It’s summer, and that means that sunflowers have grown up and bloomed to brighten the garden. The birds await the seeds to ripen, and soon the goldfinches will be pecking at the centers to have a meal. It’s a beautiful sight, bright yellow birds perched atop happy, yellow flowers.
To create the poster above, I used one of my own yellow sunflower photos. In the graphics program I created layers of the flower in shades of orange, yellow and red. When I put them all together, I gave the final image a painted look. The poster is available for purchase at my Zazzle store, DustyFarmPaper, and comes in sizes that range from small to huge (48×40 inches).
Because of their amazing height, the sunflower is one of the easiest flowers to photograph. They tend to be eye-level or taller, which means a background of blue sky is easy to achieve. The bright yellow and blue make a pretty contrast, as in this photo by bluesnap. Click the image to use it yourself, for free, at Pixabay.
Two photos were merged by this artist to create a sunflower landscape at sunset. I love the effects of shadows as the sun sets with an orange glow. This picture can also be found at Pixabay and the user lists links to the two photos she used to create this end product.
Sunflowers appear on just about any product you can want, and that includes Stationery and Paper Goods. They make beautiful bouquets for country brides, and work well as a cut flower centerpiece for a summer party.
These are only a few of the fabulous pictures of sunflowers out there. Maybe you have some of your own to share. Leave a comment so we can track down your blog and see what you have.
Types of sunflowers and possible problems when planting and growing.
Soon the sunflowers will be popping through the soil and by mid-summer their happy blooms will decorate the garden landscape.
Sunflower plants can be tall or short. When mixing varieties be sure to leave enough space between them as they all need lots of sunlight. Seed packs will describe which is which.
Besides bright yellow the petals can be rusty redish orange as in the Autumn Beauty
variety. (I don’t know what variety this red sunflower is, but it’s pretty.)
I used to plant sunflower seeds until I realized that the squirrels were digging them up as fast as I could plant them! My gardening space is very small, so I don’t need many sunflowers, but a few are nice to have. Because I feed sunflower seeds to the birds in winter, I always have a few volunteers that grow on their own. All I have to do is weed out the ones that are too close together and let the others survive. Of course they don’t always sprout where I would prefer they live, but I can’t be picky. It’s that or no sunflowers, and a summer without sunflowers is just not right!
Here is a picture of my garden last year.
My ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes looked so wonderful right up until they developed late blight, just as they were almost ready to pick, and I never got to eat them. It was very depressing.
I like the fact that sunflowers grow beautifully on their own. Usually they mature and have plenty of seeds to feed the birds. The goldfinches love them. Although, I have had squirrels climb the stalk and chew off the stem to steal the entire flower! Those little buggers are a real nuisance. Now that I have cats prowling the yard, I haven’t had that problem.
I did however have big green grasshoppers chewing on the flowers. It’s always something. But they were so interesting that I let them eat and got some photos.