Small World (part 3) – secrets of the sunflower
Not only has the purple coneflower begun to bloom in the backyard, we’ve also cultivated an impressive crop of sunflowers which have sprouted up under the bird feeding station.
Typically, the sunflowers that sprout in Anne’s well-aerated and nutrient-rich soil will keel over before reaching full bloom. But these that seeded in the middle of the lawn are standing up nicely as they go to seed, and are taller than I am.
Also making an impressive showing are the butter ‘n’ eggs (an apt moniker, given its coloration and scrambled appearance), along with this incredibly intricate, tiny, blue-blooming weed that even Anne can’t identify.
But it’s back to the sunflowers that I returned after mounting the macro lens – their mysteries are best plumbed using high magnification from close range.