These aren't narrow leaf sunflowers. The leaves are much broader and longer and they grow to about 12-feet tall. Beautiful, just the same.
A skipper shaded in the golden light of a tickseed sunflower.
They always bring the same warmth ...
... and testament of happiness.
Why aren't sunflowers in the sky?
Well, my sunflower didn't do too well. I think the overabundance of rain generated five "sapsuckers" that took all the nutrients from the main head and it couldn't survive.
Oh, my sunflower is beginning to open. You can already see the shape of the sunflower seeds although they're only the size of a pinhead! God's wonders never cease.
"Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home."
One of the birds dropped a sunflower seed into my flowerbed and it's now beginning to bloom. I know it won't last long and may not even put out seeds, but it's always fun to watch grow.
One last look at the withering sunflowers. Just as the hummingbirds leave, so too do the fall flowers.
Texture by Shadow House Creations.
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I hope you don't mind more sunflowers.
We met our friends for supper tonight and then went to their home to watch the vice presidential debate. I was glad we came upon this patch of sunflowers on the way to meet them. The lighting was wonderful.
Small Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus Microcephalus)
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This is a wild sunflower, but I haven't figured out what kind yet. Oh well, Happy Father's Day.