In Bloom Today: Sunflower

Friday, August 11, 2006

Back in June, I wrote about the sunflower that volunteered to grow where I thought I had planted a zucchini seed. I decided that it would be best to move that sunflower elsewhere -- as in, outside of my plot -- not because I don't like sunflowers (they are one of my favorite flowers), but because I thought it would take up too much space and cast too much shade on the other plants.

The sunflower, I thought, would make a perfect candidate for my first foray into guerilla gardening. I had this grand scheme of transporting it to another place, in the dim light of dusk, to beautify a spot in front of a fence that surrounds a set of tennis courts nearby.

But the days passed and I always had an excuse for not moving that sunflower: "I'm too tired." "It's getting dark." "There are too many people here who would disapprove of me planting my own stuff in the public domain." "Maybe I'll do it tomorrow." I dragged my feet for so long and then, once the plant started getting buds, I didn't have the heart to disturb it.

So here we are today, August 11, and you can see that I still have that sunflower in my plot. It turned out to be a real beauty, though, and it really wasn't a troublemaker after all. Things grew around it and under it, and we all managed to get along just fine. The birds are making regular visits to the flowers now, and I enjoy watching them feast on the seeds.

In retrospect, I'm glad I just let that sunflower grow where it wanted to grow. As much as I try to plan everything in the garden -- putting things in particular places or groupings -- it is sometimes the unexpected things that turn out to be the most enjoyable.


Blogger snappy said...

The sunflowers look stunning.All mine have finished now.They are so cheerfull, they make you smile.My three big sunflowers were all volunteers, thanks birds!

7:40 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Great shots. A couple of weekends ago we went for a drive in the country and I took some photos of the sunflower fields.

Hopefully I'll actually write about it before winter comes around.

Thanks for sharing your photos.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

Lovely! I like the contentment of the volunteers who sprouted where they wanted. And isn't it nice when the birds appreciate your garden too.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous bea at La tartine gourmande said...

It is very pretty indeed! It looks such a lovely place!

8:55 AM  
Anonymous coffeepot said...

Beautiful. It is probably good they weren't moved as the photo wouldn't have been the same.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Mae said...

That's a beautiful photo of a sunflower! The very essence of summer.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

My garden plans never work out, for the self seeders that grow where they please! I don't mind one bit!
Your sunflowers are sooo big! Beautiful!

10:28 AM  

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