When I first started growing sunflowers I did this in long rows.
Walking through their green splendor just before they were ready to bloom was so much fun reminding me of the summer my grandma and I planted sunflowers in her garden.
The last couple of years I haven’t been as organized with my sunflower planting and this year I even missed the opportunity.
Thankfully I don’t have to miss out because several volunteers sprouted in some of the most unique places. These blossoms make me smile and remind myself that blessings are all around us.
Several neighbors driving by have asked prior to blooming, “What’s that green thing growing in your garden?” I smiled and said, “It’s a sunflower, just wait and in no time it will be blooming.”
This particular one in the brown tires is amazing and the strength in this stem is grand.
I didn’t think it would ever stop growing up and it’s been so fun watching it make it’s own path.
Sunflower represent simple beauty.
They welcome the bees for pollination and eventually seeds will be behind for the birds. I enjoy welcoming the wild birds because they help gather bugs and sometimes leave behind a little fertilizer.
Shade, a lot of beauty and simple goodness, now that’s a sunflower.
There are other ways to enjoy sunflowers and I’ve used them to provide shade for other plants.
I live in north Texas and it can get extremely hot and windy; the sunflowers provide a nice wall to protect more fragile plants like tomatoes.
If you plant the cut flower variety you can even bring blooms inside to enjoy. They really brighten up a space and add a little light to anyone’s day.
A few years ago I sold sunflowers at the local farmers market; it was a lot of fun and they always brought forward a nice crowd.
I kind of miss those Saturday mornings and I’m thinking that maybe one of these days I might do it again.
In general Sunflowers can add a special glow to anyone’s garden, even those that show up as a volunteer.