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great article on Hulda Klager. Your photo in front of her lilac is special. Quite a story about the river floods and replacement tasks. Appropriate use of river front heritage; glad industry didn't go in.
Do you have any idea the iris color from the cemetery? Please keep me posted on its progress.
Sentient, thank you for the information and your report on your crop. I start the hunt to find prevention and remedy.
How did your crop turn out, taste-wise?
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.
"Understanding Fractals"
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/tlc/33733-understanding-fractals-vi....
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.
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