Monday, September 12, 2011

Clear cutting a sunflower forest



My girls got me seeds for Mother's Day this year. Among them was a small and innocent packet of sunflower seeds with the sweet little name of 'Sunzilla'. I planted them along the tomato rows in the vegetable garden because I knew they would never grow.


The reason I knew this was that our Bloodhound, Annabelle is a very bad dog, at least when it comes to sunflowers. She sniffs them out and eats them all, every one, every year. However, this year they grew to a staggering size and shaded out the entire vegetable garden. I just don't know how she missed them.


Today I got out the saw and chopped them down.


Timber!


I cut off their pretty heads,


and set them out to dry.


Look who showed up! A little late aren't you?


Just look at that guilty face. I know exactly what you're thinking, Annabelle.


Good thing Blue Cat likes to bat you on the head.






19 comments :

  1. They are enormous. I love the look of Sunflowers. Had some many years ago but then they just got too big. I have to laugh at that saw you needed. Your dogs and cat are adorable. I think Annabelle was just waiting for you to go away so she could steal them.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Lovely crop you got there! The birds are going to love you! What nice dogs those are,..they look innocent enough.

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  3. One thing I know is this: if not for these wonderful dogs, I would have no garden at all. You may have noticed there are no fences here. When I say Annabelle is a bad dog, and she certainly is, it only means that we are entertained by her nature. I know you two love your dogs and understand the place they can hold in a family.

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  4. We have one little sunflower.

    Esther

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  5. Katie,
    I love your blog! I'll read it every day.

    Love,

    Your Sis

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  6. Ahh! This blog is adorable! I loved seeing Annabelle and Blue Cat again.

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  7. Hi Esther! Your blog cracks me up every day. You know I have to ask: would you like a handful of sunflower seeds that are sure to grow to unmanageable heights, blot out the sun, and smother your tomatoes?

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  8. Pierce, you are the sweetest. Blue Cat really misses you.

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  9. Wow! Those were very tall. I am sure it felt like cutting down small trees. I am hoping to remember to plant some sunflower seeds next year for a display as nice as yours.

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  10. That's hilarious. Did the bees enjoy the sunflowers?

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  11. Hi Sage Butterfly! I couldn't believe it when they just kept growing and growing. My daughter said "duh, Mom. They're called Sunzilla."

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  12. Lisa and Robb,
    Yes! Bees, all kinds of bees, but a bit hard to see way up there. I see you are bee lovers too. I'm glad you found me.

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  13. What giant sunflowers. You are going to have so many seeds.Have a wonderful week.

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  14. I did'nt get any Sunflowers this year as the Summer weather was just awful. We are forecast an Indian Summer for next week!

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  15. Hi Bridget!
    Enjoy your Indian Summer. Those are the best days of the year for me.The warmth of the sun seems to go right through to the center.

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  16. What a great post and coming from a transplated Kansan --- it's our state fower ------that means a lot.
    Best to you,Kate

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    1. Best to you as well, Patrick!
      I haven't looked at this post in forever. I'm afraid we lost our dear Annabelle this week. Buried her down the hill a few days ago. I would rather have her back and have to hide sunflowers from her forever.

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