STATUS QUOtes — 20190625

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“I know it’s okay not to have it all figured out but damn it would be nice.” — Jacob Holguin

“I always thought that life was about standing your ground, no matter how strong the current was. But going with the flow isn’t so bad after all. As long as it takes you forward.” — Ai Yazawa

“A world of vested interests is not a world which welcomes the disruptive force of candor.” — Agnes Repplier

“An expert really doesn’t know anymore than you do. He is merely better organized and has slides.” — Van Oech’s Law

 

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Desert Sunflower Roulette

Gardening is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work. Based on my experience the work component can be more or less difficult depending upon the garden’s location. In the desert, there seems to be an ongoing struggle during the warmest months.

There are roadside sunflowers along the trails and highways of Sonoran Desert that seem to tolerate the harsh growing conditions. After seeing this desert-adjusted specimen growing in the Phoenix area, I decided to try to grow the more showy, standard sunflowers in our cultivated garden.

My main concern was the sun’s intensity. Heat is one thing, but the searing intensity of the sun’s rays is another. There can be a more than one hundred days with temperatures of one hundred degrees or more. The one factor in my favor is that our gardens receive irrigation and drought will not be a factor for this experiment.

With this idea in mind, I visited one of our local stores and purchased a package of mixed sunflower seeds. I wanted a selection that would perhaps offer up at least one variety that is less prone to fail under our extreme conditions.



The package indicates that the plants will bloom from summer to fall, but I did not anticipate that long a blooming season in the desert ecosystem.

This is our second year growing these sunflowers. Each spring we pour a selection into a container and make our choice of five random seeds. Once they become viable seedlings, we select the strongest three for final planting.



This year we had a false start because a large squirrel entered our courtyard and devoured our first group of sunflower seedlings. You can read about that HERE.

Bushy-tailed squirrels are not the only culprits in an area where nutrients and water are scarce. Birds, lizards and a variety of rodents prowl the premises looking for greenery to eat. Packrats are especially problematic because of their size and climbing ability.



Did I mention rabbits? There is an abundance of rabbits in our neighborhood and they constantly probe our gardens for weaknesses to exploit.



The situation is not insurmountable, but vigilance is the key. Every day I make the rounds of our gardens to check for damage or potential breeches in our “bulwarks.”

Last year we had two sunflowers from our chosen group that stood out.



This multi-headed beauty enhanced our front courtyard for a number of weeks.



Another seed produced a plant that yielded a single and rather unremarkable flower which was disappointing. Our last chosen seed graced our rear patio with an orange-hued flare. While it did not flower as long as the courtyard specimen, it did give us several nice blooms.



After the destruction of our initial plantings by the squirrel this year, I started additional sunflower seedlings. I was concerned that we missed the best growing window with moderate temperatures, but we had little to lose.

After careful cultivation and coddling, we were able to appreciate the fruits of our labor.



As we were about to leave for a one week, out-of town visit, we watched this one bud get larger and larger and hoped that it would bloom prior to our departure. Sure enough, the day before we left, the flower opened. The plant is a bit taller than I am in the picture above and considering that it is in a pot, I estimate it was 6’3″ tall; give or take.



The close up view (above) shows that there were more flowers to come and we hoped they would survive our time away. Upon our return a week later, we were greeted with this…



This morning, I was making the rounds in our front garden where we have two other sunflower specimens progressing toward their blooming stage and I noticed that there was some destruction on one of them.



We have cutter bees in our town and there is little gardeners can do to prevent their damage. They cut circular patterns in the leaves, but they are relatively small circles or semi-circular holes. I knew this was not their work.

Then I noticed these black dots on some lower leaves



and around some of the large buds heads.



This was a sure sign of a caterpillar, i.e. a larva of a butterfly or moth. Sure enough, I hunted it down and sent it packing! The plant will do fine as long as I continue to monitor the situation and prevent other significant damage. The caterpillar did not eat any of the buds, practically destroyed the one leaf pictured above, but did little else to the plant.

It was not all dismay and gloom with the courtyard sunflowers as this beauty opened this morning.



It was a deep, burnt orange color; nearly red. If it produces well, I might try to collect some seeds from it for next year although it may be cross-pollinated and not true to the mother plant. It would most likely have strong color.



I don’t know if we will continue to grow the showier cultivars of the sunflower family, but it has been fun and fills our mornings with hope that we will be greeted with yet another marvelous flower.


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STATUS QUOtes — 20190624

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“Flattery is like chewing gum… enjoy it but don’t swallow it.” — Hank Ketcham

“Have you ever met someone, spent less than thirty minutes with them and thought ‘I could easily love you’” — Donte Collins

“One of the risks of being quiet is that other people can fill your silence with their own interpretation: You’re bored. You’re depressed. You’re shy. You’re stuck up. You’re judgmental. When others can’t read us, they write their own story—not always one we choose or that’s true to who we are.” — Sophia Dembling

“Economists report that a college education adds many thousands of dollars to a man’s lifetime income… which he then spends sending his son to college.” — Bill Vaughn

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190623

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“Not even the gods fight against necessity.” — Simonides

“Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do — can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.” — Barbara Sher

“Do you know the best thing about broken hearts? They can only really break once the rest is just scratches.” — Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“There’s life for you. Spend the best years of your life studying penmanship and rhetoric and syntax and Beowulf and George Eliot, and then somebody steals your pencil.” — Dorothy Parker

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190622

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“Don’t pray for rain if you are going to complain about the mud.” — Proverb

“The ship you’re waiting for to come in, may very well be the ship you need to build.” — Eddie Harris, Jr.

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” — Bill Watterson

“My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for 40 years because even in biblical times men would not stop to ask for directions.” — Elayne Boosler

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190621

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“Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the first step through a door until you’re already inside.” — Ann Voskamp

“Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.” — Arthur Schopenhauer

“What we do best or most perfectly is what we have most thoroughly learned by the longest practice, and at length it falls from us without our notice, as a leaf from a tree.” — Henry David Thoreau

“I don’t use emojis. I go vintage.” — Rami Malek

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190620

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“I always say that one has no right to hope without endeavor.” — Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” — Frida Kahlo

“As far as I can judge, not much good can be done without disturbing something or somebody.” — Edward Blake

“Bad spellers of the world untie!” — Adam Savage, American special effects designer

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190619

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“Individuality is a flame that can start a wildfire in a world of conformity.” — Elie Romero

“People will listen a great deal more patiently while you explain your mistakes than when you explain your successes.” — Wilbur N. Nesbit

“There is a certain fate to the universe and a certain randomness.” — Harlan Coben, Hold Tight

“Just read a book about Stockholm Syndrome, it started off badly but by the end I really liked it.” — Kenneth Dodd

 

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Humor – Can’t Wait Til Friday (Funny Picture)

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Free Kitty to a good home

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20190611

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“A thousand Dreams within me softly burn.” — Arthur Rimbaud

“If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too . . . If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same . . . Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it…” — Rudyard Kipling, If ( read the long version HERE) **

“‘I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,’ said Pooh.’There there,’ said Piglet. ‘I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.'” — A.A. Milne

“Some people dream of having a big swimming pool. With me, it’s closets.” — Audrey Hepburn


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