3.26.2010

nine weeks

We have nine - that's right, nine - weeks left until summer break. Oh my. Feelings of joy mixed with fear. One thing we plan on doing this summer is participating in The Great Sunflower Project. You can read details at the link, but basically you plant sunflowers in your yard and record how many bees you see (or don't see) visiting them each day during a 15 minute period. I am totally alarmed by the disappearance of honeybees and want to help, of course, but I would be lying if I didn't say that mainly I find the idea of locking my kids out in the backyard for at least 15 minutes wildly appealing. 15 minutes of quiet and helping the environment? Done!

32 comments:

Kelly and Kelly said...

what a great idea. I've always wanted to plant sunflowers, I wonder if they grow here.

Leila said...

I just joined too because of your post. Thanks for sharing!

growfamilygrow said...

Oh my goodness! I haven't seen this project. Fabulous, thanks for sharing. I'm going to go ahead and join too.

Joy said...

brilliant!!!

heather said...

Thank you so much for posting this, I will be recruiting my kidlets, and we are definitely going to participate! My Dad used to have some hives of his own when I was growing up.

alexandra said...

I joined this last year and we somehow killed all the sunflower seeds we planted. thrive, honeybees! thrive despite my failures to study you!

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jojo-caramel said...

I'va plantes a few enormous sunflowers in my garden! Happy Easter to you and Melissa!
Joyeuses Pâques à vous et vos enfants!

jojo-caramel said...

Oh dear...I mean... I've planteD... J'ai planté :-)

erika said...

Summer gets so close so soon this year, I love the idea of planting the sunflowers to help the honeybees.

melissa said...

My son is intrigued by the idea that honey is made from bee spit. But we love that bee spit and the bees...

lynne said...

Melissa, I had no idea that honey was made from spit! Disgusting.

Jodi said...

This is an awesome idea. I joined and added your link to my blog. Thank you.

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katemakes said...

We're growing Velvet sunflowers as well as the regular yellows this year. Welcome honeybees! Congrats on baby Wren - sooo adorable. We have a 5 yr old named Wren though she goes by her middle name Lola.

Meghan said...

I will be joining too. Thank you so much for the post. I have to mention how much I enjoy reading your blog. I am always so inspired. I check every day for new posts!

Susannah @ Art Nest said...

This is totally off topic for this blog post but I was curious if there would be another edition of the SCJ Quarterly? I know you both have had babies and I'm sure are focusing on that...I just really enjoyed the last one!

Sabina said...

I'm on my way to join - thanks!

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Mary said...

Awesome. I'm in!

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Susannah @ Art Nest said...

hehe...I'm with Stacy!!!
Miss the SC blog updates~

Meghan said...

Oh Sugar City, I miss you so. Where are you?

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