A Sunflower Brightens the Day

June 25th, 2010

The birds really love sunflower seeds… especially fresh sunflowers.  This goldfinch was testing out the buffet, although I hope to get a few mature seeds for planting next year before they’re all gone.  This one grew as a lucky volunteer from scattered winter seed… there’s three in the same area.  I’m amazed at how large they can grow, and it’s just a fresh, sunny feeling when you walk by and see them.

The size of these leaves is amazing.   I placed my reading glasses on the top for comparison.   Those are just enormous photosynthesis machines in action.  I remember driving through Illinois last year and seeing vast stretches of sunflowers growing in the fields.  It looked beautiful…

8 Responses to “A Sunflower Brightens the Day”

  1. Are those ornamental or do you grow a bunch in the garden for seeds?


  2. Beautiful photo!

  3. fancy finch! is it really that blue? (disclaimer: i’m not too up on my birds. i have a tendency to call the basic garden variety bird “little brown jobbies.”)

  4. Ha! I can’t help but laugh at the glasses sitting on the leaf; looks like it’s observing you! :D
    Beautiful sunflowers too!

  5. R.- They’re the kind farmers grow I think… ours just took root from a stray seed! But I’m going to keep a bunch of them and see how they do next year :)
    Sage- Found your comment in the spam for some reason?! Thanks, and for posting…
    Chook- The goldfinches are so pretty in summer- yet plain in winter. LBJ’s… good name!
    Annie- And the funny part is that it sits outside my bedroom window! Dang big suckers…

  6. I grew them a few years ago. One of them got to 18 ft, eventually. We could not get them to flower for another month an’ a half at least.
    Lovely photos.

  7. I love sunflowers! Mine aren’t as far along as yours but are getting there!

  8. wellsley

    great pictures (im an artist and was wondering if i could use some of the pics for insipiration for my latest works based in the north woods)

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