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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

They make me itch...but lookie how pretty........

The little yellow finch like birds (I have not a clue what they are but they sure are a noisy little bunch) are getting their monies worth out of the 5 different kinds of sunflowers we planted in the fairy garden. It's fun to watch the sparrow, house finches and the "whatever" birds swinging upside down on the sunflower heads. It's like our own little bird circus. The turtles have had a good time playing hide and go seek in and amongst the huge trunks of these flowers. The turtles also love the blossums that are knocked down by the birds....who knew.

Every year we have just let the NM wild sunflowers that I brought home from a road trip 6 years ago, go to seed and they grow up about 8 ft with smallish blooms and the birds just love it. But this year we planted other varieties and there has been some major competition to be the tallest of them all among the large head varieties.

Joe said that when he went up to check on the swamp cooler on the roof that the plants were up as high from his vantage point as the "old ones" were on the ground. That means that some of these things are 15 feet high. I guess maybe that's why the trunks of these things are like trees, huh?

Anyway it is getting close to chop down time and that always harolds the coming of autumn...yay.  I will dry some of the heads for the birds for winter. And when I bring in the huge bouquet of the bounty my internal clock will say it is time to start preparing for my favorite time of year.


  1. I had one that stood as tall as the roof of the first floor. Gorgeous plant.

  2. These are gorgeous flowers. They were my grandfather's favorite so I remember seeing the very tall ones when I was a child. I don't see too many of the tall variety here in Oregon.

  3. I love the sunflowers! I planted a bunch but the squirrels dug them up : ( I'm gonna try again next year, but start them inside and wait until they're bigger before putting them in the ground.

  4. ~this is the first year we did not get sunflowers in and seeing your makes me so sad...so i will savor these pictures...which mind you are gorgeous...and make a mental note to never forget the sunflower seeds...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

  5. I love sunflowers. Ours don't grow really big. One year I did have a giant one and it's red colors were out of this world. Yours is beautiful, so pretty. Thanks for sharing Linda. Enjoy

  6. I just love your sunflowers Linda, first year I have not had any. I planted them too late, but what a treat to see yours. think of you often, take care.

  7. I let the sunflower seeds from the birdfeeder grow every year but they never get really big. Yours are awesome!


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