Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sunflowers are blooming. . . . . . . . . .

Back in early June I planted a packet of sunflower seeds along the low brick wall
 in the front garden in hopes they'd take root and grow before the squirrels found
 them and dug them up!  I've been watching them carefully, fascinated by their 
healthy growth, reminding Bob not to mow over them, and watering them when
there's been no rain and the temperatures have climbed into the 90's.

Just a few days ago the sunflowers were still in bud - the heavy rain from the 
thunderstorm on Thursday evening brought renewal to the garden. 
Funny how rain does such a better job than the garden hoses. How precious
is water falling from those huge clouds billowing across the skies.

Of course they are facing east, toward the rising sun, away from the cottage.
Each morning I pop over and take their picture from my neighbor's side of
 the wall - the same wall I cross to go care for the neighbor's cat Ms. Nala.
Just today and tomorrow remaining as our neighbor returns in the evening.

So, hanging out the 'sunflower flag' this week seems appropriate.
 The gold and green colors of the huge flowers are beautiful and already
 I'm picking other spots where I plan to try growing sunflowers next summer. 
 They will provide late summer food for the birds. . . . . . . . . . oh yes, perhaps
 the squirrels also!

Wishing you all a wonderful summer weekend.


  1. Wonderful ! Happy Summer to you too.

  2. I love everything about your collage, Mary. The beautiful sunflowers, pretty yellow house and the flag is so lovely.
    Have a wonderful weekend and try to stay cool.

  3. One of my very favorite flowers. Fields of sunflowers - heaven.

  4. Dear Mary, Gorgeous Sunflowers and beautifully photographed. Once you have Sunflowers in your garden you will always have them. The birds and squirrels will do the work for you.

  5. Simply gorgeous! I love their cheerful yellow and green colors and wonderful shapes. Glad you are enjoying your sunflowers. The local birds and squirrels will have a lovely feast when the time comes.

  6. Sunflowers are, for me, the epitome of high and late summer. And since yellow is my favourite colour, it won't surprise you to read that I really like sunflowers!

  7. Sunflowers are one of my favorites. Yours look lovely.

  8. I just love your sunflowers. We have some coming up, but haven't bloomed yet. Your pictures, as usual, are just wonderful.

  9. They are beautiful, Mary, and so beneficial to our little critters.

    Did you have to stake them? Perhaps the spot you planted them shielded them from tilting or the wind blowing them down. I've grown the miniature variety due to this problem.

    Thanks for the email on the camera---very helpful. Not sure what to get yet.

    Jane x

  10. WOW Mary ..... what magnificent sunflowers ...... such happy flowers that bring a smile to your face. They just scream SUMMER !!!! XXXX

  11. Sunflowers bring such sunny delight! How awesome you have these to enjoy!

  12. Dear Mary - love your first image of the beautiful sunflower which you have shown in all its glory - absolutely gorgeous, you should print it off, frame it, and hang it on your wall - it would make a lovely greetings card too.

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