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I got a bucket got a bucketful of sunshine

July 27, 2012

Some day I hope to have a garden. For now, I turn my balcony into somewhat of a jungle. A while back I planted sunflower seeds in a bucket. The stalks have been growing steadily, but it’s only been recently that there’s been any sign of flowers — and now they’re opening! I love sunflowers, but I’ve never got to watch this slow progression before, it’s really cool. I’ve been posting progress pictures almost every day on Instagram — and hopefully people aren’t getting tired of me — but I also wanted to get some better quality shots.

There is just no way the sight of that can do anything but cheer you up, right? It’s neat to see all the other little blooms on the way to opening up, because it hints at the sight of a whole mini field of sunshine in a week or so.

The other thing I’m looking forward to is orchids. I had two plants that bloomed last year — full admission time: I bought them for the open house when we were selling our old apartment, because apparently orchids are magic — and have just been sitting in their respective windows looking half-dead. (In that time, a little clipping that I don’t remember who gave me and that I didn’t even know was an orchid bloomed, which was cool.) Before we left, one of the big plants suddenly started blooming. When we came back, it was this gorgeous explosion of flowers, and the other one had sneakily sprouted little pods. So cool.

It’s nice to have all these things growing and evolving, to get up in the morning and check what’s been happening in pots and buckets all over the apartment. I generally don’t go in for flowers because if I don’t kill them, the cats used to. Green plants all the way. But maybe I should reevaluate my stance?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2012 11:25 am

    Sunflowers are so exuberant! I like your photos.

  2. Masja permalink
    July 27, 2012 11:54 am

    My dear daughter, you are growing up! You were never interested in gardens.

  3. July 27, 2012 6:24 pm

    I dream of having a proper garden too. I’ve never quite had the hand for orchids though. I never knew you could grow sunflowers in pots; I might have to try that next year!

    • July 28, 2012 12:57 pm

      It’s a pretty big bucket – but I do suspect that I probably planted them a bit more crowdedly than I should have.

  4. July 28, 2012 5:07 pm

    I love orchids. We have a couple on a window sill. I’ve also killed a few. They sometimes take a while to bloom, but when they do – wow.

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