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.

Purple coneflower

Purple coneflower

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.

Go ahead - brighten my day!

Go ahead – brighten my day!

sunflower in b&w

sunflower in b&w

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.

butter 'n' eggs

butter ‘n’ eggs

blue-blooming weed

blue-blooming weed

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.

Secrets of the sunflower: NE quadrant

Secrets of the sunflower: NE quadrant

Secrets of the sunflower: SW quadrant

Secrets of the sunflower: SW quadrant

Secrets of the sunflower: SE quadrant

Secrets of the sunflower: SE quadrant

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