Friday, August 14, 2009

Sunflowers... Sunflowers...Sunflowers...

Yesterday my next door neighbors grand daughter and I took a walk to the neighbor right behind us to look at the beautiful Sunflowers. They are in full bloom and magnificent, towering way over our heads. Hanging so heavy with plenty of seeds for all the birds to enjoy...
I have known this neighbor since my family moved to this neighborhood almost 50 years ago. Needless to say I didn't move far from home when I got married, just across the street three doors down... And as I have probable told you before I married the boy across the street!!! So my in-laws live right behind me too... Which has been wonderful to have had all the grandparents so close so the kids have really enjoy them!
Look how tall they are towering over Kyra's head, with stalks so heavy and strong to hold the huge flowers...


He planted all different kinds, that is what makes them so grand to look at! There were bees and birds everywhere enjoying them...


These were as big around as my head, maybe even bigger, just standing there glowing in the bright noon day sun... I think I am going to use this one as my new screen saver...



There are tiny ones and orange and yellow ones, and so many more yet to bloom...


As you can see the birds have already started eating them like crazy...

The birds are fun to watch because they pick the seeds out then stand on the backs of the flower eating, leaving all the hulls on the backs of the flower as if it were their plate...

Tall Burgundy ones... with dozens of blooms...
He gave Kyra two big ones to take home and put in her yard so she could watch the birds eat, she could hardly hold them up, I carried one and she carried one back across the yards...

I took this picture the other day of the Fuzzy Face Sunflowers she planted from seed this spring and gave to me for my garden.. What a contrast to the giant ones next door. They only grow about 18-24 inches high but the flower is amazing, looking almost like a mum when it is fully opened... I just love them, they are so cute... I will be picking seeds to start more next year...


This is what it looks like half way opened, I had never seen one before and I thought this was it. But look how full they get! I guess this is why they call it Fuzzy Face...


Lots of blooms on each plant and they are still going strong...
Besides all the sunflowers their yard is full of beautiful flowers, and this butterfly bush was just full of butterflies...


The Glads were in full bloom too... Along with so much more... We stayed for a good while just looking at everything...


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If you look closely in this picture, on the left you can see the corner of my house and on the right you can see the corner of Kyra's Grandmothers house... So we aren't too far away from all the beautiful flowers...
Bees...Bees... and more Bees... just working each and every flower!
So it was a wonderful trip we took across the yard to visit a very special couple, they truly love working in their yard and making it beautiful, and they are a Beautiful Couple!
Have a good one,
Lynn


















1 comment:

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Sunflowers are so wonderful anymore. There are so many kinds, colors and sizes. I love the rust colored ones but maybe they are not the best for feeding birds.