I Love Sunflowers! I sowed several Sunflower seeds this year, just outside my back door off the wood deck. I wanted to be able to be greeted by the sunny brightness when I look out my kitchen window. Only two took to root. The first plant to bloom, grew a mere 4 feet, but what it lacked in height, it grew an abundance of flowers. I counted about eighteen. Its largest was about 9 inches in diameter. I enjoyed several vases from this one stalk. I was thrilled to bring their happy, bright bouquets into my kitchen for a few weeks.
Where flowers bloom so does hope. ~Lady Bird Johnson
Sunflower 1st bloom
He changed sunset into sunrise ~ Clement of Alexandria
The second Sunflower plant to bloom grew to a massive height of over 10 feet. It’s only flower ~ bloomed into a huge 18 inches in diameter. That’s a large pizza pan! Its center had a thickness of approximately 5 inches front to back. This is the largest sunflower I have ever seen, or grown, (as of yet). I Love it!!! It grew in the exact location of my sunflower last year, and the perfect place. This giant is the first sunshine I was able to see out my kitchen window (day or night). It grew so top heavy, that it’s weight lowered the flower head about two feet….and it still tried to reach the sun.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. ~Buddha
Sunflower Giant 2014
My Tomato plant to date, has provided 19 tomatoes from one single seedling. I planted along the backyard fence, where it received morning and early afternoon sun. It was in the shade in the later part of the day, and I presume that is the reason for it’s spindly vine, and long ripening process. All in all, they turned out very well, and I didn’t find the need for any bug sprays etc. I am super excited & look forward to the growing season again next year, when I will plant several Tomato plants in full sun and give them their very own garden.
The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion
I still have not yet dug up my first Potatoes. I shall put on my gloves and dig in the dirt over the next few days. I have my fingers crossed for them. I won’t be surprised if they haven’t grown properly, as I mistakenly planted them in full sun. This year was a learning experience for sure. Next year, I will be better prepared and hopefully, more knowledgeable about potatoes! I have a lot of reading to do!
Additions to my garden this year, (Russian sage, Moonlight Coreopsis, and Black~eyed~Susan) took off, and provided many flower arrangements along with all the other seasoned perennials in my gardens. My Rose bush however, didn’t have as many recurring blooms this year…thanks to an invasion of beetles. It’s perking back up finally after many treatments of Sevin dust.
For the third year in a row, (for fun) I entered in the Baking and Gardening exhibits at my local Fair. I took home 2 Blue (First), 1 Red (Second), and 2 White (Third) ribbons! A whopping $23 😀 came with them….. It’s not a get rich quick scheme, but rather an little added bonus for doing something I love! You can find my recipe for the cookies here: https://countrypkin.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/cranberry-oat-squares/ Let me know if you make them!
So summer is over for another year.
My helper “Little one” in my wheelbarrow of weeds
Often times, someone can help just by being near you. They don’t even need to lift a finger; or a paw!
As I cleanup the wilting flowers & weed out the overgrown flower beds and grasses, I am reminded that everything has its time and season. I am thankful for the harvest of sunshine, and flowers. No need for sadness, even gardens need to rest. I am thankful for the coming fall, and look forward to the winter season that also follows. Christmas will be here before we know it, and the biggest celebration of all will once again be ours, to honor the Father who made ALL life possible.
We faintly hear, we dimly see In differing phrase we pray; But dim or clear, we own in him; The life, the Truth, The way. ~John Greenleaf Whittier