Tuesday, September 23

Sunflower Afternoon

Look at what the birds did to our prize sunflower, our biggest giant sunflower!! This is the sunflower that my oldest and I have been waiting for just the right time to cut down and pick out it's seeds. Actually, we recently planned to take it to her preschool for the science table. The birds had other plans. I noticed today that the petals were gone as were half of the seeds. We immediately decided to cut it down and pick out what was left.

My oldest suggested we grab the magnifying glasses to obserbe the seeds (just the other day she asked me if a magnifying glass was a science tool? Where do they come up with these questions?) Turns out there were more than enough seeds left to pick. All three of us were concerned with different aspects of this activity. I wanted some great pictures. My oldest spent her time picking the seeds and throwing them all over the patio - "to feed the birds." My 2 year old was intent on trying to get the shell open to reveal the seed. All of us busy, all of us enjoying the sunflower in our own way. It really was a sunflowery afternoon.

6 comments:

Bella Casa said...

How sweet! I wish I could even grow a sunflower, I think the chipmunks eat the seeds before they can even get a chance to sprout!

Bella :)

Kimberly said...

Wow! That was an AWESOME sunflower!!!

Astrid said...

We also have a few dozen sunflower heads to figure out what to do with. I'm so sad that they're gone now. The mammoth varieties are truly gigantic! Perhaps I'll let my 2yr old have fun taking out the seeds of one of the massive heads. I'm trying to come up with ideas on what to do with all of them...I want to use the seeds for the birds over the winter.

Miriam said...

Wow! I need a yard to plant sunflowers next year. Think dh will buy that reason to move?

Glad you were able to save something from the project.

Kayce said...

Last year, a squirrel ate my son's. We didn't grow it again this year... but next year I'll have him brainstorm ideas to keep it from happening. Glad you were able to save some.

Road Trippers said...

Okay, we have never ever been able to get a sunflower sprout out of the ground! Seriously. What's wrong with us? I am soooo envious of those birds!

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