Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sunflower storm...

First I have some exciting news! I have some HUGE zucchini's growing out in the garden right now. Yesterday I picked two of them. I also have some 8 ball zucchini plants growing as a test to see if the plants really are more compact than regular zucchini plants. So far I'm not buying it.. The 8 ball zucchini plants are a bit more compact like the package said.. but I just don't feel they are small enough not to plant regular zucchini's next year. My regular zucchini plants produce such LARGE zucchini's I feel I'm going to get more bang for my buck. Here is what I picked yesterday!! Just about an hour ago I was getting ready to head out, but needed to take some trash out before I left. A thunderstorm had just rolled through, but it wasn't too bad so I didn't think much of it.. To my suprise the winds of that storm TOOK DOWN on of my SUNFLOWERS!!!!!! OMG.. the horror.. Here is the long stalk against the house while I'm trying to figure out if I should dig a hole to put it in.. or if I should just cut off all the flowers. It's a multi flower sunflower and had 14 little flowers getting ready to push out on it... Further to the left you can see the cluster of sunflowers I planted that are pushed out from the house after a storm we had a few weeks ago.

I'm NOT having good luck with my sunflowers this year... I tried digging a hole and putting it in it.. but it just fell over again.. so.. dreadfully I cut off the top and cut off all the small flowers growing along the stalk and brought them in the house.
NOT how I was planning on enjoying my first sunflower out this year... but lets see what we can do with it. The big main sunflower had TONS of ants in it, so it couldn't stay in the house. I was able to put 12 of the sunflowers growing in a cute little black pitcher and they are now sitting out on the patio to get sun and love. I have no idea if they are going to grow out there or not.. but I guess we'll find out. For a smaller sunflower it had a luckier life. It had no ants in it and got to take a place in a nice little set of flowers I bought earlier today at Kroger. They are some interesting little flowers and I thought they'd be cool to have out w/ some greenery... and now they get a sunflower with them!!! In the shot glasses I put the smallest sunflowers that were growing on the stalk! Ignore the birthday bag in the background.. that's a gift on it's way out to Rhode Island!!!

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