The Sunflower Adventure

By: JLPR2 , 6:26 AM GMT on June 01, 2010

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Yep, new account, sorry about that, I had been planning on doing the move to this account for awhile. (some minor and annoying bugs and problems with my other account) ¬¬

Well here we go, a new blog, just for sunflowers. ^^
After some failed attempts the first sunflowers finally germinated and they are growing faster than what I thought they would. So the photos begin. :D

- Updates will be posted as the sunflowers grow. -

5/5/2010 - Sunflower seeds are now planted.
5/13/2010- All Sunflower seeds are dead, nothing, so I prepared a second batch, looks like I was right, I did a horrible seed selection. T_T
5/17/2010- Did a final 3rd batch with new seeds.
5/20/2010- The first two sunflowers germinate and by the protuberance on the little planting pot, soon there will be more. :)
5/31/2010- The sunflowers are growing... growing... growing fast! ^^ We have eight sunflowers on their way, in a few days they are changing home. :3
6/7/2010- The transplanting has been done and considering how harsh a transplant like that is the sunflowers are doing better than expected. ^^ Once they recover strength and get used to their new soil I'll start with the fertilizer, gonna feed them so they grow big and strong. :3
6/20/2010- Sunflowers are getting bigger, have grown more leaves and seem to have adapted to their home nicely, the trunks are still thin but I expect them to get wider soon, also, today is feeding time once again, LOL! ^^
7/3/2010- The sunflowers are happier, the tallest of the regular ones is 19.5in and the tallest of the dwarf ones is 5in and as of today two buds are beginning to form, huzzah! :0)
7/9/2010- In 6 days the regular sunflowers grew 4.5inches to 24inches each and the dwarf ones grew 3 inches to 8 inches each. :D
7/16/10- Tallest regular sunflower is 34inches, tallest dwarf one is 11inches, all four regular ones have buds with one currently opening, you can see the picture on the blog, one of the dwarf ones has a bud the other dont. They are all looking happy and healthy. ^^
8/1/10- The sunflowers (even if they were small) were a success, right now only 3 of the dwarf sunflowers are left to bloom, sunflower #1 and #8 are already gone and tomorrow I'll measure Sunflower #3 to see what was the height of the tallest sunflower. Right after the last flower blooms I'll start the process for the second sunflower adventure of 2010, stay tuned... ^^
8/2/10- The tallest sunflower reached a height of 52 inches, 4ft, 8inches, not bad.
8/8/10- Just two dwarfs left, so this generation of sunflowers is almost done, I have learned from my mistakes so lets see how my second generation does.

I'll keep updating and adding pictures.
All tips on sunflower grow and care are welcomed. :3
And if you want to say Hi go ahead.
Take care and thanks for reading my boring blog. LOL!
Cheers,
Jesus

