Monday, August 22, 2016
The Smiles of Sunflowers
As I stand on the ground and look up at the sunflowers, now nearly ten feet tall, I automatically smile. I don't know if it is because I have to look up so far to see them, or if there is some other force making me smile, I just know I smile without even thinking about it whenever I see sunflowers.
This year, I'm growing a variety called 'Heirloom Titan' from Renee's Garden. The tallest flower is at least ten feet tall and the only way to see it is to crane your neck back and look up.
And then you automatically smile.
I think the secret is Mother Nature captures smiles from little kids and puts them in the sunflowers, thus causing anyone to look at them to smile.
In a few weeks, when the sunflower seeds begin to ripen, I plan to set a chair up in the garden and sit there and watch the birds perform their acrobatic stunts to get to the seeds.
And I'll be smiling as I enjoy the show.
Sunflowers. Smile makers. Essential for my veg garden. Easy to grow from seed sown directly in the garden in the spring. Impressive amount of growth in one season, going from seed to ten feet tall in just three months. If you've never grown sunflowers, grow them next year. They are super easy to grow, and they are guaranteed to make you smile.