This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ah! sunflower


August is for sunflowers! I love all the tiny little flowers gathered together into one great big sunny ring of yellow.

(Wikipedia says there are 1,000-2,000 little flowers per head and that H. Vogel proposed in 1979 that the polar coordinates of their arrangement is modeled by r = c \sqrt{n}, \theta = n \times 137.5^{\circ}.)

Our community gardens are full of many 15 foot tall sunflowers this year. They stand above the fence tops. The sparrows, goldfinches and chickadees are singing as they flit among them.

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

William Blake P. 1793



Blogger Karina said...

Wow the sunflower is lovely!! Does it look bigger in picture or is that really the actual size?

August 23, 2011 6:13 PM

Blogger Kacee said...

Sunflowers are amazing, the outside yellow petals are the male flowers and the inside (obviously where the seeds form) are the female flowers!

August 25, 2011 3:27 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Kacee that's cool - are you sure? I think since there's pollen on the inside flowers and seed, that these are both male and female. I read somewhere the outer ones with petals are infertile females. But its hard to find a reliable source. I never thought about this. Very interesting.

August 25, 2011 10:34 PM

Blogger kathy said...

And about the size, which on my monitor is actual size about 3 inches - Its bigger than that. The head of this flower is about 12-15 inches across.

August 25, 2011 10:37 PM

Blogger JenSwan60 said...

This is so beautiful. Thank you.

August 29, 2011 7:29 PM

Blogger Karina said...

Very pretty! What temperature does it need to grow and how long did it approximately take for it to grow? I'm debating if I have enough time to grow them now.

August 30, 2011 5:01 PM

Blogger Thagirion said...

I love sunflowers. I had one just pop out of nowhere for me this summer.

September 01, 2011 5:35 PM


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