Can you remember the first time you ever saw a sunflower? I do, like it was yesterday. I was young, maybe five or six years old and living in rural northern California, in redwood country. 

One of our neighbors — as in you took the main curved road, took an unmarked turn-off on a dirt road and traveled a couple of miles. Anyway, this neighbor had a small farm and the woman of the house kept the most beautiful vegetable garden you’ve ever seen. It’s odd to think now that I was so young but remarking on how orderly and well-kept her vegetable garden was.

I was walking through the various neat and tidy rows of vegetables, head down, when I reached the end of the row. I looked up and there they were, a row of huge sunflowers. I was stunned. I remember they were taller than I was and to my small eyes, each was the size of a dinner plate and definitely bigger than my head. It was one of those moments that changes your view of things. Can flowers get this big? How big can they get? As big as the moon? I was fascinated.

Here are some fun facts about the sunflower that I found at The Flower Expert.

~ The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas

~ The national flower of Russia

~ The head can grow as large as a meter across

~ Yellow dyes have been made from the flower petals and black dyes from the seeds

Our lives are made up of these odd moments that give us a jolt of adrenaline and become fixed in our memories forever. Did you ever have a flower or a vegetable or something else in nature give you that jolt, shift your perceptions and provide a memory that would last a lifetime?

I love that I first saw a sunflower in that beautifully kept garden. I love that my young thinking got knocked sideways. I’ve loved gardens and gardening for so many reasons and the surprising sunflower is one of them.




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And now, here are the photos of Sunflowers! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)








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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about sunflowers, anything that comes to mind. Do you remember, as I did, the first time you saw a sunflower plant? Have you ever grown or harvested them? Do you have any odd memories of sunflower seeds? Do you love to put the flowers in a vase? Feel free to share what comes to mind and share from the heartAlso, be sure to tell us where you’re from and I’ll try to remember to do the same, lol!  

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