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.

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Gardening

Well, it has been a busy garden year.  I am glad it is coming to an end.  Need a rest.  The last thing in the garden is the Okra and it never seems to quit producing.  Here are some pictures of my husband’s over abundance of Okra plants.

This is a photo of the Okra plants in early August, they were about 5 feet tall.

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These Okra blooms are beautiful.

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My kitchen table is covered with Okra every other day.  We have supplied friends and family with plenty of Okra to cook and enjoy eating.

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The bottom leaves on the Okra are falling off.  This is September and the Okra is taller.  My husband is 6 foot tall and he has to reach to pick okra now.  I hate to handle okra, it makes my hands itch so badly.  Love it rolled in cornmeal and fried.

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Plants Around The Garden

I am constantly taking photos around my yard.  My husband often reminds of the days of film.  He says my hobby would have been very expensive in the days of film.  I tell him to quit reminding me of my age. Lol

SEED PODS FROM GREEN LEAF LETTUCE

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BLOSSOM FROM BIRD HOUSE GOURDIMG_4212

CORN TASSELS

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DOYEL’S BLACKBERRY

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FREESTONE PEACH

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ROMAINE LETTUCE SEEDS IN BLOOM

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