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The sunflowers have been following the days for a little while now. I was not a sunflower fan until we started growing them a couple of years back, along with a bunch of other direct-seed cutting flowers—nothing like growing your own for attitude adjustment! Now, I love ’em (well, I really like them), especially when they’re standing tall in the field. These are Sunrich Orange, a one-to-a-stem “pro” cutting variety. There’s also a really rich, multi-color, multi-bloom variety called Go Bananas, you can see a couple tucked away in the corner of the pic… This season’s small flower garden is getting some use, as a few CSA shareholders take advantage of the there-for-the-taking standing offer. And I enjoy that they’re there for the seeing!



  1. Paul R

    Mike, thanks for the post, we were going through TFB withdrawl!

  2. Great shot! If I ever get to the country I’ll be growing lots of sunflowers, so beautiful. I am growing lemon queen this year from the Great Sunflower Project. They have just started blooming so I have been submiting bee counts to them. The bee’s certainly like them!

  3. If I didn’t live clear across the country I would come visit just to see your stand of sunflowers…LOVE them!  Kim

  4. Jeff T

    I’m with Paul R! I refuse to accept the twitterization of the World.

  5. Paul: Didn’t mean to fall so behind (but then, when do we ever?!)… I have TONS of photos and will be backposting forever, once I get down to it. Thanks for the note!!!

    Dan: Sunflowers…they do grow on you. :)

    Kim: I think we’d be great neighbors! Y’know, as weird as the whole removed-from-reality cyberworld is (IMO), online can be kinda like FARMING. Instead of being packed together like in cities, we’re all separated by even just a bit of land. We can all go about kinda doing things our way in our little groups, and get together at a moment’s notice whenever we want to share… The luxury of a little space! (What a thought when most of the people on the planet live in cities… Ooops.)

    Jeff: I’m with you, too! Gotta get off Twitter… It’s worse than watching the news!

  6. Kathleen

    I’m in the process of starting my own tiny farm in Pennsylvania. Pretty excited about the possibilities, but a bit nervous, too. But that’s probably normal. I’m hoping to get a greenhouse put in this fall as well as preparing beds for spring planting. I’ve started a blog about the farm – you’re welcome to visit anytime!

  7. We have never grown sunflowers.  Usually we have to fight  to keep them out of the beans!  I really like that picture though.  Might have to plant some next year.

  8. The heads of the sunflower look so beautiful in your photo’s they are a delight!

  9. Randy Henrie

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    <a href=>Sunflower Farm</a>

  10. I love sunflowers – they are so full of optimism and life.

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