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Sunflower phone

December 1st, 2004 · 4 Comments

Scott Koon was correct in his assumption that I would like these Motorola cell phones made of biodegradable polymer, with an embedded sunflower seed. Cute picture! However, I don’t know if his statement that sunflowers grow nearly everywhere is accurate. I can’t get many sunflowers to grow in our yard: too many birds want a bargain breakfast at the Seedlings & Sprouts Cafe…


Tags: gardening

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  • 1 lucy // Dec 2, 2004 at 5:46 am

    I can’t get them to grow here either. Well, I can get them to grow, I just can’t keep them growing! Our puppies flatten them. I looked out one day to see one golden retriever puppy watching the other puppy slowly roll across the flowerbed until all the plants had been gently pressed down. Then the puppies would switch places. Like they were practicing making crop-circles, except they were making crop-lines!

  • 2 annie // Dec 2, 2004 at 8:52 am

    When we bought our Volvo this summer, it came with a biodegradable key with embedded wild flower seeds. I think I liked it better than the car, which says a lot because I’m more in love with my cute red sportscar than my anti-materialistic values would like!

  • 3 Scott // Dec 2, 2004 at 10:59 am

    Ah, see that’s because you are TRYING to grow them. I’ll share my fathers time tested method for growing sunflowers. Granted he lives in Kansas, the sunflower state, so maybe they grow better there. But the P-Patch plot behind ours did have 6 or 7 large sunflowers growing (and blocking out the sun on our plot grrrrrrrrr) here in Seattle.

    1) Buy a birdfeeder
    2) Buy a birdseed mix containing sunflower seeds.
    3) Place the birdfeeder above an area where you don’t want the sunflowers to grow.
    4) Fill the birdfeeder up with the birdseed mix.
    5) Wait.

    Eventually the birds come along, eat the birdseed, make a big mess under the birdfeeder and spill sunflower seeds all over the ground. Before you know it, you’ll have several beautiful sunflowers growing underneath your birdfeeder.

  • 4 Julie // Dec 3, 2004 at 12:31 am

    Lucy – cute puppies! I don’t have puppies but my kids have some of the same effect…

    Annie – I hadn’t heard of the Volvo key – interesting…

    Scott – my neighbor tried that one. And that’s how I got the only sunflowers I did! Some rodent, I believe, not a bird, did a stash or two in my yard. My neighbor told me that they weren’t supposed to grow into flowers. I didn’t really mind as they were the only sunflowers I got, these spontaneous ones…

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