Southside Sunflower Report

Well we finally have bloomage:

Of the eight sunflower seeds planted in the two boxes hung off the southside stairs in June, six have grown, with the first having started its reveal yesterday (above how it looks this morning; click it for the bigger picture). Now the question is if it can avoid decapitation by the squirels long enough to serve the bees.

It’s been interesting to see how each of the flowers have individually grown, with each of the six surviving seeds progressing at markedly different rates.  It’s a safe bet that of those four seeds planted in the left box, two were just entirely overpowered by the co-sewn basil (that grew like krazee!), and the two survivors were somewhat stunted. The flowers on the right went four for four I’d guess because the cilantro planted with them didn’t take off like the basil.

Not to get too skeptically analytical, but given how historically few have been the bees seen on this side of the house (compared to the north side), I have my doubts as to how many might find these blooms. But then again, nature has a way of finding a way.


Published by


Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."