.

blue wildflowers

gutter raiding marauder

experimental mini garden

orange - not sure what they are

Is it a weed or a flower?

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Close up

This is a more sunny picture, revealing the close competition in height development between various contenders in the Sunflower 500.

The anti-caterpillar department is monitoring for any potential munching, and there has been discussion between members of the Thinning out committee about potentially relocating a couple of the beasts in this picture over by the fence in the backyard.

In a new development, the research and development lab has located a plastic halloween pumpkin head that could serve as a basis for a scarecrow. Everyone agrees that early strategic planning is important in order to pre-emptively deal with the reality of the seeds later in the summer, which are likely to attract significant interest in the local bird community.

Earlier plans to research a laser-guided bird spanker were scrapped due to recent budget cuts.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


I am having fun trying to grow a breed of sunflowers called Mammoth Greystripes in a nook in the back of the house. I obtained the seeds at Whole Foods, thinking that it was merely supposed to result in a sunflower of larger diameter, but evidently it is of height as well – these wonderful monsters can grow as high as 10-12 feet!

I estimate the age of this group of towering brutes to be about 43 days, and the tallest of them is about 35”. So for you math buffs out there, that averages to around roughly .813 inches/day.

I think there’s a bit of a race going on; I had named one of the flowers Grond, after a character in the Lord of the Rings, but I think another flower was a bit chuffed by that and unexpectedly shot up to be first place in the height category.