Most of the sunflowers are in full bloom (3 of 5). I finally had a chance to visit the garden in daylight and figured it would make for some better pictures and a measurement. Once again a step ladder would have helped, but I like to do things the hard way.
This one made it simpler on me and has started to look down towards the ground. The head of the sunflower is only about 6 feet off the ground now.
The leader of the group has also started to face the ground, but it is still around 9 feet up. How big is the flower? Check out the picture below to see a poor measurement attempt.
The tape is at a pretty severe angle, so I am going to guess a bit and call that about 8-9 inches for the center part and a little over a foot if you go petal tip to petal tip. Pretty soon I will have to start researching what to do with these. I’d like to get a bag of sunflower seeds out of two or three of the heads.
My wife happened to be out in the garden this morning and offered to take a picture. So, in a first for the blog, here is a picture of me next to the tallest sunflower. Heck, aside from the trees and the house, that might be the next tallest thing in the yard.
So, enough about sunflowers. What else is going on in the garden. The last few weeks have been another chapter in the bug battle. This time it is worms eating the Brussels sprouts. Below are pictures of the two types making the leaves look like (or even worse than) Swiss cheese. Both appear to be different types of Cabbage worms.
This first one looks a lot like a Evergestis rimosalis or more commonly known as a Cross-Stripped Cabbage Worm.
This one seems to be an Imported Cabbage Worm known as Pieris rapae. These are much harder to spot as their green color is almost the exact shade as the leaf on which they are hiding. Also in the picture is my latest cabbage worm remover. A poke and twist usually makes quick work of the pesky problem.
From this angle here, it looks like a flower garden and not a vegetable garden. The picture below shows the bed from a different angle and you can see how the zinnias are pushing hard on the Brussels sprouts. Mental note for next year.. zinnias take up a lot of space.
That being said, I do like the extra color to the garden with the zinnias. Here is a good pink/purple colored flower with a nice red one below.
Finally, there were a number of flying visitors to the garden today. The bees and bumble bees were out in force checking out all the various flowers. Above is a picture I was lucky enough to capture of a butterfly. The snapshot I would have liked to get was of a hummingbird flittering from flower to flower and zipping about the garden.