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Thursday, October 29, 2009

35 sunflower seeds altogether


sunflower drying up.



the seeds.

The episode on sole surviving sunflower in our little vegetable garden is about to end, as I finally separate the seeds..... There are 35 good seeds and about 10 not so good ones. I guess the bigger and more rounded seeds are the good ones, and they really look promising. The other 10 seeds are smaller and thinner, therefore it is fair to put them aside. Who knows, the smaller and thinner ones may germinate into some interesting looking dwarf sunflower!

By the look of it, we are ready to go on with the second generation of sunflowers. Even though the mother plant produced only one flower, it really gave such an impact to our experience and added some interesting colour to the garden. The other companions, an eggplant and two basils still growing and the eggplant is currently bearing two lovely looking purple fruit.

Growing sunflower in a cluster with other different plants enable us to view and compare them. At least now, I do understand that in a race who would last longest, Sunflower is the first to go leaving the eggplant and basils to continue playing hide and seek with sunshine, rains and gusts of wind in our little vegetable garden, Putrajaya, MALAYSIA.


Lets grow sunflower to uncover the secret of beauty!

~bangchik
Putrajaya Malaysia







16 comments:

  1. I love sunflowers! They bring joy to the veggie patch. We planted two rows this year and they did pretty well even though they were planted so late. They are determined.

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  2. Good for you Bangchik, we ususally lose most of our seeds to the birds and squirrels. Then we find new sunflowers coming up somewhere else in the yard.

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  3. You counted each and every seed?
    Sunflowers get planted by birds in my yard too.
    Rosey

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  4. Hi Bangchik, greetings from southern California, USA. I love your garden photos and your poetic writing. it is fascinating to see what plants you grow, some familiar to me, some strange. Sunflowers are New World plants and I grow them too. They are wonderful for bees. Great blog. --Lou Murray

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  5. wow! you counted all those seeds...unluckily, i dont have that patch of land we all call garden...what i have i pot ones. i would love to grow sunflower someday...i love it, they a picture of warm...

    eng

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  6. They are very cheerful flowers. If you plant the seed it will be interesting to see if the new plants look like their mother.

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  7. The reincarnation of sunflowers. The flowers transform into delicious Kua Chi.

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  8. Yes.... I counted all those seeds... one by one.. haha, like a new kid in kindergarden.. learning the exactness and pleasure of counting and the meaning of numbers!!.. haha.

    I guess the seeds will resemble the mother plant, but who knows the gene of the great great grandmother from faraway land will really its true colour, and grow as tall as I can imagine....

    Birds don't seem to bother those seeds which could mean, there are more food to choose from and those seeds from a dwarf sunflower is too low for their aerial liking...... birds here probably are too arrogant to be seen as timid searching for food low and low on the ground. Their field is the big sky and the tall , elegant and arrogant trees!!! haha....

    ~bangchik

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  9. Wow - congrats on your Blotanical awards, Bangchik -- all well deserved! Looking forward to seeing the 35 new sunflowers next summer.

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  10. Great harvest!! It will be fun to plant them and have more sunflowers.

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  11. JGH .... a little bit late... but thank you the same. I wish the 35 seeds will turn out tall and strong as their ancestral plant in the New World

    MARY ..... thanks, may be next time, i will compare sunflowers in pots and on flower bed... see how they fare in different setting.

    ~bangchik

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  12. Must be fun to replant the sunflower again for another glorious bloom.

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  13. This must be the sunflower's reward for the most diligent and appreciative gardener... Bangchik & Kakdah!

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  14. JAMES and STEPH......... I am considering next year to allow the new seeds see for themselves what's living all about... Life is never a fancy, sit back and enjoy all time episode. Living is about preparing oneself for all eventuality, about creating dependence, about sharing and about seeing life as a cycle of coming and going.
    Lets the seeds hibernate and stay dormant for a couple of months before water and oxygen find the switch-On button...... the start of new life!!!

    ~bangchik

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  15. Bangchik, congratulations on your good harvest of sunflower seeds. I bet there will be lots of baby sunflowers next year judging from your records.

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  16. BELLE..... My brother BangMat who stay in Sarawak for the last 25 years, was walking through the garden with me yesterday... and smilingly mentioned about my green thumb. He precisely mentioned about "tangan menjadi"... translated as a hand that make things happen.. Of course I smiled back to such complimentary remark from my very own brother. Haha... we were like others, quarrel and forgot about the whole thing, the next minute... that was many many years ago.

    My record on sunflower is not very encouraging.... After several attempts, only one see the light of the day. But I am quite confident with seeds from my own plants. They usually grow and thrive.

    So just wait and see. I am really waiting for the opportunity to see seeds producing plants tall and healthy as their ancestral great grandmother in the New World. Who knows the original genes will take over from the dwarf genes...

    ~have a nice day.
    Bangchik

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