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The Hypnotic Patterns of Sunflowers
Nature's mathematical marvel, the sunflower displays the Fabonacco Sequence and the Golden Ratio. These are not numbers that just happened, inquiring minds figured these out by observing and asking why and experimenting and trial and error. These were not a "rule" handed down by ancient beliefs, they were discovered, much as an explorer discovers new lands. The discovered patterns then became codified into the sciences and used for effective, efficient and beautiful designs. Fibonacci sequence: or 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144 ... each number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two numbers. In sunflowers, the spirals in the center are generated from this sequence -- "there are two series of curves winding in opposite directions, starting at the center and stretching out to the petals, with each seed sitting at a certain angle from the neighboring seeds to create the spiral."Golden Ratio: or 2/3, 3/5, 5/8, 8/13, 13/21, etc. ..."choose the most irrational number there is, that is to say, the one the least well approximated by a fraction. This number is exactly the golden mean. The corresponding angle, the golden angle, is 137.5 degrees. (It is obtained by multiplying the non-whole part of the golden mean by 360 degrees and, since one obtains an angle greater than 180 degrees, by taking its complement). With this angle, one obtains the optimal filling, that is, the same spacing between all the seeds
Nerdless, a favorite flower of mine, sunflowers. Glad to learn stevia works out well for you.
This weekend I went to see the sunflower fields in the town over. A typhoon had come and knocked most of them down, but I was able to enjoy them, nonetheless. I was simply amazed at the size of the heads! Like dishes! Wow! LOL Anyway, I just want to thank you, Joan for all your advice with the stevia. So far, so good!
Here is a better video of fractals that explains techniques and processes. If you try to create a fractal with pencil and paper, it is virtually impossible. I spent several days doing the geometry to bring cosmos out of chaos. With a computer, it just means punching in a few numbers, pressing a "Go" and wait. The original Mandelbrot set was left to run overnight, I think by accident, and resulted in unbelievable patterns.
This rather fundamental fractal, showing only a brief example of fractal tree design, reveals a representation of how natural growth develops. I wish he would stay with forms of flora growth, that could be very interesting to watch. I find the geometric patterns less interesting than flora, sometimes.
The original root and shrub from great-grandma's grave is dying but there are many little ones sprouting all around it, so when the old shrub dies, there are still many viable roots from that stock. They are beautiful bushes and I am sure they will be very pretty. One is about 6 feet tall now, the others are from 2 inches above ground to about 3 feet. Life seeks to live and this ancient root lives on. Yes, the old one was fragrant. And I love her.
This one grows into the arborvitae and into an old scrawny lilic that isn't pretty, but I dug a root from one growing on my great-grandmother's grave located in a pine forest in Emida, Idaho. The lilac definitely is not a fancy variety, probably something my grandmother dug from her own garden.
This is my neighbor to the east who has Clematis terniflora, (aka paniculata), “Sweet Autumn Clematis”.
Cary harvested my Concord grapes this week, leaving some for the birds.
My neighbor and I have been experimenting and exploring which kinds of clematis we each have and how we should care for them. First thing to know, the incorrect pruning may cost you a plant. We both have lost lovely clematis because we didn't know what we were doing. Here is a guide to help differentiate the three types. We also learned that clematis like tomato food. So, those are two problems solved. We keep learning together as we chat through the shared raspberry bushes that came into my garden from hers.
Plant Paradise Country Gardens
This is an incredible garden with great combinations of colors, forms, and textures. These ideas are keepers.
A Brief History of the Wonderful Tomato
For those interested in history, here is a fun one on tomatoes.
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