Growing (JLPR2)
Baby sunflowers are going up! ^^
Growing
Transplanted (JLPR2)
The sunflowers moved from the little pot to the larger and decent long pot, they did loose some roots in the process but they are doing great compared to the other time I did this, only a day of sad plants, the next they were looking better and now(Friday) they seem to have gotten used to their new home. :3
Transplanted
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Sunflowers growing fast (JLPR2)
Looking much better and taller, you can clearly separate the regular ones from the dwarf ones. :)
Sunflowers growing fast
Growing like crazy (JLPR2)
Its as if someone pushed a button and the sunflower grew, they have almost doubled in size, well... the tall ones. :)
Growing like crazy
Pending (JLPR2)
This sunflowers are still many days away from blooming.
Pending
Hints of yellow (JLPR2)
Here comes the flowers, the first hints of happy yellow in the sunflowers.
Hints of yellow
Obsession (JLPR2)
Here comes the exaggerated amount of sunflowers pictures. :3 I just cant stop myself!
Obsession
Wet Welcoming (JLPR2)
The first sunflower opened up, smaller than what I expected, but still cheerful and happy, its been raining all day so it was difficult to hold the umbrella and take a photo at the same time, therefore its a little blurry, the yellowish glow is probably a drop of water on the lens.
Wet Welcoming
A Bee's Lunch (JLPR2)
I can feel the bee's mouths watering close by. XD
A Bee's Lunch
A Sunflower's Life (JLPR2)
A Sunflower's life from the day the bud become obvious, till the day it had almost opened, I'm sorry the GIF is a little jumpy, its just 6 images, I'll try to do one with more pictures in the future, my first attempt at a GIF image, how did I do?
A Sunflower's Life
Face Wash (JLPR2)
The flower got quite the wash, today, when at 1pm a thunderstorm rolled by bringing with it 1-2 inches of rain, lots of thunder and wind. You can see the remains of such a harsh day as the flower is wet from its battle with the weather. :)
Face Wash
Work of Art (JLPR2)
Leafs are nature's Stained glass masterpieces. Having fun with the macro. XD
Work of Art
Tiny Beauty (JLPR2)
The sunflowers turned out to be rather small but that doesn't mean they aren't pretty. :3 Thunderstorm wet Sunflower, the second one to bloom.
Tiny Beauty
DropOfSun (JLPR2)
The last of the tallest sunflowers is getting ready to bloom. :)
DropOfSun
Sunflower Worship (JLPR2)
This one is a frequent visitor. :)
Sunflower Worship
Touching the Sun (JLPR2)
It almost looks as if the sunflower is caressing the sun with its petals. :3
Touching the Sun
Drops of Temptation (JLPR2)
So say the bees. XD
Drops of Temptation
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ACT 1 (JLPR2)
Last group photo of the first round of sunflowers of 2010.
ACT 1
Backwards Shine (JLPR2)
Sunflowers are pretty all around and the clear blue skies we had today allowed me to take this picture. ^^
Backwards Shine
Crowned Sunshine (JLPR2)
Crowned Sunshine
Lifeless B&W (JLPR2)
Another attempt at a B&W picture, this time of sunflowers.
Lifeless B&W
Little guy with big dreams! (JLPR2)
The second of the dwarf sunflowers, they ended up smaller than what they should be and because of this the center is not any bigger than a quarter.
Little guy with big dreams!
The Search for Gold... (JLPR2)
...is now over! :)
The Search for Gold...
LiquidSunshine (JLPR2)
Little sunny after a rain shower, its been cloudy all day, I'm crossing my fingers for sunny weather next week.
LiquidSunshine
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It must be the Sun (JLPR2)
Too bright for a flower. :0)
It must be the Sun
Smiling for you! (JLPR2)
Smiling for you!
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Brighten my day (JLPR2)
Sunflower #1 on a cloudy day, the rain finally stopped so I was able to get a decent photo, yet I had to blur my neighbor's house, let see if I can move the sunflower around.
Brighten my day
MyMessyHair (JLPR2)
What a mess I have on my head, but just you wait, I'll be pretty in a few days!
MyMessyHair
Sunny Hello (JLPR2)
Opening slowly but surely. ^^
Sunny Hello
Watching the Sunset (JLPR2)
Hey everyone! Its been awhile since I uploaded anything. Here is one of three little fall sunflowers enjoying a cloudy sunset. :]
Watching the Sunset
Sunset buddy (JLPR2)
Well even though the sunset was a no show due to heavy clouds to the west this sunflower kept me company and made for some nice photos. :]
Sunset buddy
Rainy Days Ahead (JLPR2)
97L and the disturbance in the eastern Caribbean promise lots of rain, thankfully so far we have been lucky and I hope our luck continues.
Rainy Days Ahead
Sunshine in the Rain (JLPR2)
Very cloudy afternoon, but the sunflowers can fix that. This cloudiness was related to an area that wasn't exactly 97L but its precursor, currently (OCT5) 97L's center is north of PR.
Sunshine in the Rain
Happy little thing... (JLPR2)
This is the second sunflower which bloomed yesterday just in time for cloudy skies and 97L's moisture and rains, you can see the cloudiness behind it.
Happy little thing...
Goosebumps (JLPR2)
Someone has those... :]
Maybe it was the breeze of the cloudy day?
Goosebumps

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38. GeorgiaStormz
11:24 AM GMT on June 09, 2012
dont let those who are not nice keep you off of dr masters blog, almost everyone would probably love to have you on more often, if someone responds cruelly, dont take it personally, they generally arent like that.

adn you should update this blog to what is going on with you now, been growing anymore sunflowers?
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37. NumberWise
4:03 AM GMT on October 04, 2010
I have thoroughly enjoyed your photos! Your comments add a lot to the experience, and the photography is outstanding. Thank you!
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36. JLPR2
1:41 AM GMT on October 01, 2010
The second round is here and it is composed of just three small sunflowers. :]
So far only one has bloomed.
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35. redagainPatti
6:02 PM GMT on September 02, 2010
Good to hear that.

