Sunflowers

The first bloom on my Sunflower plants; in my garden.

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Sunflower Facts:

The Sunflower is a large inflores – which means it is a head made up of tiny flowers called florets.

There are 70 species of Sunflowers.  The Sunflower heads can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.

There are 2 types of Sunflower seeds – Black which is used for oil and Striped which is used for snack foods.  Both the black and striped are used in bird feed.

Mature Sunflower heads usually point in a fixed easterly direction.  They generally rotate very little.

The Sunflower is a Native American Indian plant – first used by American Indians.  They used Sunflowers for: food, oil, medicinal ointments, dyes, and body paints.

Kansas is called “The Sunflower State” and the Sunflower is their state flower.

Sunflowers are grown on toxic, contaminate soil – to cleanse the soil of: lead, arsenic, or uranium.

And of course we all know Sunflowers are beautiful and resemble the Sun.

Daisies

We were out driving through the country the other day and there were daisies everywhere.

Daisies represent innocence and purity.  A daisy is actually classified as 2 flowers.  The white petals are one flower and the yellow disc of petals forming the center are another flower.  The leaves of the daisy are edible and are good in salads.  The daisy is closely related to the artichoke and is rich in vitamin C. Bees absolutely love  the yellow center of the daisy.

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Look Deep Into Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  Albert Einstein

Painted Bunting with raindrops on his back.

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When a clematis bloom loses its flower pedals the center is still beautiful.

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“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.”  Frank Loyd Wright

Fluted and Black Swallowtail Butterflies.

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The small lake near our home has been flooded by recent rains.  Trees are now standing in the water.

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Privet bushes grow wild everywhere and make fantastic hedges (trimmed or untrimmed).  In Spring they are covered with beautiful white flowers.

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“We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of nature”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rain drops cover the plants and often make them shine like diamonds.

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“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Butterflies, Bees, Blooms

Nature seems to think it is Spring, but Mother Nature keeps throwing frost in the mix now and then.  The Black Swallowtail butterflies are sure Spring is here.  The bees from our hive are working on the fruits trees, with lots of pollen on their legs.  The ornamental pear trees people have planted in rows are in full bloom.

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My husband took this picture of me smelling the plum tree blossoms.

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All this beauty in nature is a gift from God – to be enjoyed by everyone.

Titus 2:11 – “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”

Rain and Fog

In a 24 hour period we received 3 1/2 inches of rain yesterday.  Needless to say – I sank in the mud a few times as I ventured around the yard; capturing raindrops on flowers and objects.  The fog has been terrible for 2 days – which always happens when it rains in our area.  Mother Nature thinks it is Spring in this area, because every fruit tree is in bloom.

This bloom is from our peach tree.  Love the pink color that is covered in rain drops.

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The following is from our plum trees and we have many plum trees (too many).

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The rain seemed to be coming down so fast and heavy – no one wanted to go outside.

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The following is a bloom from the pear tree that stands near the back of our 3 acre yard.

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The blackberry vines are putting on leaves.

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We have small streams at the front and back of our property and they were moving swiftly and making a lot of noise.

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I will leave you with one more pretty peach blossom and a photo of apple blossoms .I took the photo of the apple blossoms last Spring.

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Paracelsus

What is Paracelsus you say.  He was an Alchemist  who practiced alchemy.  Alchemy is: The discovery of a universal cure for disease and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life.  Paracelsus was a medical chemical scientist, physician, and speculative philosopher. He was born in Sweden and lived from 1493 to 1541.  He died at the age of 48, so I know he did not find a way to prolong life.  But he did write the following quote.

“The art of healing comes from Nature and not from the physician.  Therefore the physician must start from Nature with an  open mind.”

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This little Female Wren came along and began singing to her boyfriend, who appeared in less than a minute.

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