Saturday, September 13, 2014

Yellow Splash

It's sunflower time in the garden!
My crop of sunflowers is small this year. I don't mean in number but in size. Each spring when we buy our seeds, I always get a packet or two of sunflowers. I make sure that one contains 'Monster' seeds. When they bloom they have flowers that measures about 14 inches in diameter. They are quite something to see waving in September breezes. Now that our bountiful daisies have passed, the bright yellow stage is reserved for our sunflowers. The marque reads this morning: "Now Playing- Sunflowers". However, I guess last springtime I must have just reached for the packets of regular size and the colorful orange and reds, because there are no gigantic 'faces' struting their stuff this fall. Oh well... For now the bees are reigning on the faces, and as soon as the October winds hit the birds will have their banquet. Making my way up the snowy path in January in the midst of a snowstorm, I'll hear the icy sound of the precipitation on the dead stalks, knee deep in snow. Come April, they'll be thrown on the burning pile of brush, as the garden readies for another cycle.
Full circle.

22 comments:

  1. Monster or no, they'll bring joy to all kinds of creatures over these next several weeks.

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  2. Size isn't everything, they say. That bee doesn't seem to mind.

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  3. There is the occasional field of sunflowers in the Dakotas. If you think a few plants are spectacular, wait until you see 100 acres of shiny sunflower faces, and yes, they are the big ones. These produce sunflower oil seed. Like your photo.

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  4. The circle of life. Isn't there a song by that name?

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  5. Another gorgeous photograph! We have had quite a crop of sunflowers this year...so many, we are selling them.

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  6. they're beautiful. size doesn't matter. :)

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  7. We are well synchronized abut colors with our today's posts!

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  8. It may not be monster but it is lovely!

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  9. This photo and yesterday's tell a nice story of late summer. And this sunflower looks like a beauty, whatever its size.

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  10. It's a lovely one. I see some in gardens nearly as tall as I am, and I'm six feet tall.

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  11. Purty pic. Going to have to plant some sunflowers next year. Maybe you'll remind me . . .

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  12. I do love them so!! This is the time to be aware of cycles of nature, for sure. Speaking of this time of year, I wonder if you all are going to The Common Ground Fair? I liked your photos from last year's fair. I am going to buy bunches of Sweet Annie this year!

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  13. Great flower . . . great minds Birdman!

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  14. Nothing like a sweet plot of sunflowers.

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  15. I really like your garden and your cat fancy.

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  16. It is wonderful to plant flowers that attract bees; we need to attract them for their future.

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  17. Big faces or small, there' nothing quite like a mass planting of sunflowers.. gorgeous image Birdman!

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  18. Large or small, there's no such thing as a bad sunflower!

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