I really got messed up after my storm back in 2005 and hope I never hear winds like that again. When I hear that folks I know have such about to blow over their heads, I get this churning feeling in my tummy.
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34. JLPR2
2:26 AM GMT on September 01, 2010
Quoting redagainPatti:
Thinking about you and yours as the storm moves into your part of the world. Post word and photos soon so that we know you are safe


Everything is good, lost power for 26hrs, 2 or 3 trees down and branches and leafs but nothing else. :)
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33. redagainPatti
5:27 PM GMT on August 31, 2010
Thinking about you and yours as the storm moves into your part of the world. Post word and photos soon so that we know you are safe
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32. JLPR2
1:30 AM GMT on August 16, 2010
Quoting shoreacres:
I swear to goodness you take the best photos of sunflowers of anyone. Really - they're so unusual. The one of the sunflower back, and the one called "Crowned Sunshine" - they're truly wonderful.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us again this year. Hope to see some more photos of your lovely piece of the earth when you've had a bit of a break!
Quoting Beachfoxx:
Awesome, just awesome... thanks for the journey through the life of a sunflower!

and Crowned Sunshine..... WoW!


Thank you both! :D
I'll try for the next generation soon, but I got to wait till the last dwarfs wither away.
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31. Beachfoxx
1:04 AM GMT on August 16, 2010
Awesome, just awesome... thanks for the journey through the life of a sunflower!

and Crowned Sunshine..... WoW!
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30. shoreacres
1:00 AM GMT on August 16, 2010
I swear to goodness you take the best photos of sunflowers of anyone. Really - they're so unusual. The one of the sunflower back, and the one called "Crowned Sunshine" - they're truly wonderful.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us again this year. Hope to see some more photos of your lovely piece of the earth when you've had a bit of a break!
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29. JLPR2
5:00 AM GMT on August 09, 2010
Quoting StormGoddess:
Hey there I love your blog about the sunflowers this is really precious! And your photographs are great I'm looking forward to getting a macro camera as well for the really up close ones! Here's a couple of random sunflower pictures, thought you might like. :)


Photobucket

Photobucket


Wonderful, I would love a field of flowers like that to do some landscape photos, but I'm happy enough doing macro photos of them.
Thank you for sharing those photos! ^^

Quoting shoreacres:
I laughed and laughed this afternoon. I walked into our local grocery and the floral department was filled with sunflowers. I thought of you immediately!

Theirs weren't as striking as yours, though. ;)


:D! Thank you!

Quoting NumberWise:
How I enjoy this blog! I always smile as I study each photo. It's all good.

The title of each photo and the comments you include add tremendously to the overall experience of your blog. Great job - and thanks for sharing something so positive and joy-full.


Its a pleasure to share and see what your guys think and its addictive too XD
Thank you for the nice comment!
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28. NumberWise
3:44 AM GMT on August 09, 2010
How I enjoy this blog! I always smile as I study each photo. It's all good.

The title of each photo and the comments you include add tremendously to the overall experience of your blog. Great job - and thanks for sharing something so positive and joy-full.
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27. shoreacres
3:33 AM GMT on August 09, 2010
I laughed and laughed this afternoon. I walked into our local grocery and the floral department was filled with sunflowers. I thought of you immediately!

Theirs weren't as striking as yours, though. ;)
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26. StormGoddess
12:34 AM GMT on August 04, 2010
Hey there I love your blog about the sunflowers this is really precious! And your photographs are great I'm looking forward to getting a macro camera as well for the really up close ones! Here's a couple of random sunflower pictures, thought you might like. :)


Photobucket

Photobucket
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25. JLPR2
3:40 AM GMT on August 01, 2010
Quoting ColoradoKat:
JLPR...I love your flowers and I really
have to compliment you on your photography.
You've gotten really good at getting the
interesting shades and textures. Beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing.:-)


thank you!
Lots of practice, everyday I find a new angle and a different perspective. :D
Sunflowers are just excellent to photograph.
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24. ColoradoKat
9:23 PM GMT on July 31, 2010
JLPR...I love your flowers and I really
have to compliment you on your photography.
You've gotten really good at getting the
interesting shades and textures. Beautiful!!
Thanks for sharing.:-)
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23. JLPR2
6:31 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
Quoting shoreacres:
Oh, my! I've missed coming by, and what a treat I found when I got here tonight. It doesn't matter one bit that the flowers are a little small - they're beautiful.

