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A Mammoth Falls

Today, while I was sitting on the porch with Eva, I heard a crack and saw one of my mammoth sunflowers plummet to the ground. I don’t know enough about sunflowers to know whether the seeds in the fallen plant’s head will ripen now that the plant is broken. I cut off the head anyway and brought it onto the porch.


It was by far the biggest flower Eva had ever seen. And it was yellow. She spent some time carefully investigating the bloom, then moved on to plucking the petals. I’ll leave it on the porch to see if the seeds become viable, but I have my doubts. It’s a shame really, because that was one tall plant!

The rest of my mammoths are still standing, and I hope they stay that way. I need at least one to ripen so I can harvest some seeds!

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A Mammoth Blooms

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


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


The first mammoth sunflower bloom.


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


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.  😀



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!



Mammoth Sunflowers


Black Oil Sunflowers (I think)


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:


Black Oil Sunflower

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


Jalapeno Peppers

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


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.  🙂


Plant Progress

I think it’s about time for an update on my plants’ progress.  Up first, my dark purple African violet:


A seedpod? Maybe?

I’m hoping that that right there is the beginning of a seedpod.  This particular plant has more than one of these swollen looking things, so I may be wrong.  I’m going to try to think optimistically, though.  I did hand-pollinate more than one flower.

My bell pepper seedlings are looking awesome.  I’ve never had pepper seedlings get this big, so I’m in uncharted territory!


Bell Pepper Seedlings

The two different kinds of sunflowers I planted are growing bigger every day:


Mexican Sunflower Seedlings


Black Oil Sunflower Seedlings

The violas have begun to grow their true leaves:


Viola Seedling

The carnations are slowly adding height:


Carnation Seedlings

The foxgloves are getting bushy:


Foxglove Seedlings

And my one lonely columbine seedling is doing well:


Columbine Seedling

I’m so excited that we’ve finally hit April.  Only another month’s wait until I can transfer these guys outside!


A Sprout!



Carnation Sprout

My carnation seeds have started to sprout!  Nothing else in my flower seed tray is showing signs of life, but I’ll take what I can get.  So far I can see seedlings in two of the five cups.  I am beyond ecstatic.  🙂

Today, Eva and I went to her grammy’s house to plant surprise pansies.  We spent a couple hours outside preparing the area and planting.  Eva slept through most of it.


Front of Mom's house - with pansies!

I took the liberty of surrounding her mailbox with flowers.  She never plants anything there, and I don’t know why.  I love the look of mailbox gardens.

While I waited for Eva to wake up, I googled information on Mexican sunflowers.  My mother-in-law gave me some seeds, and I wanted to research the proper care.  While doing that, it dawned on me that I could try planting regular sunflowers, too, using some of my mom’s birdseed.  I found some black oil sunflower seeds in the basement and stole a handful.


Mexican Sunflower Seeds (left), Black Oil Sunflower Seeds (right)

I’ll plant these guys later tonight.  It’ll be cool to have some ginormous flowers in my garden come summer!

Before ending this post, I’d like to share a picture of my Tete-a-tete daffodil.  It’s still blooming, but the leaves have spread out quite a bit.  I hope that’s not a sign of trouble.  I’d like to keep it as an indoor plant if possible.  If I can’t, I may have some daffodils it could join out near my shrubs.  Something’s coming up out there, and I’m pretty sure it’s daffodils.  I think the guy who sold us the house may have planted flower bulbs.  🙂


Tete-a-tete Daffodil