Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Big O and His Sunflower

Many months ago the Big O planted two seeds, in two separate small peat pots. He did this with his Grandmother who is a fanatic for sunflowers.

He returned home from Grandma's with the seeds and was ecstatic about them. He checked on them every day and made sure they had plenty of light and water. When they finally sprouted and broke out of the dirt he was so excited and showed them to anyone who would take the time to look.

When it got warmer outside, Mommy decided the two little sprouts should be put outside and that maybe then they would grow faster--because goodness his sunflowers were making slow progress. Sadly this turned out to be a bad decision as one of the sprouts died. Or rather, was murdered! We think a bug came and chopped it down right at the base. For no other apparent reason than to hurt a little boy! The bug didn't even eat the top half! It just chopped it down for the fun of it, like it was some huge tree to be felled! Bugs are cruel.

The Big O was sad about this loss. So Mommy decided she had better bring the other sprout back inside to keep it safe from all the mean bugs outside. Fortunately, the sprout thrived and eventually the Big O placed it into a larger pot. Soon Mommy had to put a bamboo skewer in the pot to support the slowly growing plant.

It got taller and taller, and it was decided by the Big O that it was time to move the sunflower plant outside. I do not know where Mommy was when the planting occurred, but in Mommy's opinion the sunflower was planted in an unsuitable spot. It should have been planted where it would get constant sun, instead of a spot that spends most of the day in shade. But, oh well, the sunflower got planted, and despite the less than desirable location it continued to grow. And grow and grow. It grew to be almost as tall as the Big O.... Mommy thinks that if it had been planted in a better spot it would have grown taller than the Big O, but enough about that.....

And now, well, the sunflower has a flower! Which bloomed during the last week of July. The Big O is very proud of his flower and this seed-growing experience, combined with all the Thteed gardening, created a strong interest in plant growth.

And now some lovely photos of the Big O next to his sunflower:


Blogger FoxyJ said...

So cute! S-Boogie loves plants and flowers, but unfortunately lives with parents who don't garden and manage to kill houseplants. She brought home some wheatgrass seeds from school that sprouted and grew well. Then I forgot to water them for a few days and they died. At least she got over it well.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 3:24:00 PM  
Blogger 'sposita said...

i love the picture of him sniffing it. I think the Dude is very plant deprived. Just passing on that brown thumb!

Friday, August 10, 2007 6:03:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Steed said...

Ok ladies here's plant project that I think you can both have success with:

1 dried bean
paper towel
jar with lid

get paper towel damp, fold up and place in bottom of jar. Place bean on paper towel, put lid on jar. Put jar in a location where it will get light. Wait. In a few days the bean will sprout and continue to grow.

Big O loves checking on his bean each day and seeing how it has changed.

Friday, August 10, 2007 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger Silly Marie said...

I love these pictures. I think he's inherited Th.'s hair...

Sunday, August 12, 2007 7:32:00 PM  
Blogger Lady Steed said...

oh silly, you just reminded me that I have some great photos of some crazy hair to share!

Sunday, August 12, 2007 9:51:00 PM  

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