But there is nothing in our garden that makes me as happy as our sunflowers.
Did I tell you about our sunflowers this year?
Last year we grew our sunflower plants from seeds, and were rewarded with some of the most beautiful flowers imaginable. As we do every fall, we cut down all the plants in October and prepped the area for a harsh Chicago winter. However this winter wasn't quite as hard as expected, and we had a much warmer March than ever before. At some point this early spring, our garden came back to life . . . on it's own.
We thought they were weeds at first, but the plants looked a little too familiar and much to kind to be nasty old weeds. So, we waited them out just a bit, to see what they might turn into .
Here is a photo of the garden in mid-May. At this point, Phil had cut down about half of the sunflowers. (We needed some room for our tomatoes and peppers!)
You can see the height of the sunflowers already . . . they were almost 4 feet tall at that point.
Now, one month late . . . the sunflowers have grown far beyond the 6 foot fence. While enjoying some time in the back yard yesterday, I saw the first sign of our flowers . . . peeking out at the very top of the plant.
I had to go in for a closer look . . .
Closer . . .
Oh, maybe from this angle . . .
Nope, let's move again . . .
Just moments ago, the view from our kitchen table tells me that a few more of our yellow friends have opened up . . .
Oh, it's a lovely summer . . . don't you think?