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The Harvest

Eva and I did some impromptu sunflower seed harvesting today. I wasn’t expecting to do it so soon, but the seeds came out relatively easily, and it gave Eva something to do since we were stuck on the porch. (I can’t go too far without Kirsi.)

We ended up harvesting 1.5 heads. The other heads either weren’t mature or were devoured by the local wildlife before I realized they had fallen. One of the heads seemed to be affected by mildew in the center, hence the 0.5. I still have two heads that are attached to living plants, so I may get another chance at harvesting more seeds.

The process was pretty simple: either rub or pluck out the seeds and collect them in a bowl. Eva excelled at this task. She liked running her hands through the seeds in the bowl. I’ll admit, it’s a pretty cool feeling.

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Eva harvesting sunflower seeds.

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Our bounty.

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I performed a bit of quality control by picking out debris and damaged seeds.

I’m now tasked with dividing up the seeds and roasting most of them. (I’ve received some requests for seeds since the plants were so impressive. The originals came from a $0.99 pack of seeds I bought at Walmart.) This will be my first time roasting sunflower seeds, so I have no idea if I will succeed. Wish me luck!

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A Mammoth Blooms

It’s finally happened, folks.  A mammoth sunflower has bloomed.

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If you look closely, you can see Eva's cute little face peeking out from the porch.

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The first mammoth sunflower bloom.

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The mammoths on the side of the house are still growing skyward!

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The view from our front yard.

I’m surprised that the bloom is so small.  Well, it’s not small compared to other flowers, but it’s smaller than I expected.  It’s also on one of my short stalks, so that may be why.

I’m looking forward to seeing if the larger stalks produce bigger blooms.  Then I’ll collect seeds from the largest heads for planting next year.  😀


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Snippets of the Past Week

Last week was pretty busy.  For us, that is.  We don’t usually “go out” for activities, but last week we went out twice.  And then Uncle JJ slept over Friday night and played with Eva for most of Saturday.  Needless to say, Eva spent today recovering from all the fun she had.

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Eva was set on using a glass cup with a straw.

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Kirsi and Uncle Jon partied like rockstars at his birthday dinner.

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This did not happen under my watch. 🙂

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The weather was finally nice enough for Eva to make use of her porch pool!

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Kirsi and Daddy relaxed after Friday night dinner with Gwanny, Pop pop, and Uncle JJ.

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Eva tried to put a pretty yellow hairbow in Kirsi's hair so they could match.

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Mammoth sunflower progress.

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If we're lucky, we might get a flower right in the window! 🙂


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Sunflowers!

Shortly before Kirsi was born, I planted a bunch of sunflower seeds.  (I thought all the squatting would put me into labor.  It didn’t.  The only thing I accomplished was making myself hot, tired, and sore.)  I planted them mainly as an experiment.  I wanted to see if they’d grow and if they’d survive all the severe storms we’ve been having every summer.  Last year I tried growing some sunflowers from birdseed, and they were ravaged by the derecho that blew through.

This year I upgraded and used seeds meant for planting.  Most of them sprouted, and all of the plants are looking great!

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Mammoth Sunflowers

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Black Oil Sunflowers (I think)

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Mammoth Sunflowers - I have no idea why one is so much taller.

I planted three different varieties.  I’m at a loss now, as to what they were.  I know I planted the mammoth kind at the front of the house and along the side near the flamingos.  I think I planted black oils, but I can’t be sure.  I planted a white variety as well, but the buds are looking awful yellow.  Maybe they’ll turn white once they open.

I’m still waiting for buds on the mammoths.  I love how tall they’ve gotten, and I think I’ll stick to just that variety next year.  (I like being able to see them in the windows.)  Sunflowers are my kind of flower.  They take practically no care, and even I haven’t managed to kill them.  😀


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Catching Up

I’ve been pretty busy lately with family activites and my “job.”  I know I haven’t been posting often, but it’s not due to lack of material!  I took on some cleaning gigs for a couple of family members to earn some extra cash.  Gotta support my habits!

Today I snapped a couple shots of my gardening triumphs.  Up first, one of my black oil sunflowers:

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Black Oil Sunflower

And, as an experiment, I decided to leave some jalapeno peppers on the plant until they fully ripened and turned red:

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Jalapeno Peppers

Eva’s been well.  Here she is digging through her basket of toys:

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I can’t believe she’s already 9 months old!  Last weekend Kai and I took her to my cousin’s house to get her picture taken.  The shots turned out AWESOME.  Get ready for some Eva overload, because I’ll be sharing them in my next post.  🙂