Saturday Has Arriven

Remember: Never criticize someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, they won’t be able to hear you from that far away. Plus, you’ll have their shoes.

It was a fairly cool day for the middle of June so it was time to walk.  Today the target was again Ralph’s Market as we were low on ice cream…OMG, low on ice cream? I also stopped by Target for sun glasses.  Today I am hitting 480 miles since October.

To the market for a bag of goodies

Upon leaving the front door I was encountered by Mr. Sun Flower who has grown like a weed.  The walls are six feet tall so the plant is about twelve feet tall and the flower has yet to appear.  I am thinking I better but a “giant trap” at the base so he gets caught when he comes down the plant from his castle in the sky!

Did You Know? Helianthus or sunflower  is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae. Except for three species in South America, all Helianthus species are native to North America. The common name, “sunflower”, typically refers to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, or the common sunflower, whose round flower heads in combination with the ligules look like the sun. This and other species, notably Jerusalem artichoke (H. tuberosus), are cultivated in temperate regions and some tropical regions as food crops for humans, cattle, and poultry, and as ornamental plants. 

Perennial sunflower species are not as popular for gardens due to their tendency to spread rapidly and become invasive. Whorled sunflowers, H. verticillatus, were listed as an endangered species in 2014 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule protecting it under the Endangered Species Act. The primary threats are industrial forestry and pine plantations in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. They grow to 1.8 m (6 ft) and are primarily found in woodlands, adjacent to creeks and moist, prairie-like areas

Before leaving our house, the sun flower demanded too be shot with the camera.

Vincent loved the sunflowers!

A double rose presented itself. “Double-flowered” describes varieties of flowers with extra petals, often containing flowers within flowers. The double-flowered trait is often noted alongside the scientific name with the abbreviation fl. pl.  meaning “with full flower”.

It’s a double!

Did I say it was windy?  These palm trees were dancing int he breeze and the breeze was cool!

The wind was up at a steady 15 MPH!

After arriving back home with the now soft ice cream we dined on lunch from the garden as Sue had been busy harvesting Swiss Chard, tomatoes, herbs, and other goodies.  I worked in the garden after lunch and continues thinning out the “must haves”.  There is a possibility I will not have to buy a shed if I work some storage magic in the roof of the garage.

Late in the afternoon we headed to the Garden Grove Elks to listen and dance to Dave Ambrose which is always nice.  We stayed until about 9:30 PM and then headed for home as tomorrow is a busy day…Father’s Day.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet loving my best friend and wife, having fun, learning, and passing on helpful things to others.
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