Sunflowers! Becky, they remind me of you. Sunflowers make me happy.
Here’s to sunny days! True, the sunflowers aren’t even planted yet. But they will be.
I’ll be taking pictures of all of them when they bloom. I grow them for the birds (goldfinches) but the squirrels get their share.
Some are pollen free, so they are not messy and make wonderful bouquets. They are top-heavy sunflowers, so they seem to like heavy glass pitchers or old crocks as flower vase.
You’ve seen a lot of different sunflowers in my garden. I can never have too many sunflowers.
Anyway, Becky, these sunflowers make people happy and I think that is one of the reasons they remind me of you.
The birds and the squirrels get all the Snack Seed sunflowers. Sometimes, if I can get out there before that trashy little squirrel tears them up, I’ll cut a few seed heads to dry. In the winter, the birds flock to these seed treats.
When I was on my knees weeding, last summer, I heard voices. But we couldn’t see each other.” Jean, look! That‘s a red sunflower! (She was pointing at the Chocolate Cherry .)
These mixed sunflowers are just like planting surprises. You never know exactly will come up, but you know you are going to like them no matter what.
The neighbors, a couple of houses down, thanked me for growing those long tall Sunzillas. “We sit on the porch every afternoon and it looks those sunflowers are smiling at us.”
Oh, and the red sunflowers? Well, when I stood up, I think I scared the crap out of my visitors. One made a little yelp. And they grabbed each other. “We didn’t know anyone was here!” she screamed at me. “WE ARE SORRY!”
“Well, you are always welcome in my gardens,” I said.
*Becky Funke is in a hospital that does not allow flowers in the rooms. So, not to be deterred, I’ll send them on Pinterest. You can stop by her CaringBridge site to leave well wishes and get updates. Her family keeps the site up to date.