The sun has set in our vegetable garden. For the past few months, our sunflowers have brightened up the garden with their sunny faces.
It seems like just yesterday that my daughter, Ruthie and I planted the seeds (actually it was March). We planted them near the fence so that it would be easy to support them once they grew tall.
Once planted they started to grow quickly…
I couldn’t wait to see the blooms begin to form…
It seemed to take a long time…but with flowers so large they probably can’t be rushed.
The unopened blooms were far more interesting that I had imagined. There were so many sepals (leaves) around the bloom and I could already imagine how beautiful it would be.
I wasn’t disappointed….
Did you know that sunflowers point east towards the sunrise? As the sun moves during the day, they follow the sun. However, once the flowers mature, they stay facing east. I need to remember that when I am lost next time and will hopefully find a sunflower growing somewhere (not too likely).
We enjoyed the bright sunny face of our largest sunflower until she began to droop and fade….
You can see why we planted her against the fence. It provides the perfect support for the large flower, now full of developing sunflower seeds.
It is now time for us to cut off the spent flower and continue to let the seeds mature.
I must admit that I am kind of sad to see her life end, but I am grateful for the time we had to enjoy her sunny beauty. My kids aren’t sad at all….they can’t wait for the seeds to be ready for us to roast and for them to eat. I will save a few seeds to plant again for next season.
I can’t wait to grow sunflowers again. They are such a great plant for the kids to grow because the seeds are large enough for them to handle easily, the plants and flowers grow so large and you get to enjoy sunflower seeds at the end 🙂