Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sunflower Status part Deux

The sunflowers have been in the field now for a little over a week. Time to update their status. This is the field they are planted in. Doesn't look like much, does it?

But, if you look closely, you will see these:

Lots and lots of itty bitty sunflowers! These are the cotyledon leaves. (That's fancy speak for the first leaves to emerge.) They are not actually true leaves. They were present within the seed in the embryonic stage. The first true leaves are those minuscule "buds" emerging from the center of the plant. Have I bored you yet? Yes? OK, I'll move on...

Ted gets really excited to see this. I can't explain it (it must be a farmer thing) but when you can "row" a crop (that means to look down the planting path and see a row of plants emerging), it makes farmers a little giddy. Weird!

This is the field looking East.

This is the field looking west. Not much now...but it will be pretty snazzy soon. Did I mention that these are in my back yard this year? I'll keep you posted.


  1. I'm with Ted - that row shot makes me a little giddy as well.
    Cheers, Chris! See you Saturday?

  2. Lori, Ted will be glad to have someone understand. You will most likely see me Saturday...