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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #540 on: January 30, 2020, 05:34:14 PM »
Last summer I was walking around in an auto wrecking yard when I came across a sunflower seedling that was growing in the open door frame of an old Datsun.  It was only about an inch high, so I scraped it off and put it in my shirt pocket, dirt and all.  I got home and put it in a pot and wonders of wonder, the little plant took root and began to grow.  It was a spindly little thing, but it did manage to flower.

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Here is a picture of the flower head at its peak:

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I noticed some type of bee or wasp visiting the plant for a number of weeks and I tried to take its picture.  It took awhile, but I finally got some photos of it.  The insect kept showing up for days on end, and must have spent a considerable part of its life in gathering pollen off of the sunflower.  One evening I was watching it to see where it would take off for the night, but it simply crawled inside of the petals and stayed there for the rest of the night.  I guess it had been living inside the plant all along.

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In early to mid August the plant began to dwindle.

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It was gone by September.  But not before I harvested its tiny seeds and fed them to the birds.

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #541 on: January 31, 2020, 07:05:32 AM »
Last summer I was walking around in an auto wrecking yard when I came across a sunflower seedling that was growing in the open door frame of an old Datsun.  It was only about an inch high, so I scraped it off and put it in my shirt pocket, dirt and all.  I got home and put it in a pot and wonders of wonder, the little plant took root and began to grow.  It was a spindly little thing, but it did manage to flower.

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I noticed some type of bee or wasp visiting the plant for a number of weeks and I tried to take its picture.  It took awhile, but I finally got some photos of it.  The insect kept showing up for days on end, and must have spent a considerable part of its life in gathering pollen off of the sunflower.  One evening I was watching it to see where it would take off for the night, but it simply crawled inside of the petals and stayed there for the rest of the night.  I guess it had been living inside the plant all along.

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In early to mid August the plant began to dwindle.

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It was gone by September.  But not before I harvested its tiny seeds and fed them to the birds.

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Aww! Love this. And the sunflower is much needed since it is currently snowing...again.
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #542 on: January 31, 2020, 02:19:10 PM »
Aww! Love this. And the sunflower is much needed since it is currently snowing...again.

Great.  I wanted to utilize the sunflower pics as a counter balance to winter and snow, etc.  Glad you liked it.

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« Reply #543 on: January 31, 2020, 06:09:22 PM »
Great.  I wanted to utilize the sunflower pics as a counter balance to winter and snow, etc.  Glad you liked it.

@Rikki Gins  The first pic is great because the flower seems proud that you gave it a home.  (who wants to live in a Datsun?)  Your words and all the other pics in sequence made it into a short story.  Maybe I'm in a special kind of mood, but it made me smile.  Then to see the flower droopy made me a little sad. 

You have an eye for things Rikki.  Plus, based on the threads you've started, a mind for research.

Cheers to you sir!

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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #544 on: January 31, 2020, 06:12:56 PM »
Last summer I was walking around in an auto wrecking yard when I came across a sunflower seedling that was growing in the open door frame of an old Datsun.  It was only about an inch high, so I scraped it off and put it in my shirt pocket, dirt and all.  I got home and put it in a pot and wonders of wonder, the little plant took root and began to grow.  It was a spindly little thing, but it did manage to flower.
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Re: The EllGab Garden
« Reply #545 on: January 31, 2020, 06:35:34 PM »
@Rikki Gins  The first pic is great because the flower seems proud that you gave it a home.  (who wants to live in a Datsun?)  Your words and all the other pics in sequence made it into a short story.  Maybe I'm in a special kind of mood, but it made me smile.  Then to see the flower droopy made me a little sad. 

You have an eye for things Rikki.  Plus, based on the threads you've started, a mind for research.

Cheers to you sir!

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Thank you @ShayP.  My threads have become a fun little hobby and I am grateful that Bart lets me utilize them on his website.  I am very happy that you enjoyed the sunflower story.  I think that we are ready to have winter loosen its grip and give way to spring.  I am beginning to see some first signs of spring as I walk around the neighborhood here at EllGarden West.  Cheers, Shay! 

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Re: The EllGab Garden
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« Reply #547 on: February 10, 2020, 11:10:29 PM »
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Some friends I visit with while walking around the Ellgarden West neighborhood.

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« Reply #548 on: February 11, 2020, 07:19:29 AM »
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Some friends I visit with while walking around the Ellgarden West neighborhood.
Goats are great, as long as they belong to someone else! ;D
There was a little girl,
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Right in the middle of her forehead.
            When she was good,
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But when she was bad she was horrid.

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« Reply #549 on: February 11, 2020, 08:48:21 AM »
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Some friends I visit with while walking around the Ellgarden West neighborhood.

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« Reply #550 on: February 17, 2020, 01:36:27 PM »
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Those two yellow crocuses returned last week but some harsh winter weather clobbered them as they were trying to bloom.  They looked a lot better last year at this time: https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg159747#msg159747   

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« Reply #551 on: February 17, 2020, 02:05:31 PM »
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Those two yellow crocuses returned last week but some harsh winter weather clobbered them as they were trying to bloom.  They looked a lot better last year at this time: https://ellgab.com/index.php?topic=359.msg159747#msg159747

They appear to be trying.
Most of the photos I find are blue or purple.
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« Reply #552 on: February 20, 2020, 01:13:44 PM »
They appear to be trying.
Most of the photos I find are blue or purple.

Yes, purple.  An official Mardi Gras color.  I think my front yard has a couple of that color, but no sign of them yet.

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« Reply #553 on: February 20, 2020, 01:15:44 PM »
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« Reply #554 on: February 20, 2020, 03:01:25 PM »
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Violets are nice. My fav though

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