Did you miss me?
In fact, I’ve found that it doesn’t make much difference to my website traffic whether I write or not. All the evidence suggests that 90% of the visits come from people who are sinking a trampoline, building a mini scarecrow, or wanting to decorate their rubber boots – while the other 10% appear to be from the Philippines, where I’m concerned that my blog- Titles must have more acid connotations.
At least it’s not as bad as Twitter Where I find the less I say, the more people are willing to follow me. I can’t understand this, but a certain look in my husband’s eyes says that he has a better insight into this phenomenon.
But whether you like it or not, I returned after an unplanned absence from blogging and on time to record the end of one of our summer garden highlights – Sunflower Alley.
In May I decided to plant a tunnel with sunflowers from the seeds saved last year. To form stepping stones, we used some old concrete paving slabs that were classified as a safety risk in the preschool garden, but which I like to call “risk awareness training”. We also just popped in about a hundred seeds from one of our five sunflowers the year before.
Over time, the room was used for chases, hiding or even just sitting quietly (we attached a garden stool at each end). When it finally blossomed, it provided a backdrop for the vegetable garden and provided the house with some spectacular flowers for several weeks.
In addition, we even managed to grow an exceptionally tall specimen with a height of 3.38 meters. Tragically, this monumental achievement happened in the only year that the school had NO sunflower competition. If I edit the story again, we have of course made all of the newcomers achieve a record-breaking triumph …
I also admit that the tallest sunflower looked a little … well … funny. It was a slightly distorted flower head that spoke of a genetic inbreeding that was only that of Habsburg Empire in the 17thth century – which, I admit, was pretty bad. I mean, when you realize that your aunt is your grandmother, it’s a pretty sure sign that you have to get out to meet new people.
But back to the sunflowers.
If you want to try something similar, I would recommend at least a meter between both sides of the alley. In half of them we meandered less through flowers than through the undergrowth.
I also found that late summer storms and very heavy flower heads are not a good combination. As a result, last week our sunflower alley took one last bow from which it could never recover.
Nevertheless – this has now made room for pumpkins … which is nice.