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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 29, 2013 11:45 AM CST
So often pictures posted at busy times never see the screen but go directly to the data base. Here are some I took this morning that are so bright and cheery that I would like to share......and a Zinnia.
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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terrafirma
Aug 29, 2013 11:56 AM CST
LOVE the colors! I,for one, am SO glad you shared! Green Grin! Beautiful!
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Aug 29, 2013 11:57 AM CST
Thanks....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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abhege
Aug 29, 2013 12:18 PM CST
Love them!
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gingin
Aug 29, 2013 12:54 PM CST
Thumbs up makes me wanna get some sunflower seeds...love the color of these
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lovemyhouse
Aug 29, 2013 1:45 PM CST
me, too, thanks paul!
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Claudia
Aug 30, 2013 1:27 PM CST
Beautiful Paul!!!

I love sunflowers and planted them for the last 5 years but last year the deer ate them so I did not put any out. One year I did the really giant ones and love watching the squirrels climb them and eat the seeds!
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Aug 30, 2013 7:31 PM CST
Thanks everyone
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 2, 2013 1:05 PM CST
I agree to all the above comments. Nice shots!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 6, 2013 10:46 AM CST
Beautiful Sunflowers. My early season sunflowers are done blooming but the second planting I did of sunflowers are blooming now. Mine are just common yellow ones. But I like them anyway.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Sep 6, 2013 11:37 AM CST
I see more of the common sunflowers growing in well kept gardens the last few years. I think they are gaining in appreciation.
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Newyorkrita
Sep 6, 2013 12:02 PM CST
Well, I start seeds and then plant them out as seedlings so I defianatly wanted them there. Many years I plant fancy varieties and shades of reds and oranges. But this year I only had the seeds for common yellow ones so that is what I planted. They are still pretty enough in my opinion.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Sep 6, 2013 12:13 PM CST
Sometime in the 1960's I went to a big nursery in Salt Lake city. They had Rudbeckias which at that time were called gloriosa daisies and I bought several plants for my father ...he loved flowers. When I got them home he was not enthused with them...he thought they looked to much like sun flowers which to him were weeds.. He grew to love them and i still have descendants growing in my yard 50+ years later.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 7, 2013 10:06 PM CST
http://www.greatsunflower.org/ This is a website with the idea is to plant one specific cultivar of sunflower then go out and count how many bees visit your flowers in a 15 minute period and log that onto the web site. This was started back when the bee collapse was happening. I did it a couple years, but then had trouble getting seed of the cultivar they were tracking and kind of lost track of it. Something to think about for next season perhaps.
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abhege
Sep 8, 2013 8:06 AM CST
Isn't it hard to keep count of the number of bees or are you talking just one or two sunflowers? I guess I was picturing a row of them! Hilarious!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 8, 2013 8:13 AM CST
As I recall, you focus on one flower for X minutes and count the number of bee hits on that particular bloom. Rather similar to the internet bird reporting - not a controlled scientific study but certainly useful information on where/when the bees are pollinating. I didn't do it this year so I'm a bit hazy on the details.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 8, 2013 8:14 AM CST
Aha, that makes sense. Would be interesting to observe.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Sep 8, 2013 8:15 AM CST
The years I did do the counting, it became part of my morning coffee ritual.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 8, 2013 8:19 AM CST
What a nice morning coffee rituàl!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Sep 8, 2013 8:43 AM CST
I agree
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

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