petals drop
seeds picked clean
the sunflower sets


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While going through some old photo files, I came across this interesting shot from a while ago. I don’t remember what I was thinking when I took the shot, but I love how it looks!

Photo: Sunflower detail, c.b.w. 2013

Words: haiku, c.b.w. 2018


Favorite Thing Friday: Jasmine Vines & Seedlings


One evening this week, I opened up my back door to let my dogs outside and I was hit with an incredibly wonderful aroma. Soft, sweet, and intoxicating, little white flowers bloomed by the hundreds on my jasmine vines. The amazing thing is there were no flowers on either of my vines earlier that afternoon. It’s like they all decided to pop open at once and surprise me!

The aroma was so enchanting, I decided to open all my windows in the back of the house. Jasmine wafted through the house all evening and its continued to linger in the air all week long. Aside from the springy smell, the vines themselves have double in size this year and now wrap around patio roof posts. After watching them struggle this winter, its so nice to see them thriving.


Jasmine vine gone wild!

The sunflower is another interesting story. Our Monster Sunflower sprouted two more stems with buds and this one bloomed this week. The other one broke off due to an odd angle and the weight of the bud.  The main bloom was quite small (as expected), but weirdly enough it grew larger after all the petals fell off. That’s a story I’ll have to share once it stops growing!

Over on the plant rack, my seedlings are getting so big! While my vegetable starters are almost ready to go into the garden (probably this weekend), my flower tray holds the biggest surprise. I’ve never been very successful in growing any sort of flower except a wildflower mix in the yard, so it was really exciting to see several sprouts. In particular, four out five nasturtium seeds came up! This week, they graduated to a larger pot, along with another unidentified flower.

The garden rabbit took a break from sniffing the jasmine to help me celebrate graduation day . . .


I hope these guys keep growing!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

Favorite Thing Friday: Monster Sunflower


A giant is lurking in our yard. What started as a random sunflower growing on the edge of the grass patch has grown into a stalk of almost nine feet! Not bad for a seed I didn’t plant in a place reserved for grass and jasmine vines. Somehow, one little sunflower seed landed in this spot and decided he like it there enough to sprout and grow and grow and grow and grow …


Reaching above the roof! The garden rabbit is a teeny, tiny creature compared to the giant. Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

I’ve planted sunflowers in the garden box and along the fence, but none of them ever reached the height and size of what I now call my sunflower tree. When he first popped through the grass back in early February, I thought he’d grow to four or five feet (like most of the random sunflowers that sometimes show up in the yard), give a little burst of yellow, and fade away. Boy, was I wrong! This thing is huge and it’s been really fun to watch it get taller.

When it hit six feet, it started to fall over from its own weight, so I propped it against a lattice.  When it grew a couple more feet, I had to bring in a metal patio chair to hold the weight – he keeps leaning further and further over to reach the afternoon sun. A huge bud sits at the top of the stalk and it’s getting bigger every day. I am anxiously waiting for a big, bright yellow sunflower to bloom.

Of course, the garden rabbit is fascinated by the biggest sunflower he’s ever seen. The leaves alone are three times bigger than him!


That’s a mighty big salad! Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

Don’t worry, he didn’t break this particular leaf. It got stuck in the patio chair when I was trying to find a safe place for the sunflower to rest.

The stem (or trunk!) is a good three inches around, which makes me wonder just how big the root system is on this monster! The rabbit better not get any ideas about nibbling.


Now, that’s a sunflower stem! Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

From where the rabbit sits, this sunflower looks a lot like something that’s only possible with three magic beans. Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!


Keep climbing! Photo by: c.b.w. 2014


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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014




Bright Blooms in the Garden: Part 1


Thanks to blue skies and plenty of sunshine, my garden has exploded with brightly colored flowers. Between the wildflower patch in the front yard and the sunflowers in the back, it’s like walking through a rainbow.

Within a week, many of my sunflowers grew two feet, (making them well over 6 feet in height). They are blooming above the fence and are producing seeds for the next generation.

A very yellow sunflower!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

Seed pods for the next generation.
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

In the front, a slew of baby coneflowers are attracting bees with their bright purple petals and orange centers.

A baby Coneflower
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

A little heat singed, but still beautiful!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

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More blooms from the garden will arrive next Wednesday. Stay tuned for Part 2!

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c.b.w. 2013

Summer Garden Haikus


The sunflowers are in full bloom . . .

A glowing face beams
Waiting for the buzzing bees
swirls of new seeds

He loves me, he loves me not . . .
Photo by: c.b.w.

Today’s forecast: Sunny with clear skies.
Photo by: c.b.w.

. . . while my little rabbit causes some trouble!

Sunflower petals
Zucchini, cucumber bites
My tummy is full

Bad bunny! Next thing you know, he’ll be stealing the seeds!

Where did he get the knife?? I better keep the zucchini and cucumbers hidden from now on!

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What’s growing in your garden?

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c.b.w. 2012