Do You Love Sunflowers?

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Do you love sunflowers? Yesterday was a rainy day, sovaldi sale and I felt like taking a drive, maybe stop by a couple of antique shops along the way. I took a different route then I normally would, and I’m so glad I did. As I traveled down this little road, I came upon a field of sunflowers. Oh my that were wonderful, so I pulled over to take a photo of all those little faces for as far as I could see.

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Did you know that the scientific name for sunflower is Helianthis, helia for sun and anthis for flower. Sunflowers mature in only about 90 days, and grow up to 12 feet tall. Did you know that many farmers grow sunflowers to feed their cows. This farmer did have a lot of cows, so I am thinking maybe he did.

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One of the most interesting things I learned about these amazing flowers is that their flowering heads track the sun’s movement. Did you know that? The name for this is heliotropism and it has to do with a compound that regulates the growth of the plant. It accumulates on the shaded side, and because of this, the shaded side grows faster than the sunlit side. This is what makes the stem bend towards the sun. Isn’t nature just amazing. How could anyone believe that all of this just happened by accident. I don’t think so.
Happy day
Carole

6 Responses to “Do You Love Sunflowers?”

  1. Martha Says:

    I love sunflowers, in fact after my grandsons went back home after spending 7 weeks with me I had to bring in some sunflowers and brown eyed susans to cheer me up. . .it helped some. Very interesting facts about sunflowers, I did not know any of that. Lovely photos too!

  2. rondell konat Says:

    I love sunflowers and I didn’t know that imformation about them, I don’t think it happened by accident either:)
    Rondell♥

  3. Rachael Kinnison Says:

    They are beautiful Carole~ especially a whole field of them! We always let the children plant one eachevery year, and they see whos grows the tallest and heaviest! These are looking pretty ripe~ have a wonderful week!
    rachael

  4. Brenda Says:

    Yes, I love sunflowers too. Right now I have some drying in my shed. They will be pretty to decorate with this fall. Your pictures are so pretty, I always enjoy them.

  5. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    Wow, the photo of the sunflowers in the field is beautiful…looks like a great subject for painting! :)
    The first year we moved into our home we planted sunflower seeds in a bare spot, and every year since the sunflowers have sprung up everywhere! Talk about a “happy accident!”…we love them.

    Suzanne

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