Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Life of a Sunflower

Ok, this post should probably bear the title, "The Death of a Sunflower" but who wants to read a post that starts like that?
 
 
One of the things I've loved about this house we live in are the little pieces of ground that I've been able to dig and learn in. I have loved being able to plant seeds and watch them grow, and it's been really cool to grow a second round of sunflowers from seeds from last year's crop! Man, I love simple stuff like this. 
 

This lovely lady had been drooping for the past couple of weeks, and I just didn't have the heart to uproot her while all of those beautiful green leaves were still holding on. I think that this particular variety gets so top-heavy they can't help but droop not long after they bloom. Last year's did this too. {Does anyone know?}

So, Saturday afternoon I went out with my clippers and my camera. I was so happy to see these cute little blooms growing on the stalk of the sunflower whose time {I thought} was up! Last year's flowers did not do this, so I was pleasantly surprised!


These are the things that fill my thoughts and make me happy.

  
Now look at all these lovely seeds! I probably could have left her on the stem for another week, but she was really weighing it down.


And last week I planted some seeds hoping for a fall crop. Barring any digging dog, I have high hopes for these little sprouts!
 
 
So, I suppose I was right with the title of my post. It is about the life of a sunflower. And even though it seemed like the end, it was really only the beginning.
 
Et cetera. Et cetera.

14 comments:

Traci said...

i love sunflowers. you should have a beautiful crop of them soon. i had the same thing happen with my hydrangea plant. thought i killed it and then noticed lots of new growth. you're so right. it's the little things.

Sian said...

I love sunflowers too. We can never get them to grow very tall here, but we do like to try. I love how you re-cast this post into something with a bit more cheer. Trust you!

Susi said...

Two of my sisters are very good at gardening. Me...not so much. Just last week one of my sisters gave me some sunflower seeds to plant but I'll have to wait until next year to do so. Maybe I'll have some luck...we shall see. I have that same Terra Cotta Turtle sitting in my little flower garden.

scrappyjacky said...

How perfect to be able to get 2 crops in one year....our climate only allows us one crop.
But I do save seeds for the next year...and we eat some of them on cereal and in salads.
One year I put some heads in the compost bin....and when we put the compost on the garden the next year....we had sunflowers shooting up everywhere!!

Irene said...

What a wonderful surprise to find those sprouts. I have tried planting, but I kill everything, maybe I should try planting sunflowers.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

I love sunflowers! The little sprouts are so cute! Hard to believe those big beauties start out so small!

Karen said...

I love sunflowers too but unfortunately don't seem to find the time to do any gardening - I only have a lawn and a couple of pots by the front door.

alexa said...

Ah, and a great story, with these little seeds of hope ... You gave them the conditions and they stepped right up, and grew. (I suspect you do just the same for people too).

Karen said...

I'm not sure why I've never planted sunflowers since I love them, and am willing to pay for them at the grocery store. Lovely post---hopeful at the end.

Audrey said...

Deb, I always love your sunflower pictures! We have some little sprouts growing that are about the same size (Sophie took some of our birdseed and planted them in a pot!). Will try to take pictures soon and we can compare!!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I wonder if you can stake the sunflowers? I love the way the head looks after its passed its prime.
Rinda

Kay G. said...

Lucky you, I can't have sunflowers, the squirrels break them off and eat them!
Still, I get to enjoy my Dad's!

Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it!
Also, I too am an artist, trapped in an office worker's body! ;-)

Cheri said...

I am by no means a gardener, digging in the dirt is not my thing... but I do believe that with sunflowers, you need to stake them when they start getting tall so that the weight of the blooms doesn't kill the plant. Pretty sure I've seen that done around here! Me, I get my sunflowers in the grocery store.

Gail said...

I've seen sunflowers staked somewhere - I'll have go through my pre-digital pics. If I remember those flowers were somethingn like 6 feet tall. We have something similar in our yard but a lot shorter. The birds just love them, especially when the feeders need refilling. :)

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