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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Sunflower having many heads



A sunflower with many heads

hint of branches




A Sunflower having many heads
(bunga matahari dengan kuntum yang banyak)

1. The mother plant produced just one flower. It dried, and produced 35 seeds. Now the second generation sunflowers seem to follow the footstep of the mother plant producing single flower. Except for 3 plants. They produced multiple heads. I guess the wild element of sunflowers is seeping through the generations.

2. Of the three, one exhibits a totally different multi heads. That single odd plant produces some kind of branches, not just heads....Even coming from a single mother plant, these plants are unique and very much individual in character. Even the wilderness gets in a controlled environment over a tamed and domesticated sunflower. Their DNA make-ups will continue for million of years....







bangchik
Putrajaya Malaysia

16 comments:

  1. Sunflowers are an amazing flower, and we do love them. However, I must confess I have not had success of direct sow; curious is that all other seeds seems to do quite well.

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  2. I figure you are about four months ahead of us as far as blooms go. No sunflowers here for a very long time. The birds plant mine from the handy bird feeder stocked with sunflower seeds. They are not bad at placement either;)

    Christine in Alaska

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  3. I think the birds will love the flowers as they age and there are many seeds for them to eat.

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  4. That is certainly very unique looking. You've captured them very well.

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  5. What an interesting post! How nice to follow the lineage from a single plant.

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  6. good job, your neighbours come to admire?

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  7. ~ Diana
    Sunflowers seem to be germinating and grow well here. You really have to give more tries... one after another until they germinate. With cucumber, I fail each time.

    ~ Christine B.
    Local birds seem to neglect sunflower seeds. The first sunflower survived to the end last year. I am not too sure this year.

    ~ Janet
    The first attempt produced small flower which ended with 35 seeds. Too small for birds to notice probably. Now, there are too many sunflowers, and some are large enough to attract attentions. We shall see...

    ~ Poetic Shutterbug
    I read somewhere about the wild sunflowers growing in ditches, having many heads or flowers for a plant. Most domesticated and dwarf produce single flowers. They are unique in a way and surely the plant is burdened with too many flowers, and it has to manufacture more nutrients and foods for the multi-flowers.

    ~ Rebecca @ In The Garden
    It is interesting to follow the lineage. Last year one plant produced 35 seeds. Now it could easily runs to thousands!!.. haha.

    ~ Ann
    Neighbours do come around and ask kakdah about those yellow flowers. Kids would come round and count the number of flowers. Everybody seem to having fun.

    BANGCHIK
    PUTRAJAYA MALAYSIA.

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  8. With sunflowers, I guess you have EVERYTHING in your yard, Bangchik.

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  9. ~ ocean girl
    If Sun at the center of the solar system is the source of power and energy, then Sunflower is the central component of our little garden.... It draws attention!!.. haha.

    BANGCHIK

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  10. Gorgeous sunflower! It's a nice treat to see at this time of year.. it will still be several weeks before we can plant the seeds here..
    :)

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  11. ~Niki Jabbour
    Niki, sunflowers can grow and bloom anytime of the year, in here.

    BANGCHIK

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  12. Sunflowers are such a sign of summer, aren't they? We have a few large ones started from seed that have grown to about two feet now.

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  13. The sunflowers look beautiful. I would love to try planting them. Will they grow well in a container? I assume they like to be in bright sunlight too most of the time, right?

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  14. Hi Bangchik, there is a spray-type sunflower also colored mauve or a bit orangy brown. You should visit Kathleen Scott's post (Hill Country Mysteries) now for a field of the yellow suns! beautiful

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  15. ~ Kim and Victoria
    We can never relate sunflowers to Summer, because we never had one... haha ...But sunflowers cheer everybody up. Good luck to your sunflowers.

    ~ J.C.
    You are right JC about them liking sun very much. Containers seem to restrict their growth a little, but worth a try. I did put one of them in a pot, but finally put it on the ground. How they that freedom, growing wild on the ground as their ancestors had been doing..... One plant won't take too much space. It doesn't like to branch out.

    ~Andrea
    Ok, I will hop to Kathleen Scott's post for a different feel. What I have in this little garden is a little bit of each. I cant afford to have a sea of sunflowers. But that is adequate for my adventure.

    BANGCHIK
    PUTRAJAYA MALAYSIA

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  16. Planted 12 sunflowers..11 came out with single heads. The other has 13 heads. It dwarfs the rest

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