Besides, there are so many varieties of sunflower they may be exactly the size they're supposed to be!

I'll tell you, though - as nice as those sunflower pics are, the palm you're using as your avatar is absolutely gorgeous. That is one fine photo!


:D thank you!
I love palm trees specially at the beach.
I'll buy one of the packages of sunflower seeds the sell as bird food, to see if I get different (and hopefully bigger) flowers. ^^
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22. shoreacres
3:49 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
Oh, my! I've missed coming by, and what a treat I found when I got here tonight. It doesn't matter one bit that the flowers are a little small - they're beautiful.

Besides, there are so many varieties of sunflower they may be exactly the size they're supposed to be!

I'll tell you, though - as nice as those sunflower pics are, the palm you're using as your avatar is absolutely gorgeous. That is one fine photo!
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21. JLPR2
3:40 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
errm, quise decir admiración LOL!
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20. JLPR2
3:39 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
Quoting HurricaneGeek:


asi ¿¿


Se ve bonito :P
Y el signo de interrogación: ¡! :)
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19. HurricaneGeek
2:26 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
Quoting HurricaneGeek:

pues, buena suerte

y tambien me encanta esa foto con el lapso de tiempo arriba, la vida de un girasol...
como hiciste eso?

y te gusta k pueda escribir el sigo de interrogacion al reves??

jajajaja
salu2



asi ¿¿
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18. HurricaneGeek
2:25 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
pues, buena suerte

y tambien me encanta esa foto con el lapso de tiempo arriba, la vida de un girasol...
como hiciste eso?

y te gusta k pueda escribir el sigo de interrogacion al reves??

jajajaja
salu2
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17. JLPR2
1:59 AM GMT on July 25, 2010
Quoting redagainPatti:
Things are ok up here in the northern half of Mississippi. I am driving between visits with my mom ( about 78 miles north of me) and checking on my daughter who lives just south of Jackson, Mississippi. (about 133 miles south of me) so I have spent a lot of time on the road this summer.

The weather up here is HOT... very hot. Most of the time August is the worse part of summer so I am NOT looking forward to anymore weather with temps above the 105 F ... and our heat index will push things another 8 pts higher.. Our June broke all kinds of records and I would guess July had done the very same thing.

Our schools over here will start in two more weeks so my summer is just about over with..

What is life dumping or handing out to you?



My summer was broken into pieces, -.-
from late April til early July I was free, then I went back to the university to finish my second semester from July 7 til the first week of August, then I'm free again til the 23rd of august when i will start my first semester of my second year, yeah... its a mess XD
I have gone 7-9 times to the beach so far, if the weather permits I'll go a few more once I'm free. ^^

Quoting PRweathercenter:
very cool!! it must take a lot of patience.


Yes it does, but at the end it pays out. :D

Quoting HurricaneGeek:
oye, sabes que?
una vez trate de plantar una girasol, pero ......

digamos que ya no esta! jajajaj

parece que a ti te fue mejor que a mi....
te felicito


Gracias! XD pero voy a ver si uso semillas diferentes para la próximas, salieron muy pequeños con las que sembré. :\
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16. HurricaneGeek
2:15 AM GMT on July 24, 2010
oye, sabes que?
una vez trate de plantar una girasol, pero ......

digamos que ya no esta! jajajaj

parece que a ti te fue mejor que a mi....
te felicito
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15. PRweathercenter
2:07 AM GMT on July 24, 2010
very cool!! it must take a lot of patience.
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14. redagainPatti
1:45 AM GMT on July 21, 2010
Things are ok up here in the northern half of Mississippi. I am driving between visits with my mom ( about 78 miles north of me) and checking on my daughter who lives just south of Jackson, Mississippi. (about 133 miles south of me) so I have spent a lot of time on the road this summer.

The weather up here is HOT... very hot. Most of the time August is the worse part of summer so I am NOT looking forward to anymore weather with temps above the 105 F ... and our heat index will push things another 8 pts higher.. Our June broke all kinds of records and I would guess July had done the very same thing.

Our schools over here will start in two more weeks so my summer is just about over with..

What is life dumping or handing out to you?

