The Last Sunflower

Beautiful aren’t they? But it is only this year, upon the final wilting days of the children’s homegrown sunflowers, that I dared to take a closer look!

We tend to see the rays of petals and consider the plant as a whole to be the magnificent sunflower! We know that the inner disk is a nursery for seeds, but have you ever taken a really, really close look?

Once the petals have wilted, what are we left with? A thousand small flowers, those mass producers of nectar are in fact mini flowers at the base end of the seeds! Fascinating I thought!

I believe we should hang them upside down in the shed over the winter with a paper bag tied around them in order for the seeds to mature and fall!

Maybe a thousand seeds for the children to sow next springtime. The humble, yet majestic Sunflower…

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

19 thoughts on “The Last Sunflower”

  1. They’re my favourite flowers 💛 they remind me of my family home in the countryside – the drive home used to be a painting of sunflower plantations, with the occasional wild one popping up on the wrong side of the fence. My granny collects wildflowers so she’d always make us stop for it lol. It’s a pretty memory. Thanks for sharing this fun fact 🙂

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    1. That’s a beautiful memory Nadia. I am glad you shared! I think we are making our very own family memories as we progress. I am so happy that you also shared. I hope your granny enjoyed her wildflowers. I love that you would stop for her🌻 sunflowers 🌻


      1. Indeed… I am reminded of out time in Cologne, France when the girls were 18 months old. We stopped be a commercial crop. Absolutely huge sunflowers for making oil. We managed to rip one down and bring it back with us in the boot of the car. I de-seeded it. We ate some, I never planted any of the seeds though… seems a real shame! 😃 lol

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