There is so much beauty as you look closely as the flower of the sun begins to unfurl it’s petals.
 
A Sunflower slowly begins to unfurl it’s petals, eager to face the sun.
 
Now completely open, the Sunflower embraces the desert sun.
These two beautiful photos were taken by my nephew, Mr. Green Jeans, who is the resident vegetable grower at “The Refuge”.
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Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. Rosie (Leaves n Bloom)
    Rosie (Leaves n Bloom) says:

    Those are lovely photos. Earlier on today today I had someone from Kuwait asking me to get her sunflower seeds so that she could grow them there. Noel a few days ago over on aplantfanatic was also showing how plants look so different when they are in black and white. I've not tried it out myself yet but you really focus in on the detail in the centre of the plant.

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  2. gippslandgardener
    gippslandgardener says:

    Wow! Taking out the colour really does give the eye a chance to focus on the detail.
    I'm kicking myself for not planting any sunflowers this year. Not only do we get beutiful flowers, but they attract Crimson Rosellas too.
    Next year!

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  3. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    a nice treatment for the common sunflower, you certainly gave it much elegance. BTW, the bush at the right sidebar with pinkish flower is very beautiful too.

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  4. Rose
    Rose says:

    Gorgeous photos! My compliments to Mr. Green Jeans–I never would have thought to present sunflowers in black and white, but these images are so dramatic this way.

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