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13. JLPR2
9:46 PM GMT on July 18, 2010
Quoting SmilingSun:
Wow, you get some very nice close-up shots of your sunflowers. You are as good at photography as you are at gardening.


Thank you ^^
I try my best at both.

Quoting redagainPatti:
Hey darling! hope you and family ok down yonder. Heard there was some bad storms that hit your little place in the world... All ok down there?


Everything is fine in my side of the island, the problems happened in the SW corner, everything was fixed for today, sadly there were 5 injured persons but they were treated rapidly. How's everything over there?
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12. redagainPatti
1:26 PM GMT on July 18, 2010
Hey darling! hope you and family ok down yonder. Heard there was some bad storms that hit your little place in the world... All ok down there?
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11. SmilingSun
3:36 PM GMT on July 16, 2010
Wow, you get some very nice close-up shots of your sunflowers. You are as good at photography as you are at gardening.
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10. JLPR2
3:48 AM GMT on July 05, 2010
Quoting Skyepony:
Here's my pride & joy Sunflower this year.. I fed it a fish head, just dug in near the roots when it was about 3 ft tall. This pic was about 2 weeks ago, 15ft, threatning my phone & internet line. Since then the head has gotten really big. I may go out there this morning & pull off all the flowerpetels for a batch of sunflower soap, before they dry. Using a Castile base, then I'll superfat with sunflower oil, add some ground sunflower seed hulls & petals..


Wow, that is sure something to be proud of 15ft! :3
Awesome!
I see you got lots of plans and uses for it XD
It seems the fish head did the trick. :)
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9. Skyepony (Mod)
1:44 PM GMT on July 04, 2010
Here's my pride & joy Sunflower this year.. I fed it a fish head, just dug in near the roots when it was about 3 ft tall. This pic was about 2 weeks ago, 15ft, threatning my phone & internet line. Since then the head has gotten really big. I may go out there this morning & pull off all the flowerpetels for a batch of sunflower soap, before they dry. Using a Castile base, then I'll superfat with sunflower oil, add some ground sunflower seed hulls & petals..
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8. wordtoyomutha
1:17 AM GMT on June 23, 2010
HOW COMPLEX OF YOU!
7. ColoradoKat
11:02 PM GMT on June 20, 2010
Hi JLPR!
They sure do look happier in that last
picture. Keep up the good work. I see
sunny yellow flowers in your future!:-)
I'll be checking back often for updates.
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6. JLPR2
8:30 AM GMT on June 20, 2010
Quoting GardenGrrl:
Grow! Grow! Grow!


Yeah, they are doing just that. :3
I'll post a new picture of all of them later today, they are still far away from buds but they are on their way. :D
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5. GardenGrrl
8:19 AM GMT on June 20, 2010
Grow! Grow! Grow!
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4. JLPR2
9:38 PM GMT on June 12, 2010
@LadyGuinevere: Hello ^^ I did the growing lots of sunflowers 2 years ago too, this year I went with less plants, but in 08 I planted them in January so by now they had already bloomed and I'm thinking that was a better time frame, the sun is too strong for baby sunflowers. :( So they are half the day outside and the other half inside, maybe when they get stronger they'll stay 24/7 outside. ^^ Thank you for stopping by.

@GardenGrrl: Huzzah! xD
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3. GardenGrrl
7:19 AM GMT on June 12, 2010
Hooray, the Sunflower Adventure continues :-)
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2. LadyGuinevere
2:43 AM GMT on June 12, 2010
Hi! I live in the Sunflower State.(KS) My first attempt at growing my own beauties was 2 years ago. The whole group failed to germinate. I felt a bit like a failure since I obviously live in ideal growing conditions. Also, it turned out that the soil where I set up my garden was a very poor "jar O~dirt". Last year I added some soil that had plant food in it. Due to some health problems, I planted late. I still got a nice little crop of 7 large plants. This year a bunch of babies are popping up from the seeds of last year's. This has made me feel like a proud grandma of flowers. I am happy to meet others who have lots of love for these beautiful and useful flowers. I will check back to see how your babies are growing.
1. shoreacres
5:47 PM GMT on June 11, 2010
They are looking pretty spiffy! I was thinking about you this morning when I saw a large clump of wild sunflowers. I came over to see how things are going - pretty good, from the looks of things!

Thanks for the pics and the update.
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