RIP Me Golden Beauties

A small sunflower blossomOne day in the recent past, something like over a week ago, I noticed that the little animals in the area had consumed every ripe sunflower seed that inhabited my little speck of earth that I fondly call garden. It just meant more work for me and getting it done sooner was better.

One evening, four days ago, I broke off my computer chains and ran outside to strip the sunflowers of their leaves and buds. I left those in the garden and I pulled the stalks and carted them off to a pile in the woods. Then I tilled.


There is a bright note, the pampered zinnias are a sight to behold. Not only do they give me joy, but they are host to butterflies and hummingbirds. Just today, Holly and I watched playful hummingbirds flying about them in huge circles. The tallest zinnias are eye-level to me. I have pink zinnias too and they are tall, but not as tall and lush as the red ones.

This is an image of the pink zinnias. They are a bit crowded and require a lot of water. I did not reset these after they sprouted and that is why they are too crowded. I transplanted the red ones, setting them around 9-12 inches apart. They almost died and had to be pampered.

This is one of my tomato plants. It has twined around in its cage and is growing out of the cage in several places. The tomato is sticking up over a foot above the 5-feet tall cage. This is short, normally they are 10 to 12 feet tall by now. I suppose the drought and getting city-water has been tough on them. They are producing beautiful tomatoes despite the weather. Notice the empty space behind the plant, that used to be occupied by sunflower plants.

One last look at the sunflowers. This image is from the July 12, 2007 entry

On the home front, my son arrived safely back in America on August first from his visit to Japan. He had a fabulous time and I have yet to see pictures. His internet at his apartment is down and we have not yet seen each other .. but soon .. soooon .. I will have pictures .. oh yes.

I’ve got to go!

Have a lovely day.

Donna Young


  1. says

    I am so sorry that your tomatoes are not producing. This year is the first year that we have had a good crop. We planted romas.

  2. says

    laughing That`s kind of cute. Kids are so funny.

    If I ever get to come down to your house, I`ll bring my camera, you know I like taking pictures of bugs.

  3. says

    Very nice, Donna! I tried mitering the border of a quilt once, and all of my corners were cupped except for the one that was wavy. mad I ended up ripping it all out and putting a straight border on. I am lazy like that.

  4. says

    Almost never do I take coffee out there. My hands are usually busy tending to the plants. The camera goes outside with me half the time, but I hang it up on a shepard`s hook while I take care of the plants.

  5. says

    The comments in this post are from all over. Things got a little screwy when I converted the blog, but no worries. I’m not worried.