A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: September 2009
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23 September 2009

Fall Bloom Day

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Sedum Sweet Pea (Cupani)

Boston Ivy (not blooming, but looking lovely)
Dew on the grass (also not blooming, but so pretty)

Saggy but beautiful....

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These mammoth sunflowers are so huge, heavy and burdened with the weight of their own abundance that they bent over,
heads bowing straight towards the ground.   Perhaps they were just praying?
While some might consider is sad, or ugly, I thought they were quite interesting from the backside. :)

Do you want to prevent this kind of behavior from your sunflowers?   You have a few options:

1.  Buy a smaller sunflower.  Sunflowers such as 'bashful' and 'lemon queen' have smaller heads and stand up straight all on their own.  I am growing a row of 'bashful's right now and they are blooming at about 3' tall, with several blooms on each stalk.  They are absolutely gorgeous!

2.  Stake.  You can tie your sunflowers with garden twine, twist ties, pantyhose...anything flexible to a stake, a stick, a branch from a tree, anything strong.  The problem is that the sunflower looks a little cloistered and sad.

3.  Pinching.  When your sunflowers are about 1 foot tall, you can take off 4-6" and the stalk will branch to produce more, smaller sunflowers.  You won't get the huge sunflower heads that most people are familiar with, but you will have more flowers and sunflower faces pointed into the sun instead of the dirt.

'Bashful' Sunflowers

You know it's almost Halloween when...

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Cobwebs and dark shadows start looking good :)

Happy Haunting!

PS -- Anybody else have a baby swing that moves itself across the floor and changes the speed settings on its own? 
 ...and a door that opens on its own to the back porch pretty regularly?  no?? hmmmm...

17 September 2009

Up close and Personal with Macro

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Visit I should be Folding Laundry for more macro shots!

01 September 2009

the boys...at their very truest selves...

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...blow kisses for mommy!

"Mom- can we feed pretzels to the fish?" "ummm...probably not"

"I think we should"

(bebeRex not so sure...)

"They liked it!"

"Mommy- here's a leaf for you!"
(Ever since Alex taught Red to pick flowers (dandelions) for me, I've been getting at least 10 clusters of leaves per walk :)

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