Sunflower Appreciation

So many people seemed to enjoy the post capturing the transformation of Ina’s Cottage Garden, I thought I would share some others with you periodically. Here’s a look at Maria’s Sunflower bed – from its messy start, to it’s mid-summer delight within the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.

Inauspicious beginnings last Fall…

By February, it waits in anticipation.

Some April color, while the rains delay planting.

Then, they begin their march.

And before we know it…

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”
~ Helen Keller

July’s towering giants…

Not even the Finches can keep ’em down!

My only question is this; when the sunflowers fade in the fall…

what does Maria have planned for winter? Hmmm….

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

4 thoughts on “Sunflower Appreciation”

  1. I’m so glad you posted this progression of the sunflowers. It is hard to believe where this sunflower garden started last fall. It’s been exciting to see such a variety of sunflowers have done so well in the garden. I guess I’ll go for colorful Cyclamen this winter, unless someone else has a suggestion.

  2. Hi Audrey and Maria – no kidding everything is growing like mad! The fruit looks delish and the dahlias are stunning! By now you must know that your mystery bulbs are indeed Amarylis Bella Donna, aka Naked Ladies! They pop up seemingly out of nowhere late July and into August and have an amazing fragrance when they start blooming! I’ll be back out mid next week – Ina

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