You know the old saying, "a watched pot never boils"? Plants are like that. They grow and change slowly, so you stop paying attention and then they surprise you by growing seemingly overnight. Thanks to time-lapse videography, we can take a peek at how they really grow, without having to put in a lot of time.
Over a month's time, a dandelion will bloom and go to seed. Unless you remember to mow the lawn.
A big old magic mushroom! This video was taken over a three-day period. They grow fast.
One year in the life of an oak tree, condensed into 15 seconds.
The first 21 days of cucumber sprouts. Give them another month and you'll have to make pickles.
This explains how morning glories find a support to climb. They just swing around in ever-bigger circles until they hit something!
A fern grows like a group of ballerinas. Very, very slow ballerinas.
A male cycad cone develops over about ten days. The camera was left on and the nighttime sequences were edited out.
For a grand finale, here's a compilation of a variety of blooms bursting in a hurry. Glorious!