Thank you Mr./Mrs. Farmer for planting sunflowers for me to enjoy… and everyone else that passes by.
Far Guy wanted to run an errand in town, it was partly sunny…could we stop by the sunflower field? The answer was yes…what fun! Chance and I waited together in the car whilst Far Guy ordered the cake for his Class Reunion and talked with Jackie about the posters that they will put up on Main Street. ( They are the class babysitters.) After a quick stop at the Post Office we were on our way home and stopped at the Sunflower Field.
If I were a farmer I would only plant Sunflowers and Flax…that’s it..only the real pretty crops. The crops that make you smile!
The bees were busy.
Some of the heads are starting to turn downward already. One sunflower head can have between 1,000 and 2,000 seeds. They turn downward naturally to avoid raindrops damaging the seeds with moisture and it also makes it more difficult for birds to eat the seeds.
There are many flowers yet to open..some are still following the sun…heliotropism…that is when sunflower buds (before the yellow ray flowers appear) follow the sun and return to the east before dawn to await the morning sun. Following the sun makes them grow faster and keeps them cozy warm. When the ray flowers appear(the bright yellow ones)they stop moving and get down to the business of making seeds….and they all face east.
I hope the photos made you smile, I know I will enjoy them next winter when it is whatever below zero.