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Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-13

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sunflower seedling

Helianthus

Sunflower (seedling)

Geez, I just planted these a couple weeks ago and here they come! Plus, it's been unseasonably cold here in LA; last night it was 32 degrees in the valley, which is only about four minutes away, but downhill, in the more desert-like area. I'm surprised these are doing so well. But the squirrels will be thrilled. If you ever want to see a squirrel deliriously happy, give it a fully grown sunflower that has seeds. Seriously, they lose their little squirrel minds with happiness. Very entertaining!

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