For the Letter S in this challenge I thought I would write about something fun to grow and watch grow. I have really enjoyed the challenge it has been creative to come up with topics to write about. To explore something where I do not have a lot of experience, no I am not a writer. I try to leave the writing to the professionals or someone with more talent with words.
To me Sunflowers are an amazing plant. Yes, they can be very huge in height and the head of the sunflower. However not all sunflowers are 10 feet tall with a head of 6 feet across. My father use to grow a sunflower that was an average of 5-6 feet in height with a head of 2-3 feet across. He grew the Black Oil Sunflowers that is put in bird feeders everywhere. Strange that there were not hundreds of birds trying to eat the seed from the plant every year but the deer was always trying to eat the plant. It did not matter if the seed was still green or ready to cut deer loved the plant.
A little about sunflowers that I bet you did not know. As the sun comes up every morning, the sunflower head is facing the sun. As the sun moves in the sky during the day, the head of the sunflower will move with the sun. So, every morning the head of the sunflower is facing east, but every evening the sunflower head is facing west. Yes, it actually moves. It is amazing to see something like this in full bloom. With heads full of small yellow petals and a center that starts out orange with nothing will eventually become full of seed and black. The black part is the covering of the seed. This helps to protect the seed from insects, sun, something eating it and most anything else you may think of.
While the plant may be in full bloom it may not have seed yet this is the pollinate stage. This is the stage where they are covered by honeybees. The honeybees help the sunflower to make the seed. Yes, it can be done without the honeybees but then the seeds will not be the same.
So, tell me what you thing about sunflowers? Have you drove down a country road and seen a field in full bloom? Have you ever tried to grow them? If so, what did you learn?
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