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Friday, May 21, 2010

Who doesn't love sunflowers?

Well, birds certainly love them. They love them so much that they plant their seeds around my yard every year. Since I love them, too, I let the bird-planted summer flowers stand whenever they are not in an inconvenient spot.

I plant some sunflower seeds every year, too, but, in the race to get the first bloom of the year, the birds win again.

The first sunflower bloom in my garden this year is from this planting by the birds. I don't know the variety but it is a lovely thing, and it is a multi-bloomer, so there will be more blooms to come.

Sunflowers are really the quintessential bloom of summer, aren't they? It's no accident that Van Gogh found them to be fit subjects for his canvas. They are beautiful and they express the carefree essence of the season.

Honestly now, what's not to like about sunflowers?


  1. I LOVE sunflowers. Unfortunately, the birds haven't planted any for me and the ones I've planted ... the birds and their furry squirrel friends have eaten. Shucks! Good news ... we cut back all the Ixora and they are coming out from the roots as is one of our lime trees ... the other -- nothing so far.

  2. The garden continues to amaze me with all the things that are still coming back from the dead, Snap. Nature is a hardy perennial, indeed!